Pablo Francisco is one of the internet’s most viral comics. His enormous popularity has driven his MySpace Comedy page into the top 25 out of 33,000, placing Pablo’s page in the top three most visited on the site. His You Tube videos have hooked over 40 million views and he has over 55,000 fans on Facebook.
Kiwi comic Benjamin Crellin has an international reputation for creating cutting edge stand-up with an amusing satirical tone that resonates from his incredibly twisted social conscience.
GetFrank had chance to chat to both of these comedians.
Why are you doing a festival show?
PABLO: I don’t know. I will do festivals, Eskimos, anything that has a mic stand and an audience paying half attention.
BENJAMIN: It keeps me off the streets.
Describe your festival show in 6 words.
BENJAMIN: GTA4, Pknuckle, tetris, hungry hippos, funny.
What would be your dream comedy line-up?
PABLO: Dane Cook, Carlos Mencia, Joe Rogen and Jamie Kennedy.
BENJAMIN: Me, Ek The Cat, the gay teletubby and Peter Andre
What kind of comedy do you most like to watch?
PABLO: Comedy that you can’t take serious.
BENJAMIN: Dark, satirical with a story line and tits.
What kind of comedy do you least like to watch?
PABLO: Comedians that ask as if they’re smarter than us.
BENJAMIN: My own. I’m very critical and have issues.
What made you get into comedy and was the road difficult?
PABLO: My hobby became my career, goofing off like everyone else does. I was always that funny kid, got kicked out of classes, let go from jobs because I was funny.
BENJAMIN: More of a dirt track than a road. I got into comedy via the National Youth Drama School in the Hawkes Bay. I got bumped from an improv course and into a weird class of eclectic losers called "standup" I was 18.
What’s the highlight of your career to date?
PABLO: To be able to make a good living off of comedy and to be noticed like a tv star without doing all the hard hours. To have the internet throw me around all over the continent and be welcomed with open arms.
BENJAMIN: Playing to an audience of two at the Melbourne festival and them telling me my show was the best that they had seen so far.
And the lowlight?
PABLO: All the bad news on tv.
BENJAMIN: Playing to an audience of two at the Melbourne festival and them telling me my show was the best they had seen so far. (The other show they went to see was cancelled.)
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given as a comedian?
PABLO: Don’t sleep with the wait staff. Don’t talk about comics around comics. Try not to drink a lot before you go on stage.
BENJAMIN: Its a Muhammad Ali quote that was given to me by a fellow unknown comedian during an industry party at the Just For Laughs Festival in Canada:
"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone doing their first ever gig?
PABLO: Have fun. Try to keep it clean, it’s all about having fun.
BENJAMIN: Don’t make it your last.
Who are your favourite NZ comedians?
PABLO: My opening act - they were great.
BENJAMIN: I back myself 300%
Where is your favourite comedy venue?
PABLO: Topless bar.
BENJAMIN: The Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow, Scotland. The London Comedy Store. London.
Where’s the oddest place you’ve performed?
PABLO: Performed and got paid performing on a table at a fraternity house in Arizona.
BENJAMIN: The foyer of the men’s bath room at Sun City Casino in South Africa. I got heckled by a urinal.
What would you say to someone who tells you they “don’t like stand up comedy”?
PABLO: You will if you come see the show.
BENJAMIN: Sweet. I don’t like rugby.
What song do you walk onstage to?
PABLO: Either AC/DC or any house electro/techno.
BENJAMIN: Stormbringer by Deep Purple.
What is the one thing that would best help the future of NZ comedy?
PABLO: Anything really. Ask Frodo.
BENJAMIN: Give me 40 minutes of TV airtime at 9pm on a Thursday.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
PABLO: Do you know what time the bar closes?
BENJAMIN: How much would you like us to pay you for this interview?
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