Broadly speaking, Pablo Francisco is a stand-up comedian, but that's somewhat misleading. The Tucson native's line of work doesn't seem to involve standing as much as it does flailing and writhing. And rarely does Mr. Francisco actually tell a joke. Instead, the 39-year-old weaves numerous characters and impersonations into a frenetic and sometimes cacophonic stream of consciousness that typically has the comic soaked in sweat mere minutes into his routine.
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But that unrelenting fervor, which recalls the late Sam Kinison, has garnered Francisco a great deal of international acclaim. Fortunately, Phoenicians who are fond of the comic won't have to go sans Francisco much longer. Pablo kicks of the first of a six-night stand at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 2, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $28. Shows are 18-and-up, and there's a two-drink minimum. Visit www.standuplive.com or call 480-719-6100 for details.
Thu., Jan. 2, 8 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 3, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 4, 7 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 5, 7 p.m., 2014