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Comment: I'm vehemently trying to find the truth behind a rumor of the newly
outrageously popular comedian Carlos Mencia (CarlosMencia.com). As well
as his scandalous stand-up comedy, Mencia is best known for his show on
Comedy Central: Mind of Mencia.

http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/mind_of_mencia/index.jhtml

Mencia is a claimed Mexican-Honduran who's parents arrived in America
through illegal immigration. He tells many jokes about serious topics and
his claim to fame is making people laugh about things they typically would
be too ashamed or politically correct to laugh about.

The rumor circulating about Mencia is that he is not in fact Mexican, but
in reality half German and half Honduran. Many claim Carlos Mencia is not
even his real name, and that his real name is Ned Holness.

Some suggest he made the claim to be Mexican in order to identify with the
local Mexican crowd in his hometown in LA.

He is also credited with stealing other comedian's material, most notably
famous Mexican comedian George Lopez's.

The rumor appears on comedian and host of the shows "Fear Factor" and
SpikeTv's "Ultimate Fighter's Championship" Joe Rogan's Website here:

http://www.joerogan.net/main.php?archives=1&article=44170

Another account can be found on this recording of George Lopez on the
Howard Stern show:

http://www.redban.com/audio/lopez.mp3

It can also be found on countless chat forums across the net.

I would really like to know the truth to this rumor. Is Mencia truly a
Mexican? Is Mencia even his real name? Does Mencia steal much of his act,
specifically from George Lopez?

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A link to a page on his own old website. (it's about halfway down under 'October 3rd: the Doghouse Comedy Jam'.

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All through school I was known as Ned Holness
Also, the IMDB biography on him states this and states his ethnicity as-

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Mexican and Honduran-German descent


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In a way, it's comforting to know that no matter what cultural background you come from, you can still be about as funny as a beige room.

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Nah, don't feel bad... Larry The Cable Guy gets death threats because people actually think he's a redneck comedian who doesn't like midgets, retards, etc... I feel bad for him, actually.

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