Longtime comedian Pablo Francisco is bringing his standup show to Long Island, and fans can of course expect to hear a few other famous voices, too. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Wahlberg and maybe even Donald Trump—the king of impersonations will fill the night with a few of his best.
“It’s going to be a show of laughs and hahas,” he said. “Just trying to get a big weight off of people’s shoulders because we are all going through the same thing.”
More than 20 years in the business, Francisco is also planning to showcase some new material as he gears up for his fourth special titled Here We Go Again. “We will put together a good hour, probably add some cartoons to it to make it a little more spicy,” said Francisco, whose previous specials include They Put It Out There, Ouch and Bits and Pieces.
Calling in from the West Coast, Francisco spoke more about his upcoming show at the Paramount on March 30 and how he’s still able to keep people laughing after all these years.
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You’ll be back in New York soon. How would you describe New Yorkers as an audience?
A little bit more open and a little bit more like family. The East Coast is beautiful like that because it seems to be a little bit more looser, a little bit more intelligent…I feel like I can take off my jacket and have a good time…New York, it’s a beautiful place, it’s a special place and thank God it’s American.
Who are some of your favorite people to impersonate?
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Everybody does an Arnold Schwarzenegger, but this Arnold Schwarzenegger is different. It has good vibes. We’ve got Mark Wahlberg of course; the movie previews guy; we also do Michael J. Fox; we do Liam Neeson from all those [Taken] movies, you know, “Stay away from my family.” Star Wars is really huge again so we’re going to be making fun of all the Star Wars characters, Darth Vader and the whole nine yards.
What inspired you to want to do another one-hour special?
What’s fabulous about it is that other comedians in Hollywood are doing it. Comedy Central always offers to do these hour specials, and now Netflix has popped into the picture. When you see your comedian friends doing it, you just want to do it as well.
You’ve been doing this for so many years now. How do you keep your jokes fresh?
It’s basically what we all go through. I’ll talk about a topic and there’s no problem with going back to that topic and making it a little bit different. We talk about relationships, we talk about the cosmos, we talk about the drugs and we talk about the booze. We talk about what’s going on in life…And now we have the president, Donald Trump; it’s fun to keep that fresh. There’s endless topics you can talk about, that’s what I love about this business.
So are there going to be Donald Trump jokes in your new special?
(In Donald Trump voice) There might be a few. You know, a lot of people are doing Donald Trump so if I do it, it’s going to be unique and different. It’s going to be huge!
Do you think comedians should be able to joke about anything?
A lot of comedians right now they run in a vicious circle by talking about politics and stuff…I think everything is pretty much open to any comedian as long as they do it tastefully and they have a purpose of doing it.
What are your proudest career moments?
When I was able to have people that were older than my father paying attention to me. That was fantastic. Signing with MADtv, writing commercials…Those are great moments…I filled all my public moments out, but other than that it’s just have fun, save your money and don’t sleep with waitstaff!