Whether he's in the classroom or singing in a local nightclub, Mark Romano is known for unleashing his quick wit.
The Glendale resident and political science professor at Glendale Community College said his own experience as a student taught him what not to do as a teacher. So he livens it up for his students.
"It's 55 minutes of stand-up comedy with facts," he said of his teaching style.
He must be doing something right, because he gets high marks from his students on www.ratemyprofessors.com.
Romano's comedic talent also shines in clubs throughout Burbank, Glendale and Hollywood.
He plays with four bands in a variety of music — Celtic, country and rock.
His band, the Ploughboys, pack the bar every Friday night at the Tam O'Shanter Inn in Glendale, where they sing and play traditional Irish ballads mixed with pirate songs. Romano comes appropriately dressed in a kilt.