Joe Rogan Discusses Epic Feud with Carlos Mencia — ‘I Don’t Have Any Hate for That Dude’
Unfortunately, plagiarism in the comedy world is a common occurrence. Big-name comedians frequently get accused of joke stealing, either from older talent or their contemporaries. One of those feuds turned ugly between legendary podcast host Joe Rogan and Comedy Central mainstay Carlos Mencia.
These two men engaged in a public brawl that got one of them banned from The Comedy Store, a popular West Hollywood comedy club. But these days Rogan insists he forgave Mencia and moved on from the incident.
Joe Rogan went from kickboxing to comedy
Rogan grew up participating in karate, Taekwondo, and kickboxing to improve his self-esteem during his youth. He credits martial arts with shaping him into the person he became, SB Nation reported. “[Martial arts] gave me not just confidence, but also a different perspective of myself and what I was capable of,” Rogan said. “I knew that I could do something I was terrified of, and that was really difficult, and that I could excel at it. It was a big deal for me.”
After winning championships and considering a career in martial arts, Rogan abruptly changed paths to pursue comedy. He got his start at open mic nights in Boston before moving on to more lucrative positions, including becoming an interviewer and commentator for UFC and hosting Fear Factor. He also released several comedy specials.
Rogan launched his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience in 2009. He’s currently one of the most successful podcasters in the business.
He accused Carlos Mencia of stealing jokes
In 2007, Rogan confronted fellow comedian Mencia while the Mind of Mencia alum was performing onstage at The Comedy Store. During the incident in front of a live audience, Rogan explicitly accused Mencia of plagiarizing the work of other comedians. Rogan did not suggest he was personally targeted.
Later, Rogan posted a video showing a compilation of comic material spliced with clips of Mencia making similar jokes. George Lopez and others appeared in the video to accuse Mencia of ripping off their material, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Rogan’s aggressive confrontation got him banned from The Comedy Store. But now more than a decade later, the podcast celeb has new perspective.
Joe Rogan doesn’t hold a grudge against his former comedy nemesis
Rogan was incredibly angry at the time of the confrontation. However, he’s learned to let it go. During an interview with Bob Saget on his show, Rogan expressed his feelings about the incident.
“I don’t have any hate for that dude,” he said. “And I hope he’s doing great, I really do.”
Saget replied, “I think he has learned his lesson.”
Then Rogan said, “I hope he has, and I hope people forgive him, too.”
Carlos Mencia never reconciled with Joe Rogan
Meanwhile, Mencia insists he’s innocent of the crime. “At this point, when you took the road I took, you have to commit to it,” the comedian said in an LATV Network interview.
“A really good friend of mine said I should call Joe and make up because he has got a really good podcast. And I said, ‘What am I supposed to say to someone who accused me of stealing jokes, but not his, and he’s the one who’s tried to ruin my career?’ I never tried to ruin his career. I don’t know how to address that.”
It sounds like these two will never become best friends, but hopefully can reach a reluctant truce.