Joe Pasquale

Look­ing back on 30 years in show­busi­ness

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Whether you know him for his mad­cap an­tics, his re­al­ity TV ap­pear­ances or his unique voice, Es­sex boy Joe Pasquale has earned his place as one of the na­tion’s favourite en­ter­tain­ers. Kate Ev­erett caught up with Joe to hear what’s next in his 30-year show­biz ca­reer

It’s 30 years since the Bri­tish pub­lic was in­tro­duced to co­me­dian Joe Pasquale on the ITV tal­ent show New Faces in 1987 and we have since seen him in ev­ery­thing from doc­u­men­taries, TV shows and stage plays to tak­ing the crown in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. In 2018 Joe will cel­e­brate three decades in show­busi­ness by bring­ing ev­ery­thing that is Joe Pasquale to­gether in a brand-new stand-up tour, Joe Pasquale – A Few of his Favourite Things.

Fa­mous for his abil­ity to cre­ate laugh­ter, multi-tal­ented Joe will treat Es­sex au­di­ences to a comedic mega mix of some of his best mu­sic, magic and may­hem, with a few new sur­prises promised on the way. So what can au­di­ences ex­pect from the show?

‘It’s got to be some­thing pretty spe­cial,’ re­veals Joe. ‘I’m tak­ing the best of ev­ery­thing I’ve done on stage and tele­vi­sion over the last 30 years and putting it into one show, but with a new twist. It’s de­signed to ap­peal to the in­ner child we all have, which means that any­one from five to 95 can come along and be guar­an­teed a great night with loads of laughs and ev­ery­thing from magic and mu­sic to mind read­ing.

‘I’ve just fin­ished a tour play­ing Frank Spencer in Some Moth­ers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and I will be go­ing straight back on the road with this show. Af­ter learn­ing and per­form­ing over 100 pages of di­a­logue as Frank, I’m look­ing for­ward to in­ter­act­ing with the au­di­ence and just hav­ing some fun be­ing my­self for a few weeks.’

De­spite the fact that he’s never off stage or screen, Joe has seem­ingly bound­less en­ergy and has found time to set him­self a se­ries of per­sonal chal­lenges. He has over­come his fear of fly­ing to take his pi­lot’s li­cence and is study­ing for an Open Univer­sity de­gree in Earth Sciences.

‘I thrive on be­ing busy,’ ex­plains Joe. ‘Fit­ting in the study with my work sched­ule is tough, but I’m de­ter­mined to fin­ish my de­gree. I’ve re­ally got into fit­ness too and I run ev­ery day. Those per­sonal chal­lenges keep my mind and body fit, and I’ve flown as far as France, which is an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing.’

In 30 non-stop years per­form­ing on stage and screen, I asked Joe if there was a par­tic­u­lar high­light. His an­swer sur­prised me.

‘Do­ing the Mup­pet Show in Hol­ly­wood with Jon Voight and Brooke Shields was prob­a­bly one of the most mem­o­rable mo­ments of my ca­reer,’ re­calls Joe. ‘I was stand­ing there talk­ing to Gonzo, think­ing “This is sur­real!”. I’ve been so lucky to have had so many in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ences and I just want to keep go­ing, en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple and hav­ing fun along the way.’

Find out more:

You can see Joe Pasquale – A Few of his Favourite Things on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23 at the Palace Theatre, Southend on Sea and on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6 at West Cliff Theatre, Clac­ton on Sea. Visit www.joepasquale.com for de­tails.

ABOVE:Ap­pear­ing on The Mup­pet Show with Jon Voight and Brooke Shields

BE­LOW:Joe is a man of many vary­ing tal­ents

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