Mencia began his career and found success on the L.A comedy circuit performing at The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. Mencia was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 17th of 18 children. His parents sent Mencia to the United States when he was about three months old, where he was raised in Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles, California by his aunt and uncle. In his early teens, Mencia moved back to Honduras because his family wanted him to avoid the destructive gang culture of East Los Angeles. He later returned to Los Angeles and successfully graduated from Garfield High School. Mencia's film credits include the Farrelly Brothers' hit film, THE HEARTBREAK KID and the independent films, OUTTA TIME and 29 PALMS.
On television, he starred in guest spots on The Shield, The Bernie Mac Show, In Living Color, The Arsenio Hall Show, Moesha and An Evening At The Improv. Early in his career, Mencia hosted the HBO comedy series Loco Slam and Funny Is Funny! on Galavision. His hit television show Mind of Mencia debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005 becoming one of the strongest shows in the network's history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. Mencia's comedy album releases include TAKE A JOKE AMERICA, THIS IS CARLOS MENCIA and CARLOS MENCIA: NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED. Mencia headlined a nationwide comedy tour titled CARLOS MENCIA LIVE PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT, his first USO Tour to the Persian Gulf and a second trip to Kuwait after hosting OPERATION MYSPACE, an exclusive concert for American Troops in the Middle East alongside Jessica Simpson and The Pussycat Dolls.
His career highlights include THE THREE AMIGOS comedy tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco, receiving a Cable ACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special in 2002, seeing his stand-up comedy DVD CARLOS MENCIA: NO STRINGS ATTACHED become the first to achieve Platinum sales status, performing in his 80-city comedy tour AT CLOSE RANGE at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Colorado and his comedy special for Comedy Central, CARLOS MENCIA: PERFORMANCE ENHANCED.
Mencia currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their son.
Carlos Mencia Facts
|Birthday||October 22, 1967 (51)|
|Birthplace||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|