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Festival of Laughs: Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J & Felipe Esparza

Friday

Mar 31, 2017 – 08:00 PM

19 Steve Yzerman Dr
Detroit, MI 48226 Map

  • Mike Epps
  • Sommore
  • Bruce Bruce
  • Felipe Esparza
  • Arnez J

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Festival of Laughs: Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J & Felipe Esparza
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
Mike Epps: Funny-man Mike Epps, hit the big time when his stand-up was featured on the Def Comedy Jam Tour in 1995. However, it was his appearances in Ice Cube's Friday sequels that made him famous. Now, you can catch the Mike Epps comedy tour this 2011 at a venue near you.

This character actor has also had memorable roles in the Resident Evil movies and as the voice of "Boog" in the Open Season animated movie sequels. Furthermore, Epps has recorded two Def Comedy Jam shows on HBO and has lent his comedic talents to dozens of movies. Don't miss out on the 2011 Mike Epps Comedy Tour. Use Eventful as your source for updates on Mike Epps' stand up tour dates in your area - through 2011 and beyond!

Bruce Bruce: Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills. Bruce's larger than life comedic style has been showcased across the country as well as on hit television programs, while his wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality sets him apart from other standup comedians. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh. He also does comedy appropriate for the entire family and has earned his title as the "Mayor of Comedy." After receiving the highest ratings ever as the host of BET's 10th "Comic View" for two seasons, Bruce returned to the BET family this past October, as the new host of the highly rated "Coming to the Stage."

Bruce starred in his own "Comedy Central Presents" special early last year and UrbanWorks Entertainment released a One-Hour comedy special DVD "Bruce Bruce Live" this past summer. Bruce will be seen in Ice Cube's XXX: State of the Union, and can be seen in a cameo role as "Lime Pimp" in Hair Show starring Mo'Nique and Kellita Smith. He also recently shot a role in Cloud Nine, starring D.L. Hughley. Bruce was also named the most recent host of Original Kings of Comedy promoter Walter Latham's last comedy tour, The Crown Royal Comedy Festival.

Bruce's comedy can actually be traced back to when he was working as a chef straight out of high school, He would entertain his customers with his humor while cooking up mean BBQ dishes. Bruce also worked as a Frito-Lays salesman and did everything from shelf placement to performing his comedy sets during their corporate meetings. Eventually, Bruce brought his comedic routine to the Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta where he performed on a regular basis. When the BET program "Coast to Coast" came to town searching for new and talented stand-up comedians, Bruce would pursue the opportunity to appear on the show and would incessantly audition at each club. Ultimately, he appeared on the show three times. In 1993, Bruce made his first appearance on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," as he became a comedy club hopper, consequently receiving his big break from his 1994 appearance on "Showtime at the Apollo," hosted by Steve Harvey. His performance was so strong and impressive that the Apollo asked him back to perform two more times in 1995.

After touring in multiple comedy clubs for numerous years, Bruce transcended his personality onto the music video scene. Most recently, he has made guest appearances in videos with Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins (after being named in their hit song "Salt Shaker"). He appeared in the monstrous 1996 summer hit "Come On Ride the Train (Ride It)" by Quad City DJs and can also be seen in Outkast's music video "So Fresh, So Clean." Bruce is also featured along side Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog as Dewayne, a good-natured "rent-a-cop," in the Lions Gate Films feature, The Wash.

In addition to his television career Bruce is known for his memorable appearances at the prestigious Black Film Festival in Acapulco (2001), the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal (2000 and 2003), Laffapalooza Festival in Atlanta, GA (1999-2002) and the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen (2002).

When not performing in comedy clubs across the country, Bruce divides his time between his homes in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He is also extremely dedicated to his incredible car collection, which includes two Harley Davidson trucks and four Buick muscle cars, among others

Felipe Esparza: Felipe Esparza is a comedian and actor, best known for his raw, real-life comedy that audiences everywhere can relate to. Known for his wild hair and his often-imitated phrase, "what's up, fool?", people are always surprised to find out that Felipe is also the same person referred to and imitated in several infamous onstage stories by fellow comedian, Gabriel Iglesias.

Felipe is a product of the streets of East Los Angeles (Boyle Heights, to be exact). There is no subject that Felipe can't make fun of. He could stand on a stage without a single joke and make people laugh, but that wouldn't happen. Felipe is one of the best comedy writers in the business.

Felipe got immediate television exposure, when he appeared on a Showtime, "Diamonds in the Rough" segment, just 1 1/2 years into his stand-up career. Since that time, he has appeared on numerous television shows, including ABC's "Comics Unleashed", Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and "Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey", Showtime's "Comics Without Borders", BET's "Comic View", and Galavisión's "Que Locos" (where he holds the title of most appearances by any comedian).

In 2009, he appeared in his first two feature-length films, “The Deported”, with Nick Turturro, Talia Shire, and Paul Rodriguez and a feature-length film based on his stand-up comedy called, “I’m Not Like That No More”, where he stars opposite Paul Rodriguez.

Felipe has most recently been seen winning the 2010 season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing"! Catch him performing live on the Last Comic Standing tour, coming to over 65 cities across the United States.

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