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Carlos Mencia Coming to Bay Street Theater's Comedy Club Stage, 8/4

Carlos Mencia Coming to Bay Street Theater's Comedy Club Stage, 8/4

Bay Street Theater has announced Carlos Mencia to the Comedy Club stage on Monday, August 4 at 8 pm. Comedy Club is sponsored in part by Saunders & Associates. Tickets are available online at www.baystreet.org or calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500, open daily 11 am to showtime.

Carlos Mencia joins the comedy club on August 4. Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night at the world renowned comedy club, Laugh Factory. He later showcased at The Comedy Store and became a regular, performing nightly. After he found success on the L.A comedy circuit, Mencia was named "International Comedy Grand Champion" from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on In Living Color, The Arsenio Hall Show, Moesha and An Evening at the Improv.

Mencia comes from a humble background, born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 17th of 18 children. His parents sent him to the United States when he was about three months old, where he was raised in the Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles, California by his aunt and uncle. In his early teens, Mencia moved back to Honduras because his family wanted him to avoid the destructive gang culture of East Los Angeles. When Mencia later returned to Los Angeles, he showed such educational prowess that he was immediately promoted to the tenth grade. Soon after, he successfully graduated from Garfield High School.

Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining The Three Amigos tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco in 2002, which sold out in record time around the United States. He was also featured in the independent films, Outta Time and 29 Palms and starred in guest spots on The Shield and The Bernie Mac Show, among others. In 2002, he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special. That same year, Mind of Mencia went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached. The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status.

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