Jo feeling the fear of his live performance

Joe Pasquale at the Congress Theatre
Joe Pasquale at the Congress Theatre

Joe Pasquale has been starring in Spamalot in theatres around Britain but has returned to his stand-up roots and brings his summer show to the Congress Theatre on Thursday August 27 at 7.30pm.

He is excited about touring the live comedy act and said: “I’ve never really gone away from stand-up – I was just doing other stuff! Stand-up gives you such a buzz. It’s like riding a rollercoaster.”

He added: “I enjoy that sense of fear. When I do stand-up, I like that feeling of flying by the seat of my pants. The great thing about stand-up is that it’s different every night. You never know what will happen at any given show – and that’s what I love about it.

That’s why I took up flying, parachute jumping, boxing and running. That fear is what stand-up is all about. You go out there without a net. Nothing is guaranteed. Just because last night went well, you can’t expect tonight to be great, too. I love bantering with people. There is a lot of audience participation at my shows, but that changes every night. Recently during a Spamalot performance we had a lady on stage whose English wasn’t great and she didn’t have a clue what was going on. I had to busk it with her for two minutes, but the audience loved it. It brings the house down when you do something like that. I really like bantering with people who don’t know what’s going on because invariably I don’t know what’s going on either!”

Audiences at his show should be wary because Joe comes armed with purchases from Ebay such as a water pistol, a psychic premontion box, and a plastic baked potato, marshmallows to throw and play basketball with, and a Lovejoy mullet wig.

Of his experience in theatre, and particularly Spamalot, he commented: “I like the fact that once you’re doing it, it can’t be edited. What you see is what you get.

“I love the script – it’s always about the script. It was the same with The Producers – you can’t better what Mel Brooks and Eric Idle wrote. Monty Python are the ultimate alternative comedians – everyone else stands on their shoulders.  

 Joe recently performed with his son, actor Joe Tracini, who played King Arthur’s servant, Patsy, and said he was “very pround.”

Apart from performing, Joe is currently studying for a BSC in Geo Science with the Open University, having been inspired by learning to fly a few years back when he had to pass seven exams. He also loves to paint and recently got a commission from the Cartoon Network to do his own versions of famous paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello for the new series of Teenage Mutant Turtles. They were displayed outside the National Gallery in London.

He is certainly a man of many diverse talents and interests, but says if he could go back in time he would have liked to be a geologist. “Although whether anyone would take me seriously if I was forecasting earthquakes is another matter. But you can’t change things. At least I’ve done a lot of different things now.”

Some of the extra sunshine Joe promises will be delivered by his special guest and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, impressionist Paul Burling.

Tickets priced £21 are available from the box office on 01323 412000 or online at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.