Comedy Central today announced that it has renewed two of its original shows, and it's good news for fans of stereotypes and pint-size politicians.
Stealing the deal--sorry--sealing the deal for a fourth season is Carlos Mencia (real name Ned Arnel Holness) and his sketch comedy show Mind of Mencia. The program largely features Mencia's take on ethnic stereotypes, immigration, race relations, and other hot-button topics, and has proven to be a niche success for the network, along the lines of another comedy that caters to a specific crowd, Blue Collar TV.
The fourth season of Mind of Mencia will air this spring. In a statement, Mencia hilariously quipped, "I look forward to doing another season of Mind of Mencia. I hope this doesn't mean I can't be on Dancing with the Stars."
Mencia has been a target of the stand-up comedy community, which has accused the entertainer of stealing material from other comics on numerous occasions. Video evidence has hit the Web, the most damaging being a video clip showing Mencia only slightly altering one of Bill Cosby's jokes from the 1980s.
Despite the accusations, Mencia's popularity has exploded in recent years, with the comic's DVD sales going platinum. Mencia helped filled the void left when Dave Chappelle abruptly ended his wildly popular Chappelle's Show after just two years (portions of a third season were filmed, but a complete third season never aired). The third season of Mind of Mencia will hit stores October 23.
Like the politician it pokes fun at (but probably more popular), the animated series Lil' Bush has been granted another term on television after a first run. Ten new episodes of the political parody will begin airing next spring.
Lil' Bush follows the antics of a prepubescent George "Dubya" as he hangs out with miniature versions of his cabinet and has words with his enemies, such as an even-more-pint-size-than-usual Kim Jong Il.