Carlos Mencia addresses weight loss onstage: I don’t have AIDS, he jokes

By | October 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm | 12 comments | News | Tags: , ,

Believe it or not, Carlos Mencia is the 17th of 18 children, and was born in Honduras. As an infant he was sent to the US to be raised by an aunt and uncle in the Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles,” but went back to Honduras as a teenager to get away from the gang culture in his neighborhood. When he came back to the U.S., the school system took notice of how smart he was and automatically put him in the 10th grade.

Carlos started performing stand-up at The Laugh Factory and went on to become a regular at The Comedy Store, which is where I first met him. He performed there every night and drew quite a following. There was always a buzz about Mencia, and even the comics who were hanging out would all run in to see him perform.

So when I found out he was headlining Gotham Comedy Club I made sure to attend. But he lost so much weight I almost didn’t recognize him.

To address that, he comes out and right away tells the audience that he doesn’t have AIDS. He tells the story: One day a friend of his made a comment that he was fat! (I understand it was Gabriel Iglesias who said it, which is hysterical, on many levels!) His new material — which crushed the Manhattan crowd — addresses the concept of being an American, and he’s still making political and racial observations– like discussing why it’s a common thought that most Black people can’t swim. “Cause we used to chase them away from the pool. So ironically they became fast runners, but they never learned how to swim!” he told the sold-out crowd.

You can check out more info and photos at the Comedy Matters Blog.

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  • Henry Rogan

    He’s steals peoples comedy which is like stealing someones art. Would you enjoy a Picasso if it was in your basement? Sure it would still look the same but it would be stolen and whoever steals should have their hand cut off but in this case it should be his tongue.

  • Jfulner111

    I’ve seen him live and I’ve seen George Lopez live. I don’t see where the stealing comes from. George Lopez focuses mostly on hispanic culture. Carlos picks on life – everyone’s life. I think they’re both funny and I too would like someone to hear one thing he has stolen.

  • Jfulner111

    I’ve seen him live and I’ve seen George Lopez live. I don’t see where the stealing comes from. George Lopez focuses mostly on hispanic culture. Carlos picks on life – everyone’s life. I think they’re both funny and I too would like someone to hear one thing he has stolen.

  • Jfulner111

    I’ve seen him live and I’ve seen George Lopez live. I don’t see where the stealing comes from. George Lopez focuses mostly on hispanic culture. Carlos picks on life – everyone’s life. I think they’re both funny and I too would like someone to hear one thing he has stolen.

  • Jfulner111

    I’ve seen him live and I’ve seen George Lopez live. I don’t see where the stealing comes from. George Lopez focuses mostly on hispanic culture. Carlos picks on life – everyone’s life. I think they’re both funny and I too would like someone to hear one thing he has stolen.

  • Ryan Carrier

    Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time for him to get AIDS.

  • Anonymous

    Ok im tired of hearing he stole material. What material did he actually steal? Also how do you know if he did steal it if that material wasnt stolen by the person you first heard it from? Get over yourselves and just enjoy the comedy. Obviously you thought it was funny before why cant it be funny “again”. 

  • Cf

    this is comedy news? the fact that this thief still has a somewhat of a career is disgusting and you guys promote him, nice. this is not a debate with two differing opinions, him being a disgusting cunt and a thief is factual information guys.

  • http://twitter.com/ryuuzaraki jace brown

    aww he DOESNT have AIDS… dammit I had my hopes up.

  • steve

    More hackey ethnick garbage from Mencia.  I guess he’s stealing his own old jokes now.

  • steve

    More hackey ethnick garbage from Mencia.  I guess he’s stealing his own old jokes now.

  • steve

    More hackey ethnick garbage from Mencia.  I guess he’s stealing his own old jokes now.

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