Burritos, Tacos, and Beaners

When Carlos Mencia first brought racist road signs, Peter Boyle reading hate mail, and terrorist snacks to the American television audience in July 2005, certain critics slagged him as Comedy Central’s cheap replacement for Dave Chappelle. No doubt, there were a few too many similarities between Mind of Mencia and Chappelle’s Show. The formula was obvious: Start with a standup-and-sketch format, swap nigger for wetback, shake for four weeks, and then premiere. In the pilot, Mencia even tried to preempt the criticism with a knockoff title sequence and the objection, “Stop! What am I, the resident beaner now? I’m supposed to sit around and tell jokes about burritos and tacos?” In the couple of years since Mind of Mencia was canceled, though, the Honduran joker has flashed his real master plan. He wants to star in PG-13 comedies like Our Family Wedding and score a network sitcom.
Mon., Sept. 6, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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