Pablo Francisco at Pittsburgh Improv (CP’s Thurs. 8/8/13)

1) Funny man Pablo Francisco begins a three-night stand at the Pittsburgh Improv to help you laugh it all out. Francisco has been a cast member on “MADtv” and “Frank TV.” Famous for celebrity voice impersonations, including Aaron Neville, Gary Busey, and Don LaFontaine (famous movie ad voice over talent), he is current and edgy, examining the gamut from techno music to smart cars. 8 p.m. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead.

2) It’s opening night for Lucy Thurber’s Scarcity, presented by Organic Theater Pittsburgh. Thurber’s play mimics the rough-edged realism of shows like “Roseanne” and “Shameless,” ultimately asking the audience,“How far are you willing to go to survive?” Both funny and profound, Justin Zeno directs this cross-section of the American family, from the nitty-gritty of interpersonal relationships to the inner core of their very souls. Runs through Aug.18. 8 p.m. The Studio Theatre 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

3) Canadian-born rapper D-Pryde (Russell Llantino) is making his way to the Altar Bar to show his southern neighbors how it’s done. Recording mix tapes and uploading songs to YouTube since he was a young teen, the 19-year-old rapper recently scored a record deal with Mars Music Group and is getting his increasingly popular sound out to the masses. Through songs like “Believe in Me” and “Lifted” it’s easy to see that this young, talented artist isn’t taking his new-found fame for granted. Special guests are GP and Dception. 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

4) Because everybody needs a hint of color, swing by the Geyer Performing Arts Center to take in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This is the  original collaboration between songwriter Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice which makes beautifully memorable music based on a biblical parable. The plot follows Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph, as he chases his dreams despite many obstacles. 7:30 p.m. 111 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale.

5) It’s almost Friday, and you’ve been working hard. Take the afternoon off and head over to PNC Park to see the battling Buccos take on the Miami Marlins. 12:35 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.