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A mind for Mencia? Controversial comedian comes to Helium

Latino comedian Carlos Mencia is set to visit Buffalo this weekend with five shows from March 9 to 11 at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.).

The veteran comic began rising through the ranks of the industry in the 1990s with appearances on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and cable stand-up showcases. Mencia’s 2002 special, “Take a Joke America,” earned him a new level of fame and comedy status. He hosted his own Comedy Central show, “Mind of Mencia,” and acted on “The Shield” television series and movies like “Outta Time” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”

But Mencia’s road to success hasn’t always been filled with laughs. The comedian has been accused of plagiarizing jokes – a cardinal sin in the industry – from several other notable stand-ups, including George Lopez. Mencia addressed the issue as a guest on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast in 2010, but he remains a controversial figure in comedy.

Mencia hosts his own podcast now, “Laughin’ and Livin.’”

Mencia will perform at 8 p.m. March 9, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. March 10 and 11. Tickets are $25 each.

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