Luke Francis found comedy fame in the United Kingdom, but that was as far as it went.
"Being famous in the U.K. will make you famous in the U.S., but being famous in the U.S. will make you known around the world," Francis said in an interview with the Herald. "I'm greedy."
As a Scotsman, Francis finds it appropriate that he will be the headline act for St. Patrick's Day festivities March 14-16 at Jokers Comedy Club in Richland. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. each night.
What makes Francis a comic stand-out, besides his smartmouth persona, is that he's also a musician and incorporates about 15 musical instruments into his act.
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"I do play many instruments and love music," Francis said.
But he has no interest in playing in a band.
"There are too many egos in a band, and I don't play well with others," he added. "Here's a good joke about that: What do you call a room full of drummers? Jail."
But it's the comedy that pays the bills, as well as acting gigs from time to time. He's been featured in the TV shows One Tree Hill and Atlanta Homicide.
He's also made guest appearances on The Great Canadian Laugh Off, The Montreal Comedy Festival, The Daily Buzz and The Comedy Store.
He has no particular topic he plans to spew on Tri-City comedy fans at Jokers, but says early shows are usually cleaner than his late shows. The Joker's gig is at 8:30 p.m., considered a late show.
His March 16 show will be a Luke Francis and Friends showcase that also features comics Brett Hamil, Adam Kessler, Emily Richman and Max Faulkner. Proceeds from this event will go to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.
"The Jimmy V foundation is something I truly enjoy helping," Francis said. "I have had many of my family members pass from cancer, and this is one of the ways I can give back and maybe save a life.
"We Scots are manly men," he joked. "But truthfully, it's an honor to save another's life. I am proud to help them out any way I can."
Admission is $10 at the door. Jokers is at 624 Wellsian Way in Richland. The event is open to the 21 and older crowd only.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal