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Funnyman Francisco to perform at the Waterfront

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

One of the nation's funniest comedians is making his way back to the Waterfront in Homestead.

Pablo Francisco will perform at the Improv at 166 E. Bridge Street on Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 412-462-5233 or online at www.improv.com .

Francisco is known for his spontaneous outbursts, clever insights and an arsenal of characters, with possibly the most recognizable being the narrator for action movie previews.

He took a break from touring and posting YouTube videos to talk about his upcoming stop in Homestead, and immediately began professing his love for the Steel City and its amenities.

“Pittsburgh has a kick-ass (football) team,” Francisco said. “I love Pittsburgh and they got a great topless bar there to with a good lunch and hot dogs. It's called hot chicks in Pittsburgh got booty. Good stuff. I'm looking forward to coming down there. Pittsburgh's a good crowed, very smart, very into their Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Francisco is working on new material for an upcoming Comedy Central album, and no topics or public figures are safe.

“It's stupid, but it has love to it,” he said. “I'm (going to) make fun of ShamWow guy, Dog the Bounty Hunter. It's going to be ‘Family Guy' divided by the square root of ‘Saturday Night Live' minus a little bit of ‘In Living Color.' We're going to go there and try not to be political. I'm going to go there and be as funny as (expletive) possibly can.”

Francisco has been involved in comedy since the 1990s. He appeared on “MADtv,” “Comedy Central Presents,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Mind of Mencia” and “Frank TV.” His latest comedy special and DVD is entitled “Ouch!”

Francisco promises a high-energy comedy show that is unlike any other.

“All the comedians I've been watching on Comedy Central are rookies, man,” he said. “I figure I'm going to take a good combination of black comedians who are white with a rock and roll edge, bring them out to the show and make fun of people.”

Opening comedians are Ashley FilsAime and Sean Savoy, or as Francisco called them, “two of the whitest black people on the planet.”

Video games, reality shows and people attempting to be YouTube sensations also are comical targets because “they put it out there,” Francisco said.

This weekend will be Francisco's closest performance to the Pittsburgh area until June 23 when he will be in Cleveland. He's expected to be back at the Improv next Oct. 13-16 next.

Francisco had a huge European tour last year. He said the fans overseas are tremendous, and credits websites such as YouTube for helping his success.

“The YouTube thing works for me and against me. That right there takes you and turns you into a millionaire in a lot of ways,” he said. “They speak English completely perfect. They don't get our commercials, but they get our music and they get a few Jay Leno episodes here and there and a few Oprah and Dr. Phil. You need to hit that market.”

Francisco also has hilarious T-shirts and other great merchandise on sale at his shows. A portion of all proceeds go to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. That is the Army's flagship medical center located in Washington, D.C., and serves more than 150,000 active and retired personnel from all branches of the military.

More information about the comedian and some of his skits are available online at www.pablofrancisco.com

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