Editor's note: Sandeep Abraham is an OC Weekly intern studying literary journalism at University of California, Irvine.
Chilean-but-very-much-American funny man Pablo Francisco is probably best known for his spot-on impressions of the “movie preview guy,” which are all over YouTube, where you can also find the comic's 2004 special Bits and Pieces: Live from Orange County, posted in five 10-minute segments. Francisco returns to Orange County for performances today through Sunday at the Improv in Irvine, where he'll be promoting his upcoming special, Who You Foolin', due out in September.
OC Weekly caught up with Francisco one afternoon as he was preparing for the show. To watch him on stage is to watch one man vivaciously and accurately take on at least a hundred different personalities, while hilariously turning pop culture (and his audience) on its head in the process. That doesn't stop once he gets off stage either. In as many voices as he could muster in 20 minutes, Francisco talked about getting loaded at Dave & Busters, the importance of “keeping it American” and his reluctant acceptance of illegal downloading, among other things.
OC Weekly (Sandeep Abraham): So how are you? How's it been touring around?
Pablo Francisco: Ah, it's been fun, real fun, just never-ending fun…
You've performed in Irvine and Orange County before, right? What do you think of Irvine?
Oh Irvine is just too cool. It's rich, it's got its shit together. It's a good place to work on new material because the people there seem to be very hip to what's going on. It's like a melting pot, but a good melting pot. It's got a little bit of everything. It's very TV and very… cable, let's put it that way. Arnold Schwarzenegger would say (cue impression): “It's very intelligent here, you know, because there's no Latinos crossing the border. A lot of them are just going through. There's a gated community or is it a lesbian community? All we know is there are no Latinos there, a few blacks, a lot of hot ladies…” and a big Dave & Busters. That place will not let you leave. What, you want to play an EIGHT-DOLLAR video game? The bartenders have nothing to do, like “Hey man! let's just make some drinks. Drink some Budweiser!” They make a Budweiser energy drink and make a Slurpee out of it. You can get drunk–with your kids. It's great.