Carlos Mencia kept his word, yep…
About four years ago comedy sensation Mencia was getting ready to play the Midland. A few days out the show was not totally sold out. We spoke. Mencia had played Stanford‘s a ton in the 1990’s while his career was on the way up and we had become friends. So Carlos asked me to do him a favor and add him to my radio spots.
We did and he sold out.
Maybe we helped do that, you never really know. The guy was on fire with his new TV series, Mind Of Mencia. I went to the show, man – I was still married to Connie. She went with me. Great show. We met with Mencia and the guy was so nice. Took tons of photos and he said, "Stanford’s is my favorite club – I don’t do clubs anymore – but I promise I’ll come back and do yours one day, deal." I said, "of course."
Well that day has come.
On Thursday May 26th live at Stanford & Sons at 7:45 pm, it’s Carlos Mencia!
That is so awesome of Carlos to do this. Carlos is doing a TV special this summer and decided he wanted to try out some new material. So he’ll try it out here and a couple other spots in the Midwest for a couple weeks.
Johnny Dare had Mencia on about a month ago. He asked Carlos, "So if you came back to KC would it be the Midland?" And Mencia said, "I want to go back to one of my all-time favorite spots, Stanford & Sons – that’s the truth."
Dare tried to joke him out of it, but Carlos was serious and said some nice things about us.
Today he and I have the same agent, Matt Blake at CAA. We all came up together in a way. I started using Carlos in the mid 90’s; he was already a big name stand-up with some credits. But then he blew up. This was back in the days of Pablo Francisco, Freddie Soto and Paul Rodriguez. Mencia became the big player by the early 2000’s along with George Lopez (who also played Stanford’s in Westport).
Carlos tried his hand in a couple movies including co starring with Ben Stiller in "The Heartbreak Kid" a couple years back. And he’s still on top of his game, so if you are a fan, get in early on the tickets they will go fast.
We will add a show if this one sells out before he gets to town.
I’d have to say next to Lewis Black, Mencia will be the biggest name for our Legends location so far. There have been many, but Mencia is almost exclusively a theater act.
We’re proud to have him come home. See you there!