Paramount // 2005 // 259 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // March 29th, 2006
He'll blow your mind.
Carlos Mencia is no ordinary stand-up comedian. Mencia is out to change the world, one laugh at a time. Through topical humor and biting wit, Mencia looks at the world in a way that will make you howl with anger and cry with tears of laughter. Okay, so maybe I'm being a bit overly dramatic. Mencia, however, would like nothing better than to offend you -- he feels as if everyone in life is fair game for humor, from calling Hispanic people "wetbacks" to poking fun at the way we dress, eat and interact. In Comedy Central's new Mind of Mencia: Season 1 Uncensored, Carlos Mencia proves that he's one of today's driving comedic forces with uproarious sketches, funny on-the-street interviews, and lengthy monologues about why our world is in trouble...unless we can all learn to just get a long and laugh at each other.
If you are a fan of comedy that doesn't pull any punches, Carlos Mencia is your man. The comedian is one of the funniest forces to come out of stand-up in a long time. He's brash, cocky, goofy and -- most importantly -- funny. While he sometimes can go for the cheap laugh, Mencia is a thinking man's comic; his humor is often derived from the racial, sexual, and religious tensions of day-to-day human interaction.
This first season of Mencia's show, Mind of Mencia (garnered after Mencia performed a blistering, rousing stand-up set on one of Comedy Central's showcase spotlights), is filled with moments that are both hysterical and awkward. Mencia doesn't shy away from making fun of blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, homosexuals, heterosexuals, or anything one else in between. Each show features Mencia performing a stand-up routine (often interacting with the audience members), then moving on to some weird, easily offensive sketch (my personal favorite: when an Italian Don asks him to meet with him because he thinks Mencia's funny, then when Mencia makes fun of Italians he gets "da boot").
There are some real stand-out moments in this season. Mencia's "Why the *$&% is this news?" segment features clips from news shows that feature trite, often inane stories about things that have no business being news (and then his subsequent rant about why it's considered newsworthy). The "Dee Dee Dee Award" is given to the biggest bonehead of the week (like the 14 year old boy who actually ratted out the 24 year old teacher he slept with).
Mencia himself is a likable guy. Paunchy and a little funny looking, he reminds you of that wacky frat guy that was always a hoot to drink beer with in college. His ability to make fun of race relations -- and actually making it funny instead of only vulgar or offensive -- proves that the guy has the chops to host his own TV show. I have no idea where Mencia will go from here. I like the idea of him hosting his own show -- I think that Mind of Mencia is a wonderfully offbeat place for him to espouse his weird sense of humor and slanted takes on life. I'd hate to see him dive into a "safe zone" like sitcom television or movies. The world needs people like Carlos Mencia, and Mind of Mencia is one of the funniest shows to come along in a long, long while.
Each episode of Mind of Mencia: Season 1 Uncensored is presented in 1.33:1 full frame, the original aspect ratio when it aired on TV. The transfer on each of these twelve episodes looks good -- the colors are bright and well rendered and the black levels solid and dark. Fans of the series will be happy to see that the original broadcast is reproduced spotlessly here.
The soundtracks are each presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo in English. There isn't much excitement to report here -- the sound mixes do the job that is needed, and little else. Each track is clear of any major hiss or distortion. No alternate subtitles or soundtracks are available on this set.
Fans of the series will be happy to see a few extra features included on this two-disc set, including a commentary track on various episodes with Carlos Mencia in Spanish (!), a gag reel from the show, a few deleted scenes (which don't add up to all that much), and a featurette titled "A Look Inside the 'Mind of Mencia.'"
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 259 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Commentary by Carlos Mencia in Spanish
* "A Look Inside The Mind of Mencia" Featurette
* Deleted Scenes
* Gag Reel