Carlos "Menstealia" Mencia (born October 22, 1967), born Ned Arnel Mencia, is a Honduran-born American con man, comedian, professional joke thief, throwback to the Los Angeles mafia days of Mickey Cohen, future public access TV station operator, and former host of Mind of Mencia. Mind was a television show on Comedy Central, who adopted the show in some Los Angeles Unified School District educational project to prove that anyone with Honduran gang ties can find work in Hollywood.
Early life and heritage
Mencia's real name is Ned Holness, but he tries to hide this from the public because he wants people to think he is a real Mexican who represents Hispanics in the entertainment industry. His father was German and his mother is Honduran, but through the magic of pre-Civil Rights Era chutzpah for minorities in show business, Comedy Central anointed him as an honorary Mexican.
Holness's primary occupation before becoming a TV show host was wandering the streets of Los Angeles, yelling "Deet dee-dee!" at bystanders. In 2005, he was selected by Comedy Central executives as a quick replacement for Dave Chappelle when they found Holness sleeping in a cement gutter outside Chappelle's studio. Despite the fact that he was not actually a comedian, much less a Mexican comedian, Holness's show Mind of Mencia garnered success with niche audiences who find tired Hispanic stereotypes and yelling to be humorous.
Although controversial, many have generated theories as to why Ned Holness partakes in an attempt at comedy, most concluding that he felt if David Spade can do it, so can he. It has also been postulated that Holness is actually very racist against Mexicans in his stand-up act and television, and despises them in order to maintain a Hollywood career, but Ned is always frustrated at simply not finding enough crude, racially-insensitive Mexican jokes on the internet. It is widely known that Holness takes his jokes and other comedic materials from other comedians, cereal boxes, the Internet, middle school students, and his BFF (Best Friend Forever) Joe Rogan. Known sources of such theft is the origin of all of his one liners - chain e-mails. Many jokes are also borrowed from old Simpsons episodes, on the account that Ned believes:
|“||It has less viewers than The Parkers...a popular show, made by niggers for niggers, yeah? ...It airs on UPN?...Not that funny.||”|
Holness is sometimes known to make more serious, preaching comments in his standup routines. He once famously uttered:
|“||If you're not laughing, you're not living DEET DEE-DEE! DUH-UH DEET DEE-DEE...Thank you.||”|
Holness is single and unmarried, or currently married with a kid, according to any "damage control" tour his Hollywood agency requires of him. It is rumored that he has been on several dates with females. However, these relationships ended when he tried telling a joke or two, after which his date would break up with him, in order to purge herself of the shame of dating Carlos Mencia, The Mexican White Hope of Hollywood.
- Holness: "Who wrote this? This guy is a fucking liar, probably with some freakish religious cult, and if need be, I, Carlos Mencia, will fuck your career over...go ask Joe Rogan, you Hollywood fashionista gangsta bitches."