INTERVIEW: Mike E. Winfield

With his debut on The Late Show W/ David Letterman comedian Mike E. Winfield made Hollywood take notice of his strikingly brilliant approach to making people laugh. A recurring role on NBC’S The Office made him popular with TV audiences, and memorable appearances on Showtime’s Comics Without Borders, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and the Arsenio Hall Show showcased Winfield’s talent and diversified his audiences. Currently, Winfield is in a new movie PIMP w/ rapper DMX and streaming on the Netflix special Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo. Winfield also guest-stars on the critically acclaimed digital series, Conversations in LA created by Anne Marie Cummings — and delivers, a memorable performance opposite Gustavo Velasquez which places him in contention for Daytime Emmy Award consideration.

We caught up with Winfield to have a conversation about Conversations…

VENTS: What is the most memorable conversation you’ve had?

WINFIELD: Back in college I was working at Marshall’s and having an evaluation meeting to see if I was worth a 50 cent raise. During the course of our conversation, I said the words, “It’s ok.” in response to my boss’s tardiness or delay of the meeting, and she responded that, ‘It’s not ok.’ That was life changing to grasp that I don’t have to be “ok” with any way some treats me. It’s ok for me to have a voice and to share how I really feel.

VENTS: What is the conversation that is not taking place, that you wish would?

WINFIELD: I don’t think were discussing proper nutrition in our culture. There’s specific foods that lead to high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure and we really only speak about the different ways to cook these foods. We’re fast to make a new show about the obesity that eating these foods cause, but were not vocal at all about the unhealthiness that these terrible habits cause. 

VENTS: Is the art of conversation dead?

WINFIELD: I think that technology is allowing more conversations to be had from many that you would never hear their voice. Unfortunately, many hide behind an avi, but many are using their social medias as platforms to keep conversations going. I think technology is opening doors to many different point of views.

VENTS: What was it about the conversation your character has in the new episode of CONVERSATIONS IN LA that made you want to do the show?

WINFIELD: My character Jeremy was burned early in life and had to deal with lost early, so in the position to lose again, he’s vowed to himself to never let that happen so by any means he has to keep business in order. I created that backstory going in so Jeremy could glide through this one take scene while openly sharing his escapades. I wanted to do the show when I realized the pain that Jeremy reveals will be overshadowed by Gus’ but still had to be recognized. I knew I could express his pain and emptiness.

VENTS: This role is a departure for you, after watching the episode, what conversation do you want viewers to have?

WINFIELD: This is definitely a change of pace for me and the conversation I want viewers to have is ‘do I love him more in dramas or comedies?’ 

Conversations in LA is avail via iTunes and Amazon.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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