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February 15, 2007

Rogan vs Mencia

If you haven't noticed, there's been a feud sweltering between Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia. Rogan is know to go after comedians that steal material from others. In this case, Rogan went after Mencia at The Comedy Store (video bellow).

Basically, Rogan claims that Mencia has stolen a number of jokes from various comedians. From what I can tell, there are two pieces of allegedly stolen material presented in the video. One, a joke about building a massive wall on the border of Mexico using illegal immigrants, that comedian Ari Shaffir originally performed. The other was a 13 minute segment in one of Mencia's HBO specials, that was supposedly taken directly from George Lopez's HBO special. The rest of the video is mostly just Rogan and Mencia arguing and talking shit.

Some make the argument that Joe is jealous of Carlos, but I don't think that is the case. Joe is just pointing out something that he's observed and he's sticking to revealing what he believes in the truth. He's done the same thing towards Dane Cook, who allegedly has stolen material from Bill Hicks and Louis CK. My problem, is with the way Rogan is presenting his claims.

What Joe Rogan needs to do is create a second video, highlighting Mencia's allegedly stolen material and the performances they were stolen from. In fact, he should make a documentary about how plagiarism is rampant is all of comedy, because that's the truth of the matter.

I like what Rogan is doing, but I'm not entirely convinced that Carlos Mencia is the uncreative bastard that steals other people's material, that Joe has made him out to be. I'd like to see more evidence presented in a less adversarial manner.

Joe Rogan VS Carlos Mencia onstage

In related news, Joe Rogan was banned from The Comedy Store due to his on-stage confrontation with Carlos Mencia.

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