Joe Rogan‘s been pissed that joke thieves seem to get off without any backlash. And now, he’s doing something about it. This on-stage debate with Carlos Mencia is pretty brutal. Let’s watch it.
A couple of things here. I don’t think Ari Shaffir owns the joke about illegals building the wall to keep them out. It’s a joke that can be done by anyone. And worse yet it has been done been done everyone. Check out this post on Media Matters. a liberal watchdog group, where it takes Ann Coulter for task for actually suggesting illegals build the wall as a legitimate proposal. Where do they say she took it from? SNL. (BTW, this is probably the best evidence yet that Ann Coulter is a character and she doesn’t believe half of what she says.)
I’ve seen the Daily Show do a version. George Lopez has also been credited with it. If you search Google for variations on the punchline, you’ll find several others who aren’t even comics coming up with it. Even if Carlos heard it from Ari opening for him, he could have heard it four or five other places as well. Or write it himself, because it’s that simple of a joke. The video even contradicts itself. When Carlos says a Jew couldn’t think up this joke because it wouldn’t be his forté, the video points out that Ari’s act is mostly about racial material. If Carlos is stealing from Ari, wouldn’t he be up on Ari’s act? Just a thought.
That said, I do believe Carlos could well be a thief. The video or audio I want to hear is the 10 plus minutes of similar material between George Lopez and Carlos Mencia that’s referenced in the video. Now that would be damming evidence. But again, dismissing Carlos over that one joke, not enough. But hopefully, seeing Joe confront someone like Carlos will make other comics more likely to speak up - Bobby Lee should put together his own comparison video too. Let’s get all this out in the open.