Love him or hate him but Carlos Mencia is coming to town November 2 to the Pittsburgh Improv for what is surely to be an interesting night of comedy. Performing many of the skits from his upcoming Comedy Central special “New Territory” premiering on December 4, for fans this is your chance to see and hear the material live before Mencia bans it with the rest of his older material.
Mencia has had a crazy ride in his career ranging from television to radio, films and even commercials. While many comedians always dream of owning the stage with their jobs, for Mencia he sort of “fell into it.”
“Most comedians wanted to be comediances since they were kids,” said Mencia. “I fell into it. I literally had no idea that I wanted to be a comedian. In school I was never the guy making jobs or making people laugh. I had no clue this was ever going to happen, but at the end of the day I found the talent hidden inside of me.”
While Mencia may not have thought of himself as a comedian, his mother did have a theory. According to Mencia, he had always wanted to say funny things but his mother would constantly remind him they were inappropriate. She supressed his humor for a very long time, but eventually he took the stage one day to explode full of all the things he’d been longing to say and the rest is history.
“One day I went on stage and started saying things that I was thinking my entire life and my mom told me I couldn’t say because there wasn’t a place to say it,” said Mencia. “I found the place where my mom can’t tell me to shut up. The stage is my mother’s kryptonite.”
Mencia’s jokes range spawn from a variety of subjects about everyday life. Often polticial, Mencia is known for his very brutally honest theories on politices, race, criminal justice and social class.
“In a society of political correctness, we [comedians] are the people that can say things that affect the world in different ways,” said Mencia. “We can talk about whatever we want, whether it’s stupid or mundane, and as long as it’s funny and has truth people will laugh.”
For Mencia, comedy is great but sometimes there’s a point to be serious. He recalled the events several months ago when President Obama announced Osama Bid Laden was killed. With stand-up comedy, there are immediate reactions and those are the reactions many comedians thrive upon to guage the audience. While jokes are great, sometimes there are points in life where you must talk about serious subjects.
“I was in between shows and about to take the stage when the president was coming on for his speech,” said Mencia. “I ran to a place where my opener could see me and signaled for him to keep going. Somewhere between 30 seconds and a minute after the president made his announcement I took the stage and talked about the whole thing. There’s nothing more immediate and I know seconds after I say something how it will be interperted and taken by the audience.
Don’t miss your chance to see Mencia live at the Pittsburgh Improv for one show on November 2. For tickets, please visit www.improv.com. Mencia is excited to visit our city, so you won’t want to miss it.
“For Pittsburgh especially, it’s a real working class city and there’s no one I respect more than the people who wake up everyday and do their job with a smile,” said Mencia. “I went to the bahama’s recently and the one thing that struck me was that the people there were just happy to have a job. People didn’t have attitudes because they didn’t hae the right job, just happy to have a job.Pittsburgh is like that too. The working class people make the best audiences. The only thing better are the troops overseas, but that’s an entirely different level.”