Comedy Green-Lights Mencia Series


New York — Comedy Central said it has OK’d production of a yet-to-be-titled series featuring stand-up comedian Carlo Mencia.

The series, set to bow in summer of 2005, will be a half-hour mix of comments on current events, man-in-the-street interviews, commercial parodies and audience interaction, senior vice president of original programming and head of development Lauren Corrao said in a statement.

Comedy has made a 10-episode commitment to the show. Former Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With David Letterman producer Robert Morton will serve as executive producer.

“Carlos Mencia is one of the most popular touring comedians in the country today with a huge, dedicated following and we’re thrilled to bring him to Comedy Central,” said Corrao.“His honest style and no nonsense point of view will allow him to explore a variety of subjects while his broad appeal has the potential to attract new and more diverse viewers.”

Mencia, described by the network as an “observational comedian,” is one of the most successful touring comics in the U.S., according to the network. His debut album Take a Joke America was released in 2000. His credits also include the film Three Amigos Live in Concert and guest-starring roles in The Shield and The Bernie Mac Show.

“It’s a pleasure to be doing a show for Comedy Central,” Mencia said in a statement. “Traditional networks would cast me as the head of a household with 16 children, which I find extremely offensive because there are 18 kids in my family.”