Sunday, April 1, 2012
Tonight @ Milwaukee Theatre, 8 p.m.
If it weren't for Chris Tucker declining to return to his role as Smokey for the sequel to the 1995 cult classic Friday, the world might not know Mike Epps the way it does today. Although he has been featured for his stand-up on Def Comedy Jam several times throughout his career, Epps is best known for his on-screen work opposite Ice Cube, which began with Next Friday and continued with Friday After Next and All About the Benjamins. After Epps' remake of The Honeymooners with Cedric the Entertainer flopped hard, more movies with Ice Cube followed, including Lottery Ticket and Janky Promoters, which cast the two as promoters who fail to book Young Jeezy for their club. This summer he'll also appear in Sparkle, a Motown drama that marks Whitney Houston's final film role.