At one time considered the heir apparent to Comedy Central's mercurial star Dave Chappelle, comedian Carlos Mencia experienced a critical backlash - primarily from other comedians - at the height of his career. Raised in Los Angeles, the Honduras-born Mencia received his start in stand-up at such famed area clubs as The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. A growing reputation, built around his aggressively politically-incorrect material, led to opportunities like hosting the cable special "Loco Slam" (HBO, 1994) and headlining his own stand-up event "Comedy Central Presents: Carlos Mencia" (Comedy Central, 2002). After filling the void left by Chappelle with his show "Mind of Mencia" (Comedy Central, 2005-08), Mencia suddenly became a ubiquitous presence on the comedy scene. With more specials like "Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached" (Comedy Central, 2006) and appearances in such feature films as "The Heartbreak Kid" (2007), he was undoubtedly one of the hottest comics in the business. However, whether due to over-saturation or comedic karma, Mencia just as suddenly became a pariah within the stand-up community, as mounting accusations that he repeatedly stole jokes from other comics eventually led to his public confession during an interview. As quickly as he had risen, by 2009, the comic was largely relegated to returning to the comedy club circuit from which he had emerged. Whether revered or reviled, Mencia was sure to elicit strong opinions from comedy fans and professional comedians alike.