Mostly Credited As: Carlos Mencia
Birth Name: Ned Arnel Holness
Date Of Birth: October 22, 1967 (Age 46)
Country Of Birth: Honduras
Birth Place: San Pedro Sula
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)
Carlos Mencia was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras as Ned Holness in 1967. His father was German and his mother was Honduran, and he was the seventeenth of eighteen children! He was raised by an aunt and uncle living in East Los Angeles, California.
Carlos got his start in comedy at the Laugh Factory. He worked worked his craft at LA stand-up venues as The Comedy Store and The L.A. Cabaret, which lead to an appearance on Buscando Estrellas, where he attained the title "International Comedy Grand Champion". 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 successful 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.
Mencia is the creator and star of his his latest project, Mind of Mencia, on Comedy Central. The show, which began airing July 2005, is a mix of stand-up, sketch comedy, and street comedy. Comedy Central has renewed this show for a second season which is now in production. A DVD from the first season has been released as well. He has also released a new comedy album, Down to the Nitty Gritty.
Mencia's comedy has been considered confrontational. He draws on material based on observations about life from the perspective of his heritage and his upbringing. He focuses on race, politics, religion, class and society in a manner that is blunt, confrontational and politically incorrect