Posted: Feb 17, 2007 7:55 am
Ten years ago, a friend of mine heard a comedian on the radio, showed up at my house and demanded we go see him that night.
I'd never seen a comedian live and was in no way interested but when my buddy offered to pay, I came around.
I was not open to standup humor from a "comedian" who'd been on the local jagoff radio morning show and I was furious at the two-drink minimum (I was gonna drink seven or eight anyway but, shit, what horses asses) but Carlos Mencia was absolutely goddamn killer funny. He had motherfuckers -- myself included -- falling over in their chairs backwards.
There was a large Latino contingent present (duh) and he told a round of jokes in Spanish -- man, the guy fully seduced me.
I don't keep up with the dramas of stand-up comedy and I haven't kept up with the career of Carlos Mencia since that night but I'd bet there's not a comedian alive who hasn't swiped a joke.
Before you hop all over my ass, I am not ignorant; I am not easily amused; and I'm too fat to be gay, or so I'm told.