Carlos Mencia is one contradicting sonuvagun. Pardon my French. I used to think that Dane Cook was the worst entertainer of the decade but after watching this, I’m starting to have second thoughts. Mencia was always second worst in my book and after seeing this video it’s merely adding fuel to the fire.
Normally, when I create a blog post I’ll submit a video of the performer’s 20+ minute stand-up performance, but this particular post is about an on-stage feud between Carlos Mencia and Joe Rogan. What’s most surprising to me is how the crowd seems to side with Rogan even though they’re at a Carlos Mencia performance. The video provides numerous examples of jokes that Mencia has stolen from other comics throughout his comedic career (and I use that term loosely), that his real name is possibly Ned, that he may not even be Mexican, and several other comedians’ personal opinions on Mencia.
Another interesting point I found is that Mencia had the YouTube video of this removed from the website (here) for copyright infringement. So, instead you can watch the video on Break.com here. It’s kind of hard to understand what Joe Rogan is saying since he doesn’t have a microphone in the beginning but eventually he gets a really low-volume one.
You can also read more from Joe Rogan’s website and how he is now banned from the comedy club.
My last post about Dane Cook may have been a little too over the top for a few of the more serious readers out there and I apologize for not giving that post more thought than a Dane Cook bash-fest; however, that doesn’t mean I will be withdrawing any of my previous statements made towards him. Now, on with my next review (which will hopefully be more thoughtful than my last).
Pablo Francisco! Now this is someone who truly is a synthesizer walking among men. He has mastered every sound effect through his large vocal spectrum; although, some could say that he takes advantage of this skill too much. His technique of making his audience laugh is a little overdone because it’s all I’ve ever heard him do. I don’t want to make more blind accusations since this is the only stand-up I’ve seen of him, but Francisco seems to be quite the one-trick pony. His latina, surfer, and celebrity voices and sound effects are the essence of his entire act and I’m not entirely sure how much he could accomplish without this talent, but then again it’s his claim to fame and whatever he’s doing works and it works great.
|Dane Cook is easily one of the biggest comedians of our current time. In his newest stand up, Vicious Circle, it’s not hard to tell how large of a fan-base he has with a crowd practically the size of the Dodger’s Stadium. Yet watching him run around on stage, flailing his arms in the air to get his joke across to the 36,000 fans who saw him perform that night, is nothing short than a dull, humorless bore.|
But just because he has such a great amount of enthusiasts doesn’t necessarily mean he’s actually funny. It also doesn’t mean he’s popular amongst the comedian’s own “inner-circle.” He has been accused of stealing material on more than one occasion and is looked at by other comics as a pompous thief who lacks any actual material.
Dane Cook is nothing but eye candy. He pulls in his crowds with vivid actions, loud and obnoxious slapstick behavior, smooth talking, and good looks. I wouldn’t be surprised if 90% of his fans were unsavvy females. He is prone to consistently repeating himself and etching out into different directions with his erratic sense of comedy. Cook is nothing more than overrated and in his case he can walk the walk but he just simply can’t talk the talk.
Dane Cook doesn’t sell his jokes. Hell, he doesn’t even have jokes. He’s simply selling his edgy boy band-esque image.
It’s obvious why so many people love this guy. He has a very clean, observational sense of humor which may sometimes be self-deprecating. Regan will abstain from any off-color jokes, sexual references, or vulgar language. Even with his family-oriented humor, his visual representations and facial expressions are a tremendous aid in keeping the audience in stitches.
Just like Gaffigan, Regan loves to talk a lot about food and overeating. He doesn’t need to rely on dropping F-bombs to get his crowd cheering and laughing. Instead, he counter-acts this crutch with an intelligent outlook on common daily tasks that all of us interact with constantly.
Inarguably one of the most popular, or maybe just commercialized, comedians of the decade. The comedian and actor is currently touring around the U.S. for his most recent stand-up special, Beyond the Pale. His unique inner-voice keeps him a stride forward of most other common somewhat-observational comics. You can often hear this middle-aged sounding woman from the audience through the mouth of Gaffigan. This inner-voice is actually the possible reaction that a hypothetical, conservative audience member may be experiencing from viewing Gaffigan’s performance.
In Beyond the Pale, his frequent topic of discussion is common vices of everyday people, such as unhealthy overeating and alcohol. He’s renowned for his hit topic on Hot Pockets but he tries to refrain from it ever turning him into a single-slogan comedian like Larry the Cable Guy.
Demetri Martin has a creatively dry as well as somewhat childish and linear comedic style and personality. He runs an extended amount of jokes and brings them out one after another. He’s personally one of my favorite comedians which is why I’m going to be running the first blog post about him. Martin’s new and only comedy special is split up into 3 different styles: a routine of classic stand-up, a series of doodle pictures, and a mixture of the two with the accompaniment of his own musical talents. During his special he has a few short bits of cartoons and an interpretive play about where his jokes go.
Martin’s method of unleashing massive amounts of short, offbeat jokes that consistently jump from one to another lacks flow and continuity, but he manages to balance it out by remaining unconventional and unexpected. Overall, his imaginative wit is what keeps his audience in tune.