Review: Pablo Francisco ‘They Put It Out There’ DVD
When the show begins, you feel like you’ve just walked into a wrestling arena the way the audience are cheering and the heavy rock music that accompanies Pablo Francisco’s entrance.
Francisco is slowly becoming a household name in America as one of the leading American stand-up comedians. After a series of sell-out tours in 2009 and 2010, he still found time to record an hour-long Comedy Central special, complete stints on Tonight with Jay Leno, produce content for Nokia and Absolut’s digital campaigns and release a DVD.
He appears to be long and persistent with his jokes but this persistence seems to pay off as he develops the ideas to ease the transition to the next socially-awkward situation he wants to comment on. His reaction to DJ’s and club anthems invite him to showcase his amazing beatboxing talent which, with his amusing commentary, is sure to leave you in hysterics.
Francisco is a man of many voices. His impersonations and accents will certainly leave you in awe even when his jokes don’t succeed. If you think you’ve heard Francisco’s voice before, you probably have as he’s provided voices in Family Guy and The Simpsons. One memorable moment from the show is his impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from the yet-to-be-announced Brokeback Mountain 2!
In the middle of the show, however, his jokes take a very crude turn as he begins to discuss sex and drugs and makes fun of minority groups. Although these could easily be construed as offensive, they are undeniably funny.
Much of Francisco’s appeal comes from his fearlessness when it comes to subject material and his high-energy performances. (Though you do wish he would wipe the accumulating sweat from this face more often than he does…) The show clocks up at an acceptable 70 minutes – just enough time to get used to and appreciate Francisco’s style of comedy.
Why do people make fun of things? For Francisco, ‘because they put it out there!’
Pablo Francisco’s They Put It Out There is out now on DVD.