Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 | 12:05 a.m.
Carlos Mencia wants to make Americans laugh, but he also wants to give them perspective on the world around them.
As a comic, his stand-up routines often involve political, social and racial issues, but at the heart of his performance is something positive: He legitimately wants to bring the country together. Rising to fame on Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia," the Honduran-born comic stopped in Baghdad this past December for his Tour for the Troops.
Mencia performs at Treasure Island this week and spoke with Las Vegas Magazine about what he loves about being in town.
George Wallace: I can get onstage if I want at his show. And other comics wind up getting onstage, too, and that's pretty amazing.
Mystère: It's the classic Cirque show, the one that started it all in Vegas. Once you see Mystère you have an appreciation for all of the other Cirque shows because you see the evolution of Cirque. You really appreciate the simplicity of the performance in Mystère.
Cab drivers: I've never taken up the cab driver on the offer but when it's me and some of my guy friends that get in a cab they always offer to take us to some hookers. (laughs) I love that! I mean, really? We're in a cab and you're going to take us to some hookers?
Always something new: There's always a new show, always a new restaurant. I'm always looking for that type of entertainment. I'm looking forward to seeing Viva Elvis.
Steel Panther: They're like an '80s rock band, they're like a goof of a rock band. Dude, those guys are so hysterical.
What happens in Vegas...: It lets people be the people that they never let themselves be. When people come here, something happens after 10 p.m.; after a few drinks, people just go crazy and there's a sense of camaraderie and anonymity. This place is evil in a really good way and I just love that.