Entering new territory. Now when I show up to shows, there are people who are looking forward to seeing me. The actual Me. When I was the middle act, it was like crashing the party. You gave people a surprise that they were not expecting. Nowadays, some have looked me up and have a feeling what they’re in store for, and of course there are many who are just there because they wanted a night out. I don’t mind, I’m Mike E Winfield, by far one of a kind. I don’t know if my videos are giving the true MEW experience, so I’m going to work on fixing that. This week I am playing in Minnesota in the Acme Comedy Club. Very nice venue. The week is gonna be very productive, and I wonder how I will be received, but I’m swinging for the fences. Almost every joke I have ever written will be new to this audience. I have no fear. I’m requesting to do hour long sets instead of the normal 45 min. Were you there? Let me know. By the way, I love the accent.
Yes its four o’clock in the morning but I’ve did just about every duty that I can do as the man of the house. This is my only time alone unless I’m in another state or country. It’s so quiet and beautiful at this very second. The only noise I can hear is my fingers typing and the snoring of a mysterious infant. In order for this greatness thing to manifest, I have adopted new hours. If this is the time when I’m going to have to write and structure, what other options do I have. Did I tell you? I signed with Gersh Agency. Anyways, I’m looking forward to the new year like I look forward to the next hour. I’m ready to fight. I’m about to learn how to not sleep. It just gets in the way anyways. I’ve been playing Boggle lately so my mind is sharper than penguin nipples. Thanks for sharing this brief time, but back to work.
I want to win because losing sucks. Why do we tell kids, “It’s not whether you win or lose…” You know, when you see the other team holding up their trophies that is a hurtful feeling. That is also a long ride home when you lose. Currently, in my situation, I’m winning and I’m gonna continue to play hard. I hate to lose. I did when I was a child and I do now. Losing is for losers and all our situations can change if we want them to. I am putting myself in positions to be victorious and allowing the path to take it’s course. When I have lost is when I no longer have the desire to try.
I wouldn’t slap them. I would say, “Don’t do that again girl, I’M TELLING YOU!! You’d better watch it.” Everyday I would tell them that there are better ways to make money, but if you enjoy this, there is no reason to leave. We all have a different calling, maybe this is yours and who am I to get you off track of your life’s purpose. Someone has to do it, I guess. If they wanted to get off early, I would allow them to every once in a while. I would say, “Ok, but don’t make this a habit.” I wouldn’t even ask her what’s going on. Its really none of my business. Maybe its the kids or her day job or something. If she was to become pregnant, there is NO and I say NO maternity leave. This business is hard enough and she should know how to protect herself properly. Maybe after the baby I would allow her to come back to work. I would even organize the baby shower, but if and when she comes back, she’d better not bring the baby to work and expect me to do the baby sitting. I don’t play that, even if its mine.
I’m not a shy person. I don’t think so. I can have a mellow demeanor. This is a weird contradiction b/c I love performing, but I don’t have to be the “life of the party,” I just enjoy being there. When called on, thats when I do all my talking. My latest lesson is that lately, I’m being called on quite a bit, and it is time to talk. People want to hear what I have to say and I’m centered in more social settings. Well then, let it be. Time to yap. I’m not shy, I just didn’t want to talk to her. Ha ha. She was uttering not-so-good things to me.
I feel like playing basketball. We used to play at least three times a week, me and my friends, and now the only one who still plays is Ayo. I have friends now, but at a distance. I love them. I miss them. I know I still have b-ball skills, but I will need a week or two to get back rolling. I am the best basketball playing comedian today. I dare someone to challenge that. My look is really deceiving, like if you found out Flavor Flav was good at decorating homes. Life is so time consuming that you end up putting things to the side, while making room for your new list of priorities. Chances are I’m not gonna make the league, but i guess it’s worth it because my payoff is funny. I’ll just play in a movie about basketball. I would call it Hate and Basketball, about me and my lady. I’ll have to get some footage to back up my basketball skills or you better ask somebody.
What exactly is “Makin It?” First thought for many is riches. When I don’t need medical insurance and I can just walk into the hospital and pay for the bill I’ve made it.” Makin It” can’t be as simple as a dollar amount. It has to be a combination of other successful aspects. Does “Makin It” always have to involve money? I guess that depends on who you ask. It irritates me when someone thinks you’re there just b/c of how much money is in your account. Some of us aren’t motivated by cash or women, some of us just have a natural love and drive to be great. Granted, I do enjoy the attention, but I always knew that I didn’t want a traditional lifestyle. I didn’t want the typical 9-5 workday or even a boss for that matter, I always could push myself to get what I wanted. I’m not sure if I will ever “Make It” b/c I’m always looking for more. Anything else in my mind is settling. I could have stopped after my few other television credits, but where would I be? Wanna hear my joy? I can officially call myself a comedian. I performed on The Late Show w/ David Letterman. That’s a milestone that looks amazing on paper and one day when my children understand what I do for a living, they’ll know that I wasn’t wasting anyone’s time. I owe much of my success to the understanding that this isn’t about me. I’m not here for myself, I’ve been put here to touch the hearts of others. I’m like a preacher without the the preach. When someone is taking an hour out of their life to laugh with me, is the time when they forget about any of the hardships or losses going on in their life. I soothe the soul, and to be able to walk on any stage and share ideas that make me smile fulfilling another person’s life with joy is really where I “Make It.” Aside from the blah blah, I love my job.
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I’m not big on patriotism or representin, but that is where I came from. I love that little big city that you seldom hear about unless spoken of in derogatory fashion. The food alone is one of the many reasons why everyone should visit. Bring a vest. There are many sites for tourists, but going into downtown and the inner city is a must. Make sure your packin heat. Much of my family is still in separate parts of Maryland, and there’s a comedy club I play out there from time to time. Don’t step on anyone’s shoes. I know Baltimore has shaped me in various ways, probably more so on the twisted side you see. I miss that place.
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This insight is an hour after performing on The Late Show
Just got off of David Letterman’s stage. Yes, the adrenaline rush is in effect. My heart is pumping and I have nothing to do now. Nope, my excitement is about to dwindle. No crazy after parties, no long line of groupies waiting for my ring to fall off, just a couple of paparazzi. When I left I signed a few autographs but next stop is to hit the room with my plate of fruit and cue cards that Dave just read from. I have a cousin in town and I think he wants to go out to dinner and I am hungry. All I ate today was some soup from that soup guy that Seinfeld goes to. This is not what one would envision after just recording what could be easily one of the biggest performances of my life. I’m glad its over and amazed that I didn’t get nervous. I really prepared for this night, and that is softly spoken. Did I EVER think I would be on the David Letterman show? No. Things just happen and I am thankful afterwards. Who knows what’s next. I’m just gonna continue to put in the hard work and believe in myself and watch these amazing opportunites fall into place. If you’re on twitter, follow me. Twitter.com/MikeEWinfield
So the answer is “NO”. I don’t use a pillow. I know you’ve been wondering and not even when I’m on the plane. I just throw a sweatshirt hood over 76 Fro to protect it from dust or harm and I lay on it. The cushion is much softer than any pillow could provide. I do own a few pillows but really, they’re just taking up space. I’m not here to try to put the pillow industry out of business. I have a wife with a big head and she uses multiple pillows. They’re not even stacked, they’re lined up. Her head is gigantic. If I had her head, my teeth would look like Altoid Smalls or tic tacs. Anyways, I’m not gonna allow her head to take up all the space on this post. This is about how great and handy it is to have big hair. This message has been approved by Afro E Winfield.