Carlos Mencia (born October 22, 1967) is a comedian, writer, and actor, born seventeenth of eighteen children as Ned Mencia in San Pedro Sula, Honduras to Magdelena Mencia (Mexican) and Roberto Holness (Honduran). He was raised by his aunt Consuela and uncle Pablo Mencia in East Los Angeles, California, going by the name Ned Holness in honor of his father. By his own admission, staying out of trouble was difficult growing up, but with the help of his family he excelled in school and stayed out of gangs. He would go on to CSU at LA majoring in electrical engineering, but would leave one credit shy of graduation to pursue a career in comedy after a successful performance at open mic night at The Laugh Factory. Early Career Taking the stage name Carlos Mencia, he was a quick success at such venerated LA stand-up venues as The Comedy Store and The L.A. Cabaret. This led to appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show and Buscando Estrellas, where he attained the title “International Comedy Grand Champion”. Then, in 1994, Carlos was chosen to host HBO’s latino comedy showcase, Loco Slam. Carlos followed up Loco Slam by hosting Funny is Funny! on Galavision in 1998. He would continue to do stand-up, including a very succesful tour in 2001 with Freddy Soto and Pablo Fransisco, “The Three Amigos”. Carlos also did two half-hour specials on HBO, the second of which won him a CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. After the release of his first comedy album by Warner Records, Take A Joke America, Carlos performed his break-out performance on Comedy Central Presents in 2002. By the time his career began to take off in the early 2000’s, Mencia was also working as an actor doing guest appearances in the television shows Moesha and The Shield, and starring in the film Outta Time and the animated show The Proud Family.
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