Stand-up comedy is a great way to hear a humorous perspective on a given situation. I find it entertaining both for the jokes, and for how much fun the comedian seems have telling them. I found out about Mike E. Winfield through word of his upcoming performance at the Capitol City Comedy Club (Feb 4-7!). I reached out to him to ask his thoughts on stand-up comedy, because it is apparent that he enjoys his profession.
Travis Blair: What is it about stand-up comedy that keeps bringing you back up to the microphone?
Mike E. Winfield: It’s the last place for un punishable free speech, and it’s liberating. Oh yeah, the money. I love it.
Travis: Does a venue ever affect the performance of your routine?
Mike: A venue can definitely have an affect. Some are more intimate and some are large and theatrical. I feel like a born performer so they all make me tingly inside. I’d perform in a living room or a coffee shop if it’s some people sitting in front of me. I have a lot of ideas in my book and they don’t work just saying them in my head.
Travis: Is there a moment in stand-up comedy that influenced you?
Mike: I’m driven by the love of creativity and I look for it in all genres. I love hip hop, and a lot of well written verses challenges me to become a better artist. I like to get the people talking. I appreciate a joke that’s well done.
Travis: How has your experience on the stage helped you on the screen?
Mike: I’m not sure if performing on stage has really helped me on screen. On screen has made me look at the way I act out a lot of my material on stage. After I began acting, I became more physical on stage. What I mean, is I act out more of my material.
Travis: What makes for a good joke?
Mike: A good joke is one that other comedians look and think, “I wish I would have wrote that.” A good joke is so simple, and often so obvious that people relate in a way that shows that we are all connected somehow.
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