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Pablo Francisco

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Remember that character in the Police Academy movies who did all the sound effects? That wasn't Pablo Francisco (it was Michael Winslow, who's still doing stand-up), but Francisco's voice talent is that good. Parodying telenovelas, he performs a scene in which a guy catches his girlfriend cheating--and not only delivers fantastic accents and perfect melodramatic acting but adds a cheesy sound track and the guy's heartbeat. His impressions, though limited in range, are among the best (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Aaron Neville, Joan Rivers), and he switches from one to another with such speed and facility it can sound like several people are onstage. The Tucson native started out in improv--in 1996 and '97 he was the first Latino regular on MADtv. But he's settled into TV voice work (recently on The Family Guy and Mind of Mencia) and stand-up comedy featuring insightful observations on pop and Latino cultures; he has a new one-hour special airing on Comedy Central November 11. Thu 9/21, 7:30 PM, Fri 9/22, 7:30 and 9:45 PM, Sat 9/23, 7, 9:15, and 11 PM, Sun 9/24, 7 PM, the Improv, Woodfield Mall, Golf Rd. at Route 53, Schaumburg, 847-240-2001, $21. All shows two-drink minimum, 21+.

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