5 things you didn’t know about Carlos Mencia

18 Nov

In 1990, Carlos Mencia started out his career when he entered an amateur open mike night at the Laugh Factory. He did well enough that he soon became a headliner at comedy clubs throughout Los Angeles. From there he has become an award winning comic that has been on such iconic shows as “In Living Color”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, and “Night at the Improv”. His career expanded to include sold out show across the nation, a show of his own, acting on both television and in movies, and a writer. In his 25 year career he has worked along side some of today’s biggest stars like Jim Carey, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, and America Ferrera.

He has been accused of plagiarism

Over last decade Carlos Mencia has been accused of plagiarism by a few a comedians. Among those accusers the most determined has been Joe Rogan who has often used his podcast to talk about Mr. Mencia and others that he also considered plagiarist. The most famous of the times Mr. Rogan accused Mr. Mencia was a chance encounter when Mr. Rogan was introducing the next act at The Comedy Club. Mr. Mencia burst out on stage and a verbal confrontation ensued between the two of them.

His remark after Hurricane Katrina got him in trouble

In 2009, Carlos Mencia was scheduled to appear among a group of celebrities at Mardi Gras. Before the parade it came to light that Mr. Mencia had made some derogatory remarks about Hurricane Katrina that had recently devastated New Orleans. Because of those remarks Mr. Mencia was taken off the list to appear in the parade.

Orpheus Captain Sonny Borey said in a statement Thursday that the club became aware of “certain remarks Mr. Carlos Mencia has made in regards to New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.”

He Co-owns a restaurant chain

In 2010, Carlos Mencia became a co-owner of Maggie Rita’s Tex-Mex Grill & Bar. The chain had already open a few restaurants in New Orleans but when they wanted to expand into Texas they turn to Mr. Mencia for funding. Sadly, the ones that Mr. Mencia co-owned closed their doors in 2013.

He has been married for more than a decade

In 2003 Carlos Mencia married Amy Mencia (could not find her maiden name). Mr. Mencia frequently has his wife Amy do cameos in his show “Mind of Mencia”. Mrs. Mencia is also the host for her husband’s show and the wardrobe coordinator. In 2007, the couple had their first, and so far only, child.

He was on “Celebrity ghost story”

Carlos Mencia was on an episode of the show “Celebrity ghost story” that aired back in December of 2012.


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