Comedian apologizes after kangaroo punches him at Joe Louis Arena

Posted April 04, 2017

According to Stacks, Skippy is part of a travelling exotic zoo and claimed to have proper licenses.

During a video of the event, Epps can be seen holding the animal's harness.

A United States comedian has copped backlash online for bringing a leashed kangaroo on stage as part of his act. In two videos, the kangaroo appears to lash out in a panic, causing Epps to run to the other side of the stage: Here's another video: World Animal News took to Twitter to condemn Epps, writing "Animals are NOT entertainment!"

Epps defended the stunt in a social media message that has been deleted.

Folks on social media are hopping mad with comedian Mike Epps for bringing a kangaroo on stage during his comedy routine in Detroit - where the distressed marsupial socked him in the face.

TMZ reports, several ticket holders were infuriated and even described the display as "violent" and "animal abuse".

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He takes the mobile zoo to homes and schools so people can experience animals up-close.

Mike Epps is at the center of controversy after bringing a kangaroo onstage with him during a recent show (video below).

Mike Epps isn't laughing, and neither are we.

He posted on Instagram April 2 that he wants to "sincerely apologize to everybody".

"Sorry if I offedend (sic) anybody I love animals sense I was a kid I had dogs my whole life", wrote the performer, who is also set to star as the late Richard Prior in the upcoming biopic "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?". "PETA hopes the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct an immediate investigation and that the backlash over this stunt will remind all comedians that there's nothing amusing about cruelty to animals".