Mike Fields is a Lexington, Ky., based comic, who was born and raised in West Virginia. Although Mike may be new to comedy, he has hit the ground running.
He is a two-time featured performer at The West Virginia Comedy festival and Cincinnati’s Brew HAHA Comedy Festival. He has also opened for America’s Got Talent’s Ryan Niemiller and Last Comic Standing’s Dale Jones.
Mike has been performing at comedy clubs, festivals and shows all over the United States. He is fast becoming one of the area’s favorites, and he’s definitely a comic you won’t want to miss.
He will be one of the comics representing Lexington in the Louisville vs. Lexington Comedy Battle on May 6 at the Aloft Louisville Downtown.
Tickets for the show are $8 each or $25 for a table that seats up to four and are available here.
Louisville Laughs: How did you get into comedy?
Mike Fields: I’ve enjoyed standup since I was a child; and I made trying standup my New Year’s resolution in 2018. I fell in love with it, and it’s been a big part of my life ever since.
2. What is the strangest place you have performed?
The strangest show I’ve done and hope I’ll ever do was in Bellafontaine, Ohio, in a bar, where the stage was next to 17-foot taxidermied giraffe. The owner had also made a cane out of the giraffe’s manhood and loved showing it off.
3. What has been your comedy highlight so far?
The biggest highlight so far is a tie; either performing at Cincinnati’s Brew Ha Ha Comedy Festival or my first club feature booking with Dale Jones at The Caravan Comedy Club. Both were great experiences!
4. You also produce shows at Pivot Brewing in Lexington. What’s the best and worst part of working with fellow comedians?
Producing shows is stressful, but the best and worst part is the same, bookings. You get to meet some great people, network and hopefully make friends in a town you’ve not done comedy in. But, it also shows you how not to act.
A lot of comics really sell them selves in strange, very brash ways. But it’s a small price to pay to book a show with comedians I respect and admire.
5. What’s something about performing standup that people don’t understand?
I don’t think people realize how much work goes in to being good at standup comedy. You put yourself through a lot, traveling, trying to figure how to make your act work and doing terrible shows just so you can get a few minutes on stage. Writing jokes is difficult, especially when you try to appeal to the widest audience possible. But it’s definitely worth all the effort.
5 1/2: Do the Lexington comics have a chance against the Louisville comics?
I’m hoping for a great show. I hope we can win, but I’m just looking forward to performing with some of my good friends from both cities.