I think this was the last episode of Mind Of Mencia before it went off the air. As usual we have a day and no money.

I remember going in to Nikki Kessler’s office (she held the purse strings) and begging for some cash to pull this one off. Why not, it was out last episode and if the script is asking for the front porch of an old black man down south, and it has to roll out during act 3 in front of the audience, there is only one way to go…and that is all the way. Actually now that I look at the script it tells me nothing.

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This lack of information from the writers room never stopped the art department before.

Set decorator Bianca Ferro and I put out heads together and and came up with an idea that could come together quickly and give lighting, the director, the executives and the stage manager just the right amount of anxiety.

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First, bang out a sketch.

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See what I mean, here is stage manager John Stewart wondering if we can pull it off.

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Nothing made me happier than crowbarring a huge tree on the set to give the director more stress.

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Here we are with the final product. Set up live in 6 minutes!

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And then Ned and the actors were gone, the set was struck and the series ended.

One Response to “Before and After: Mencia’s Black Man Blues”

  1. Wife says:

    You know how much I love your sketches. But it never ceases to amaze me how dead-on the final set always is. This one is particularly ridiculous!

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