Mind of Mencia

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Ridiculous variety show; proceed with caution.

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age 15+
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Positive Messages

Ethnic stereotypes are perpetuated incessantly.

Violence

Sketches have involved murder, machine guns, and blood (all intended for comic effect).

Sex

Plenty of tasteless sexual innuendo.

Language

Words and phrases like "retarded ass," "fake titties," and "bastard" are used.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking and implied drug abuse.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Carlos Mencia, the comedian who headlines this show, often relies on racist jokes that poke fun at his own Hispanic heritage. He comes across as mean and uninteresting, and his one-liners are raunchy and inane. Some sketches are very violent, but it's not a constant theme.

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Adult Written bycjblack532 April 9, 2008

Awesome.

Social Stereotypes. Feh. It really does not matter. It makes it funny. If you are not mature enough to watch this show, don't watch it. Maturity does not h... Continue reading
Adult Written bySeanCky April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 May 27, 2010

Sick, racist show. Off for everyone 15 and under, iffy for ages 16-18.

Racism disgusts me, and that is what the comedian relies on to make jokes. I tried watching the show, and it wasn't really funny at all. I recommend The Da... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJWilliams303 April 9, 2008

i've only seen one episode

and it cracked me up. it did have some bad sex humor in it, but other than that, it's good.

What's the story?

In MIND OF MENCIA, stand-up comic Carlos Mencia entertains viewers with a hyperactive mix of stand-up and comedy sketches that riff on popular culture. Each episode begins with Mencia doling out a round of jokes to an audience seated cabaret-style before him. Then he joins a rotating cast of characters in several skits that poke fun at popular TV shows, current events, and celebrities. In one episode, for example, Mencia played the star of a show called The Serranos, which satirized HBO's The Sopranos and featured Hispanic hoods shooting each other with Uzis, falling down drunk, and gawking at pregnant pole dancers. (Mencia also made derogatory comments about "wetbacks" in the same episode, which came on the heels of Congress' failure to pass a highly touted immigration bill.)

Is it any good?

While adults may be able to watch Mind of Mencia with bemused detachment, the jokes and skits are too inane and nasty for impressionable youngsters. Only mature teens should tune in, if they're even interested.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Why is it so easy -- and so tempting, especially for comedians -- to mock people based on the color of their skin, their religion, or their ethnicity? Do you feel guilty if you laugh at a joke based on a stereotype? Why or why not? How do you let someone who's making an offensive comment know that it's not OK with you?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 6, 2005
  • Cast: Carlos Mencia
  • Network: Comedy Central
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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