'Mind Of Mencia: Uncensored Season 3'
(Carlos Mencia, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2007 / Paramount)
Overview: No shirt, no shoes, no Dee Dee Dees! Welcome to the third season of the Mind of Mencia, where comedian Carlos Mencia says exactly what’s on his mind – and secretly what’s on everyone else’s. From Carlosaurus Rex to Pimp Delicious Luscious to rap love songs with Three Six Mafia, sit back and take whatever Carlos dishes out!
DVD Verdict: It's not easy to balance the fine line between being funny and offensive, but Carlos Mencia manages to make it work on Mind of Mencia--Uncensored Season 3. Born in Honduras to a Honduran father and a Mexican mother, Mencia takes glee in mocking uncomfortable stereotypes. No one is immune from his sharp tongue, least of all "beaners." Part of his show is dedicated to "outing" Hispanic celebrities who try to pass as anything but.
Think back to late 2005/early 2006 and Comedy Central is in a hectic scramble to fill the void that the unintentional smash hit, Chappelle's Show, left after Dave Chappelle goes M.I.A. because he doesn't like the direction of the show is taking. Thus, 'Mind Of Mencia' is born. I said to myself "Carlos is getting a show? This ought to be great." When I tuned in to watch, I found that the show was a b-level version of Chappelle's Show with a hispanic twist and, in a way, it's no fault of Mencia's. Comedy Central felt like they needed something similar to Chappelle's Show to keep the huge fan base that Chappelle had brought to the channel. Insert Carlos Mencia. The blatant imitation coupled with the fact that Mencia talks about the same thing over and over and you have Mind Of Mencia. Like another reviewer said, Chappelle did jokes about racists while Mencia did racist jokes.
If you're new to Mencia's comedy then you'll love it (like I did when I first heard him in the early 90's). But if you've been listening to him for a while now, then you know he's been talking about the same stuff for at least 12 years and it's beyond repetitive now. The show is like his stand up -- funny in spots. The show misses more than it hits and when it does hit, it won't generate anything above a chuckle. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes