BRAWLEY — A packed house ready for laughs and a good time welcomed comedian Carlos Mencia and opening act Cisco Duran with open arms, Friday, April 10, at Inferno’s in Brawley.
“It was a good show and I want to come back”, said Sara Guieb from El Centro, “I thought he was real funny.”
This was Carlos Mencia’s first time visiting the Imperial Valley.
Owner of Inferno and event organizer, Ray Babb, admits that it was a challenge to get Mencia booked, but had decided to pursue him due to his popularity as an act that would attract the most people. After making the decision, Babb began researching Mencia’s online website, and simply contacted his agent to begin the process.
Babb explained that the event took 6 months to plan and one week to sell-out of tickets.
Babb, who worked closely with the city of Brawley for one and half months to close down portions of Main Street for the event Friday night, praised the city, calling the collaboration, “excellent.”
Inferno’s outdoor venue fit an intimate crowd of 500 seats for the event.
Even though the restaurant was closed for the event, Inferno kept their guest well fed with tri-tip and Brauwurst sandwiches with an open bar.
People from all parts of the Imperial Valley showed up for the event. Tickets were sold to all parts of the Imperial Valley, even as far as Yuma, according to Babb.
Inferno opened their doors at 6 p.m. to ticketed guests, the entertainment started at 8:00 p.m.
Babb hinted that something is already in the works for a future event with Creative Art Agency, the same agency he used to book Carlos Mencia.
Mencia admitted to never visiting Brawley, but he had passed through El Centro on his way to perform in Yuma. However, he truly appreciated the thanks and gratitude from the night’s crowd. Mencia, a self-proclaimed people person, expressed his respect for the town of Brawley and the citizens of the Imperial Valley.
While remaining true to himself and his comedy act, Mencia did admit to toning down his comedy act due to Inferno’s outdoor venue.
“I love what I do for a living”, said Mencia. “Everyone was happy and you don’t get that too often.”
“I didn’t have a good time, I had an awesome time,” said Jessica Becerra from El Centro. “We had a blast.”
Mencia received a standing ovation, after which he performed more improv with Cisco Duran, later signing autographs and taking pictures past midnight with he’s fans.
Mencia confirmed that he will be returning to Brawley in October of this year to perform another show at Inferno.
Due to the mature nature of Mencia’s comedy act the event was only open to ages eighteen years old and up.