If you’re not deeply entrenched in the Standup Comedy Scene like me (*wink wink*), then you may not have heard about this.
Joe Rogan of Fear Factor and The Man Show 2 fame, went up on stage at Carlos Mencia’s show and started a comedy rap battle-type thing.
If you want to check it out, you can search those two on YouTube or somewhere and find it, though, last I heard, it had been taken down off of some sites. More about that later.
No, they weren’t hurling jokes back and forth akin to the rap battle in that Eminem movie. That probably would have been pretty dumb.
Instead, I guess at some point, Joe Rogan had said something about Mencia stealing other peoples’ jokes. Mencia goes up on stage and calls him out on it and they begin to argue back and forth. Pretty much the way the whole thing goes is: Joe Rogan cites specific examples and then Carlos Mencia calls him a bitch, tells him he’s jealous or just outright denies anything every happened.
In the video I’m referencing, they intersperse this with time-stamped clips of different comedians doing certain jokes and then years later, Mencia doing jokes that are pretty similar.
Look, I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of Carlos Mencia. I think his jokes are stupid and he plays to the lowest-common denominator. In this video, he looks pretty dumb. He’s not really thinking on his feet that well and is clearly overwhelmed by the situation. The video examples of him actually doing what Joe Rogan has just accused him of (and he’s denied) are the final nails in the coffin.
That said, I don’t really want to focus on whether he’s funny or not.
The thing that bothers me is, if you’ve watched his show, which I have, it is built around this persona he has created that is based on the old idea of “the appeal to common sense”.
We all have certain opinions that we’re afraid to voice, because we don’t want to seem insensitive, but luckily, Carlos is here to do that for us.
If you go on the Comedy Central website and visit his page, you’ll see this attitude pushed everywhere: “You Think It, He Says It!”
This is a pet peeve of mine and I think in the wrong hands, it can be very dangerous. If you’ve never seen it, alot of the times the bits on the show are based on ridiculous things people do that “we all know” are stupid.
Politicians are corrupt. The media is biased and focuses on trivial things while important issues are ignored. People from different cultures sometimes have misunderstandings. These are all well-worn topics of satire and well-deserving of being discussed, but admittedly nothing new.
The message I get is that people need to stop whining and being politically correct. Don’t be so thin-skinned. Admit you’re wrong or being stupid.
So now, he’s got a bunch of people calling him out. What does he do? It seems to me, from the evidence, that he goes and whines about it. He whines to Comedy Central, who go and pressure these different websites to take the clip down. He goes and whines to Mitzi Shore, who bans Joe Rogan from the Comedy Store.
I can just imagine his advice to someone in this situation. On his show he would say, “C’mon dude, stop making excuses, come clean, you made a mistake, don’t hide behind technicalities.” He’s done this on many occasions to other public figures.
His actions fly in the face of everything he proclaims to believe. He hates hypocrites, he’ll tell you so at least 20 times per episode.
I don’t want to get too grandiose here, but I think this is the problem with “the appeal to common sense”. It’s easy to point it out when it’s someone else, but not so easy to fall through on when it’s you.