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Mencia brings comedic mind to Visalia

Mencia brings comedic mind to Visalia

Latin comedy king Carlos Mencia brings his all-out offensive stand up to Visalia

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VISALIA – Some comedians have built a career on making fun of themselves, their family and their culture. As a Latin American, comedian Carlos Mencia finds that offensive. He doesn’t understand why you wouldn’t want to offend everyone at the same time.

One of today’s most popular entertainers and comics, Mencia will bring his diverse offensive stand-up to the Visalia Fox Theater this Saturday, Nov. 10. Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night at the comedy club, Laugh Factory. He later showcased at The Comedy Store and became a regular, performing nightly. After he found success on the L.A. comedy circuit, Mencia was named “International Comedy Grand Champion” from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Moesha” and “An Evening at the Improv.” In 1994, he hosted the HBO comedy series “Loco Slam” and in 1998 he hosted “Funny is Funny!” on Galavision. Mencia released a comedy album in 2000 called “Take a Joke, America” that showcased his brand of humor.

Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining “The Three Amigos” tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco in 2002, which sold out in record time around the United States. He was also featured in the independent films, “Outta Time” and “29 Palms” and starred in guest spots on “The Shield” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” among others. In 2002, he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special. That same year, Mencia was featured on “Comedy Central Presents.” Mencia remained busy and after the success of his solo DVD, “Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended,” “Mind of Mencia” went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, “Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached.” The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status.

“Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. “Mind of Mencia” was executive produced by Carlos Mencia and Robert Morton (“Late Night with David Letterman”).

In the summer of 2007, Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers’ hit feature film, The Heartbreak Kid (DreamWorks). In the fall of that year Mencia headlined a nationwide comedy tour titled “Carlos Mencia Live Presented by Bud Light.” The highly anticipated tour brought Mencia face-to-face with his fans from September 2007 through December 2007. Shortly thereafter, Mencia taped a new comedy special for Comedy Central, “Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced,” that aired in May 2008.

Mencia starred in the family comedy Our Family Wedding (FOX Searchlight) alongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker. The film was released to theaters nationwide on March 12, 2010.

In the last couple years, Mencia chose to go back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy stores throughout the country – allowing him to share his newest material with smaller and more intimate audiences. In addition to his new Laughin’ and Living Tour, Mencia is continuously writing material for television pilots and upcoming comedy specials. Mencia will perform live at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Nov. 10. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $45 and can be purchased online at www.foxvisalia.org or at the box office, located at 300 Main St. in Visalia.

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