Terry Morrow: Side Splitters signs up Carlos Mencia

Carlos Mencia will be visit Knoxville next month to do stand-up.

Photo by Lance Shearer/Eagle Corresponden

Carlos Mencia will be visit Knoxville next month to do stand-up.

One of Comedy Central's biggest stars will be performing in Knoxville next month.

Carlos Mencia, who headlined his own sketch comedy series "The Mind Of Mencia," for years on the cable channel, will visit Side Splitters Feb. 7-9.

After four seasons of "Mind," Mencia was hesitate about doing a fifth.

In a 2008 interview, he told me, "I don't know. We'll see. My standard for doing another year is really high: I need to make sure if I do another season, it's something that a) I am proud of and b) I am unbelievably happy with and c) I can do something artistically different."

Mencia wrapped up his series in 2008 and has since been touring, doing the occasional TV spot such as his own HBO special.

Also coming to Side Spliters is E! and "Chelsea Lately" contributor Loni Love.

She's booked for Feb. 14-16.

Starting out as an electrical engineer in 2003, Love switched gears to stand up comedy.

She was the runner-up in "Star Search" in 2003 and was named "Top 10 Comics to Watch" in both Variety and Comedy Central in 2009.

Besides stand-up, Love does occasionally TV guest spots, most recently a guest appearance on "Whitney," the NBC sitcom starring follow "Chelsea Lately" cohort Whitney Cummings.

In recent weeks, Side Splitters have booked several high-profile Comedy Central stars for live shows. Gilbert Gottfried, a favorite on the "Comedy Central Roasts," was here, bringing his act to sell-out crowds.

Ticket information had been not released by press deadline.

Visit www.SideSplittersComedy.com for more on tickets and future guests.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com. Follow him on Twitter@telebuddy.

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Comments » 1

ChuckyD (Inactive) writes:

He is the most unfunny mainstream comedian I can think of. South Park summed him up perfectly. I will always be amazed how famous he actually is.

So no big surprise his show didn't get renewed (4 seasons, it went that long?!) and that his career has led him to stand up in Knoxville.

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