Mike E. Winfield in minutes will describe what has happened in your life that very day. Many often leave his show saying, “Does he live with us?” Strikingly brilliant comedian Mike E. has not slowed down since his debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and then winning a reoccurring role on NBC’s The Office. Whether its hardships or love, you’re going to get it served honestly from this charismatic Baltimore native who got his comedy start in California’s state capitol. When asked, why Sacramento? He says, “If they want you, they’ll find you.” And they have, his success is rapidly rising and you may have seen him on Showtime’s Comics Without Borders, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and the Arsenio Hall Show.
Mike E. Winfield has set down to talk to Young Urban Voices to talk about his comedy career and his plans for the future.
Young Urban Voices: Why did you decide to get into comedy?
Mike: Like many comedians, I thought I was funny. I still do, unless things aren’t going right in my life and I lose some confidence. I never wanted to have a boss, and I like to laugh, and that played a huge role in pursuing comedy. When I realized you could have a career performing stand up, it seemed like a better idea than using my bachelor’s degree in English.
YUV: What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far in your career?
Mike: Quitting my day job at the grocery store has easily been the greatest accomplishment. Anyone can quit a job, but I had to quit so I wouldn’t have to lie anymore as to why I was calling in sick. One time I called in sick from the Amtrak, then the conductor came on the intercom and I hung up really fast. When my manager called back, I didn’t answer the phone. He was the lowest manager on the grocery pole and he didn’t have the authority to make any severe moves concerning my grocery career.
YUV: Where do you want to be in the next five years of your life?
Mike: Alive would be nice. It doesn’t always end well. Hahahaha. Ok, that was dark. In five years, I’d like to end racism. I’m working on doing that as we speak. Once I end racism, I’ll probably go back to personal about jokes about my relationship.
YUV: What advice would you give to other aspiring comedians or actors hoping to break into entertainment?
Mike: If you’re going to do it, pursue it 100% because if you don’t, you’re just in the way. Be prepared to lose everything you have and love. Advice… Aim for originality, don’t write material while watching comedy on television. That’s subliminal joke theft. Do whatever you think is funny, and run away from anyone trying to offer you advice. If you’re attractive, sleep your way to the top, if you’re not be prepared to struggle.
YUV: How are you different from other comedians?
Mike: I just am. I can’t personally answer this because I’ve never tried to be different, it just happened. Find someone who knows me and is not my family and they’ll tell you how I’m different. My family is a little upset with me lately, so I’d stay away from them. I hope that changes.
YUV: Where can your fans catch you next? Any comedy shows coming up soon?
Mike: Visit my website for current updates: www.BigAssTeeth.com
I’m actually performing in San Francisco April 10th
and Sacramento April 15th
YUV: How can we follow your work?
YUV: Is there anything you’d like to add?
Mike: I mean well. I love most everyone, and I like it when people approach me to pray with me. I love what I do, and I’m very grateful all these amazing opportunities keep coming my way. If I’m doing something right, I just hope I keep doing it. I’m afraid because the selfish side of me was more ambitious, but now that I respect and cherish the love and people around me, it’s not about “me” anymore. I like results, and my approach to get them is different now. I hope that made an ounce of sense.
YUV: How did you land a role on The Office and The Late Night Show?
Mike: I auditioned for The Office and I had an amazing audition, but I believe in my heart that the director was a fan of mine, and he pulled some strings. I was a Warehouse Worker starting on Season 8. I want to write a show about my life as a Warehouse Worker and the balance of life with my wife who is successful in corporate America, who I can’t get to just be the wife I want her to be.
YUV: How was appearing on the Arsenio Hall show?
Mike: Appearing on the Arsenio Hall Show was wild partly because before I walked on stage, earlier that day, Arsenio walked to my dressing room in slippers that were given to him by Snoop Dogg. I could also hear R. Kelly singing from the other room. There are experiences in my life that no one will ever be able to relate to. R. Freaking Kelly was in the dressing room next to mine, and I’m still deciding what jokes I want to perform in a few minutes.