Life in the Slow Lane

May 20, 2008

Mencia should stick to stand-up

Filed under: Television — pauljlane @ 3:15 pm

I just got done reviewing the season four premiere of Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia” (visit http://niagara-gazette.com/nightandday for the full story as of Wednesday morning).

I’m not sure whether he’s trying to be Dave Chappelle or if no one else is inputting creatively, but the show is not that funny.

That’s not to say that he isn’t funny. His stand-up is quite good at combining humor with a real message. but the sketches too often just go for the cheap joke as opposed to taking the stances his stand-up does.

Of course, his show’s entering its fourth season, so something must be going right. But the show could be much better.

Incidentally, someone should try to get Mencia to visit the region this year. he’s embarking on a 40-plus city stand-up tour that hitting Rochester and Albany but not Western New York. Seneca Niagara Casino, at the Carlos Mencia returns to television with the fourth season of \very least, could accommodate him.

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