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Dec 1, 2015

COMEDIAN MIKE EPPS HEADLINES “FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS” AT JOE LOUIS ARENA MARCH 25

Tickets On Sale Now

(DETROIT– December 1, 2015) — Top veteran comedian Mike Epps will bring his newest stand up smash, “Festival of Laughs” to Joe Louis Arena on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. with special guests Sommore, Earthquake, Gary Owen, and Tommy Davidson.

Tickets ($52, $59, $75, $125 and $175) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.  For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Lineup subject to change.

Coming right off his widely successful “Real Deal Tour” and filming of STARZ Survivors Remorse, Epps ventures straight into 2016 with the filming of ABC’s Uncle Buck and the long awaited Richard Pryor biopic. Epps will also be co-headling the national “Festival of Laughs” with Sommore and friends through 2016.

About Mike Epps
Comedian and actor Mike Epps has generated quite a buzz among his peers and within the industry for being one of the funniest comedic actors emerging in the Hollywood spotlight. Mike is currently on his own national comedy tour, “Mike Epps: Don’t Take It Personal” which is selling out major concert venues across the country. It was recently announced that Epps would play legendary comedian Richard Pryor in the star studded biopic set to film in 2016. “I don’t feel pressure from the audience necessarily; I feel pressure for myself to do right for Richard himself.” Epps can also be seen in the widely popular comedies Next Friday, How High, Dr. Doolittle 2, Survivors Remorse and the highly anticipated ABC show Uncle Buck.

About Sommore
The Trenton, New Jersey native has appeared various shows including Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, BET's Live From LA, Showtime At The Apollo and featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Sommore received the prestigious Richard Pryor Award for "Comic Of The Year". Starring in the ground-breaking “Queens of Comedy” tour, Sommore was featured on the Showtime special and now has her own successful DVD The Queen Stands Alone. Her film appearances include Soul Plane, A Miami Tail, Friday After Next and Something New. Other noteworthy accomplishments include several appearances on the sitcoms The Hughley's, The Parkers, and Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahar. She most recently filmed a comedy special called Chandelier Status.

About Earthquake
D.C.’s own Nathaniel Stroman turned Earthquake has a knack for gut instinct. It’s how he came to have thousands of adoring fans and has graced every media opportunity afforded a stand- up comedian in this day and age. His break out performance film About Got Damm Time, became an instant popular collectible and his From the Outhouse to the Penthouse shocked the masses as he proudly captivated audiences live the weekend of the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. His subsequent film appearances in Getting Played with Vivica Fox, Barnyard and animated classic, Clerks II with Wanda Sykes and Ice Cube’s The Longshot’s gave Quake fans a taste of a promising future. The remainder of his resume reads like a who’s who of stand-up comedy while he traveled the mainstream circuit blessing the forums of HBO’s Bill Maher (which made him the first comedian to receive a standing ovation on that show) Howard Stern (with Stern calling him his new favorite comedian), and Chelsea Lately to name a few. His most interesting looks were caught on trendy talk shows like Weekend At D.L.’s and Baisden After Dark, but when the nation caught him gliding on the stage at George Lopez, it was as if time had stood still. Refreshingly charming with a pristine presentation Quake looks amazing as if he hadn’t been in the game for 20 years. His fans were excited to receive him as the unforgettable Uncle Mike in Chris Rock’s beloved Everybody Hates Chris a recurring role he had the world on board with his infectious…’Big man!’. If Quake has learned nothing else about himself he has learned that what he says impacts language.

About Gary Owen
Remarkably, Owen starred in three Showtime specials all in the same year;  his one-hour comedy special True Story was an instant hit and is now a best-selling DVD; he commanded the stage as host of  Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam - Live from Orlando and he was a stand-out performer on “Mike Epps Presents: Live From Club Nokia.” Owen had a recurring role as Zach the barber on Tyler Perry’s successful television series House of Payne. Perry met Owen on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (Owen is a regular on the radio show) and immediately knew he wanted to work with him and wrote him into the show. On the big screen, Owen appeared in the films Little Man with The Wayans Brothers and Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy. He is also recognized around the country for his scene stealing role as “Bearcat” in the MGM film College.

About Tommy Davidson
Tommy's impressive film debut was opposite Halle Berry in Strictly Business (1991). He immediately segued into select high-profile films, starring opposite Jada Pinkett Smith in the romantic comedy, Woo (1998) (New Line), and in the provocative urban comedy, Booty Call (1997) (Columbia Pictures). His credits include numerous feature film roles, from Spike Lee's Bamboozled (2000), where he received acclaim and praise for his turn as "Womack/Sleep 'N Eats", to Juwanna Mann (2002) (Morgan Creek Productions') and the pivotal cameo in Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), which has become a cult favorite.

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