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Meet Mike Epps for a book signing of "Unsuccessful Thugs" Wednesday, March 28th at 7pm Only books purchased at The BookMark Shoppe will be signed. At least one copy of "Unsuccessful Thug" is required for entry All sales are final. Books can be purchased in shoppe A no-holds barred rollicking memoir by stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps, detailing his childhood, his early years, his brushes with the law, his arrests and times in jail, and his later career as a storied comedian and actor. Starting his career in Atlanta’s Comedy Act Theater before moving onto New York’s Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo, and later L.A.’s Laughapalooza, Mike Epps has become one of America’s top comedians. He’s sold out arenas, and been in movies with Whitney Houston, Ice Cube, Bernie Mac, and Vin Diesel. He’s starred in an ABC TV sitcom, Uncle Buck, and soon will portray his idol, Richard Pryor, opposite Oprah. None of it would have happened, though, if Epps had been any good at his first career: crime. In UNSUCCESSFUL THUG, Mike Epps shares what it was like growing up in the inner city of Indianapolis, where shootings were routine, cocaine was easy to find, and trips to Juvenile Hall were not uncommon. After a stint stealing cars and dealing cocaine, Epps deemed himself too sensitive for a life of crime, and so started on the slightly more reputable path of stand-up comedy. Including accounts of Epps’ comedy career, his perspective on growing up black in America, and on racism in Hollywood, UNSUCCESSFUL THUG tracks one comedian’s journey from the Indianapolis projects to Hollywood stardom and the insight he’s gained along the way. Mike Epps is an American stand-up comedian, actor, film producer, writer, and rapper. He is best known for playing Day-Day Jones in Next Friday and its sequel, Friday After Next, and also for appearing in The Hangover and The Hangover III as “Black Doug”. He also played L.J. in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction in 2004 and 2007. Most recently he appeared as the lead on ABC’s Uncle Buck. He has three movies scheduled for release in 2017 and will be portraying Richard Pryor opposite Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson, and Eddie Murphy in the upcoming Richard Prior: Is It Something I Said? He currently lives in Encino, California.