CARLOS MENCIA Is A Changed Man. The Comedian Tries To Rewrite His Stand-Up Career

On 19 April 2013

CARLOS MENCIA Is A Changed Man. The Comedian Tries To Rewrite His Stand-Up Career

Carlos Mencia is well known in stand-up comedy world but lately he was labeled by his comedian “brothers” as a joke thief. His style is not so easy to understand as he goes far with political jokes including a slice of race, culture, criminal justice and social class.

Of course you’re offended if you’re the one he’s talking about and you feel uncomfortable but have you ever thought if maybe this guy is right?

In 2005, comedian Joe Rogan wrote a post on his website publicly accusing Mencia of being a plagiarist, alleging that Mencia stole jokes from a number of comedians.

On February 10, 2007, Rogan confronted Mencia on stage at the Comedy Store on Sunset and continued his allegations of plagiarism. He was joined by George Lopez, Bob Levy and Bobby Lee.

Mencia has also been accused of stealing a routine from Bill Cosby in his special “No Strings Attached”. Mencia's alleged plagiarism was satirized on the April 8, 2009 episode of South Park entitled "Fishsticks" in which Mencia takes credit for a joke that somebody else had written.

In 2011, he stated in an interview that he had been in therapy due to accusations of plagiarism.

In February 2009, the comedian was dropped from the Krewe of Orpheus' celebrity lineup for New Orleans Mardi Gras, citing inappropriate comments he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He remarked during his stand up: “I’m glad Hurricane Katrina happened. It taught us an important lesson: Black people can’t swim.”

Mencia once made a joke about how you don't want to see strippers in the light. He also said that politics is a bunch of BS. Daniel Tosh did that. So did Dane Cook. So did George Lopez. My point is that a lot of comedians recycle the same classic material that is always funny.

We’re done now with all the bad stuff. The man has changed (and for many of us that’s not a good thing).

He shed more than 70 pounds (maybe he was too stressed by the mean plagiarism accusations) and is now out of the therapy.

No matter how much he changed about him, the damage was done but he’s not giving up. Mencia tries to rewrite his career. 

"I guess, if I learned nothing else, it's that you can't take it personally," said Mencia, who will perform April 19 at The Music Farm in Charleston. "And getting to that point was hard for me, and I realize now that it takes maturity and understanding that there are going to be bumps in the road. It's so easy to become angry and to become bitter, but you have to grow and change and evolve and become better."

Without some extra pounds little has changed about Mencia on stage, where each night he seeks to challenge the audience's perception of socially sensitive topics like race, class and politics.

As an example, Mencia cited a joke in his act about the late pop singer Whitney Houston. "There is nothing anybody can do to bring Whitney Houston back, and it doesn't make me a bad person to tell a joke about it, and it doesn't make someone a bad person for laughing at that joke," Mencia said. "You're also not a better person for choosing not to laugh, but that's how so many people think.”

When talking about his comedy, Mencia refers often to "essential truths," which he describes as the sometimes ugly things we all know to be true about our society and culture yet choose not to talk or think about.

First of all, you have to remember that these are jokes and we have our freedom of speech. If we laugh at his jokes it doesn't mean we’re racists, mean, have cultural issues and social complexes. It means he’s funny. How simple is that? And, after all, he’s half Mexican half Honduran for Dios mios sake! Why would he be racist? That means he’s making fun of himself as well and that’s what comedians do.

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