Joe ‘itching’ for show

Joe Pasquale will be performing at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, twice this month.
Joe Pasquale will be performing at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, twice this month.

MAYAN prophecies of apocalyptic doom may sound like an odd choice of topic for a comedian - particularly Joe Pasquale, writes Andrew Hirst.

But fear not, the squeaky-voiced stand-up hasn’t suffered a mid-life crisis or lost his sense of humour - behind the seemingly serious subject matter of his upcoming ‘The End of the World Tour: Armageddon!’ there lies a far sillier explanation.

“I had to call it something and it’s better than just calling it Kevin,” he told the Standard.

“Also, if it is the end of the world, then this could be your last chance to see me perform live,” he added.

In fact, even if the Mayan prophecies are realised and the world does end in 2012, Skegness audiences will still have two chances to see the cheeky comic perform before the apocalypse strikes.

He’ll be bringing his juvenile brand of stand-up to the Embassy Theatre on Monday, August 13 at 7.30pm, and then again on Monday, August 27.

“It’s two hours of cack, that’s what I’ve been telling everyone,” he said.

“There’s too much bad stuff going on in the world at the moment, so I think it’s nice to come out and have a bit of relaxation and see someone up on stage acting like a bit of a div.”

Having recently finished acting alongside Robert Powell in the stage adaptation of Doctor in the House, Joe is looking forward to returning to the freedom of stand-up.

“I’ve literally just finished the tour and it was really great doing something completely different - I loved it.

“But with the show I’ve got to stick to the script and be a bit more disciplined whereas with the stand-up routine, although I’ve got a rough idea of what there’ll be with a bit of singing, some dancing and the rest of it, I can just see what happens - I’m really looking forward to not having to stick to a script.”

The three-week whirlwind tour has been squeezed into Joe’s relentlessly busy and increasingly diverse calendar of TV and stage commitments.

As well as regular voice-over work, the comic is scheduled to shoot a documentary on seals in the Isles of Scilly, a series about the police for Sky and an independent horror film - all before the pantomime season begins.

“It’s just the fear of being out of work, I guess,” said Joe, explaining his hectic schedule.

“Otherwise I’d just be sat at home watching daytime TV, and it’s not real work anyway, not when you enjoy doing it,” he added.

Although his workload has diversified considerably over the last few years, Joe still looks forward to returning to the stand-up format, which made him a household name.

He said: “I don’t do comedy all the time. I think if I did it all year it would get a bit tedious, but because this is just for a month, I’m itching to get out there.”

And he’s particularly looking forward to visiting Skegness.

“I’ve been coming to Skegness for 20 years and I love it there - it’s the land of candyfloss and hotdogs,” he said. “I’ve still got a tin of Skegness air with The Jolly Fisherman on it.”

Tickets cost £17.50 for adults, £16.50 for over 60s and £11 for children. Call 0845 674 0505.