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You may have heard of his funny jokes about politics, culture, and the law, but he is best known as the guy on Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central. Carlos Mencia is a comedian, actor, and writer. His birth name is Ned Arnel Mencia, but he went by the name "Ned Holness."
Carlos Mencia was born in the United States and raised in Honduras. In the early 2000s, when his career was at its peak, he made a couple of shows. Carlos Mencia was criticized and accused of plagiarism for making jokes about society, which got him a lot of bad feedback from the public. He made a bad joke in 2009 about black people and Hurricane Katrina, which caused him to miss the Mardi Gras show in New Orleans.
He is the 17th of 18 children and was born in San Pedro Sula. His mother was from Mexico, and her name was Magdelena Mencia. His father was from Honduras, and his name was Roberto Holness. His uncle and aunt raised him as a Roman Catholic, and it was hard for him to stay out of gang wars when he was young. But with the help of his family, he stayed out of gangs and did well in school.
In the 1980s, Carlos Mencia began his career as a stand-up comedian. Mitzi Shore of The Comedy Store suggested that Ned change his stage name to Carlos to appeal to Mexican and Latino audiences. Mencia played in these places, from Ned to Carlos, until he was asked to appear on TV shows like The Arsenio Hall Show and Buscando Estrellas.
Mencia even won the International Comedy Grand Champion title, which is a big deal. In the 1990s, Mencia hosted the show Loco Slam. This led to other hosting jobs, such as the 1998 show Funny is Funny! on Galavision.
Carlos Mencia's career took off in the 2000s. Under the name The Three Amigos, he would go on tours with other comedians like Pablo Francisco and Freddy Soto. He also does comedies on HBO. He won the CableACE Award for one of these shows. Take A Joke America, his first comedy album, was released by Warner Records in 2002. This may have been his biggest accomplishment. Since then, he has been seen on several Comedy Central shows doing stand-up.