Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedians Journey From Naptown To Tinseltown

Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedian's Journey From Naptown To Tinseltown


From Naptown to Tinseltown—legendary stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps finally tells all in this outrageous, hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir.

Before starring in Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo—before the sold-out comedy shows, Uncle Buck, and becoming his hero Richard Pryor in a biopic—there was Indianapolis. And not the good part. Mike Epps is one of America’s favorite and funniest people, but the path to fame was paved with opportunities to mess it up. And mess it up he did.

Growing up in “Naptown”—what people who live there really call rough-around-the-edges Indianapolis—Epps found himself forced to hustle from an early age. Despite his mother’s best efforts, and the love of his well-behaved brother, “Chaney,” and his beloved sister, Julie, Epps was drawn to a life of crime, but as he quickly discovered, stealing and dealing didn’t really fit his sweet sensibilities. Not to mention he wasn’t very good at it—take, for example, the day he had to call the cops on himself when a dog wouldn’t let him leave a house he was burgling. After several arrests and more than a few months in jail, Epps finally realized that he was an unsuccessful thug, and instead turned to the next most obvious career path: stand-up comedy.

Heading first to New York, then all over the country, and finally to Hollywood, Mike Epps carved out a unique place in American comedy, combining hysterical tales of his family and friends with a mordant take on life in the Naptowns of America. Comedy saved Mike Epps, and here he reveals exactly how he finally grew up and got out, barely. And when describing how he survived when so many of his friends didn’t, Epps makes clear what he’s thankful for and sorry about. Unsuccessful Thug is about growing up black in America, facing down racism in Hollywood, and ultimately how it feels to fail at thugdom, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and end up selling out arenas and starring in movies across the country.

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  • 001 Unsuccessful Thug
    Duración: 14s
  • 002 Prologue
    Duración: 05min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duración: 30min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duración: 20min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duración: 25min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duración: 11min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duración: 25min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duración: 12min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duración: 25min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duración: 30min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duración: 12min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duración: 24min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duración: 16min
  • 014 Chapter 12
    Duración: 13min
  • 015 Chapter 13
    Duración: 17min
  • 016 Chapter 14
    Duración: 09min
  • 017 Chapter 15
    Duración: 15min
  • 018 Chapter 16
    Duración: 19min
  • 019 Chapter 17
    Duración: 19min
  • 020 Epilogue
    Duración: 18min
  • 021 Credits
    Duración: 33s