HUNTINGTON, New York, Jan. 1
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
When comedian Pablo Francisco is asked how he would describe his standup act to those who have never heard it, he breaks things down into a simple formula made up of television shows.
“[My act] is ‘In Living Color’ plus ‘Family Guy’ divided by the square root of ‘Robot Chicken,’” the comedian from Tucson, Ariz. said. “It’s just comedy that you don’t take seriously, but that sometimes you need to think deeply about.”
Best known for his vocal impressions of celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gary Busey, the 40-year-old has been making audiences laugh since 1994. He will bring his formula to The Paramount’s stage on Jan. 10.
“I’ve been to Long Island a few times and I’m just really looking forward to it,” Francisco said. “I love the vibe of everybody in New York; it all mixes in together so perfectly.”
While Francisco has now delivered his show all across the United States, in the early 1990s he actually delivered something a bit different before his career in comedy took off.
“I was delivering a pizza to this comedy club and I just really dug the vibe in there as soon as I walked in,” he said. “They brought me on stage, I performed and it was great. Then, after I got fired from Dominos, the club gave me a call.”
From there Francisco worked his way up the comedy ranks. After a stint with “Mad TV” – a former sketch comedy television show – Francisco earned his biggest break in 2000 when his standup act was broadcasted as an episode of “Comedy Central Presents,” the network’s long-running series that sports a different comedian in each of its half-hour long episodes. With influences like fellow comedians Joe Rogan, Carlos Mencia and the late Richard Pryor inspiring his act, Francisco’s act took off. Now, he cites his comedy as “observational” and something that’s not afraid to “make fun of everybody” while keeping it all “in good taste.”
“[I’m] trying to take the bricks off everybody’s shoulders,” he said.
More than 20 years since he first got that start, Francisco said performing still hasn’t gotten old for him.
“I get excited every time I’m up on stage… but it’s not nervousness, it’s eagerness,” he said. “I’m making a living at this and I want to let people know that your hobby can become your career.”
Along with Francisco, Steve Kramer will also make his way to The Paramount for the Jan. 10 show. Similar to Francisco in that he’s best known for his ability to parody celebrities, Kramer has been performing since 1998 and will open for Francisco.
“I’m excited about bringing him in,” Francisco said.
Tickets are available from $30-$55 and can be purchased from http://www.paramountny.com or from the box office at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015; Front page)