The Skinny on Carlos Mencia: 'I Lost 70 Pounds!'

Comedian Carlos Mencia visited "Extra's" Mario Lopez at The Grove after shedding 70 pounds!


Mencia is making his television comeback on a Comedy Central special, "New Territory," which focuses on a period of reflection and self-discovery. "A lot of stuff in this new special is about why I am the way I am," Carlos explained.

The controversial funnyman revealed, "I started going to therapy, losing weight, being introspective."

Mencia told Mario where he gets his personality from, saying, "Part of the reason why I'm so blunt is 'cause my dad's blunt. My mom will say, 'Do I look fat in this dress?' My dad will say, 'You look fat in everything.'"

Carlos, who once grew up in the L.A. projects, said, "I'm not the angry dude I used to be. 'Cause you can't be angry in a Mercedes."

"New Territory" airs on Dec. 4 at 10:00 PM on Comedy Central.

Here are five interesting facts about Carlos:

1. He is the 17th of 18 children.

2. He managed to stay out of L.A. gangs while in his teens and graduated from Garfield High School.

3. Mencia majored in Electrical Engineering at Cal State L.A. but dropped out to pursue a career in comedy.

4. He has guest starred on shows like "Moesha" and "The Shield" before landing his own half-hour gig on "Mind of Mencia."

5. "Mind of Mencia's" sophomore season in 2006 became Comedy Central's second highest rated program behind "South Park."