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Ubiquitous comic star to bring act to islands

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS Mike Epps attended the L.A. Premiere of "50 Shades of Black" in January. He is scheduled to perform in Hawaii in October.

Comedy star Mike Epps is coming to Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Oct. 28 and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Oct. 30.

Epps, who frequently tours as a stand-up comedian, can be seen in two current television series: as Uncle Julius in the Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse,” produced by LeBron James and Mike O’Malley, for which he won a 2016 NAACP Image award for best supporting actor in a comedy series; and in the starring role of the ABC series “Uncle Buck,” based on the 1989 film starring John Candy. He starred as Carl Black in the 2016 comedy film “Meet the Blacks,” which he also executive-produced.

Promoter Rick Bartalini Presents will offer a kamaaina-only presale for tickets at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A credit card registered to a Hawaii ZIP code is required. Get tickets for the Honolulu show, $35.50-$95.50, at, by calling 800-745-3000, at the Blaisdell box office or at Ticketmaster outlets. Get tickets for the Maui show, $45.50-$65.50, at or by calling 242-7469. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Sept. 3.

Olympians to share stage at MTV show

NEW YORK >> Recent Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and the Final Five are heading to the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV said Phelps, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian will present awards at Sunday’s show in New York.

Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Puff Daddy will also present awards, while attendees at Madison Square Garden will include Kanye West, BrysonTiller, 2 Chainz, DNCE, Desiigner and Troye Sivan.

Britney Spears, Rihanna, Future, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas and the Chainsmokers will perform during the show.

Beyonce is the leading nominee with 11, followed by Adele with eight nominations. Adele won’t attend the show; a representative for Beyonce didn’t immediately say whether the singer would attend.

Beyonce, Adele, West, Justin Bieber and Drake will compete for video of the year.

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  • Using the term “ubiquitous” is inappropriate in this headline. According to Webster, ubiquitous means being everywhere at once; frequently encountered. More appropriate terms for this headline would be “popular” or “award-winning.” The misuse of terms such ubiquitous, iconic, and historic demean the terms, making it more difficult to describe things, people, and events that would be properly described by the terms. And while I am at it: Things are either unique or they are not since unique means one of a kind. Things are not “rather unique,” “quite unique.” or “very unique.” It’s no wonder our students score poorly on standardized assessments.

    • AGREED completely! When I saw the headline “ubiquitous” I thought – “Gee! Wonder who it is?”, clinked the link to see Mike WHO? Never heard of the guy… A thousand other comics could be described as ubiquitous maybe, but not this one.

    • Your ability to reason has failed you. Being armed with a dictionary does not make you an expert in grammar and writing. They used “ubiquitous” because — if you read the story — not only is he frequently touring the country, but he’s on two different televisions shows in addition to having had a starring role in a recent movie. That being in multiple platforms (live, TV x 2, and movies) all at once makes him arguably “ubiquitous”, not “popular” or “award-winning”.

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