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Joe Pasquale ~ Celebrity Comedian

Joe PasqualeComedian Joe Pasquale has continued to delight audiences with his live stand-up tours for almost 20 years; along the way he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and Horton Hears A Who! and children’s television – Frankenstein’s Cat; starred in The Muppets’ 25th Anniversary show; toured in several theatrical productions including Mel Brooks’ The Producers and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; been crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here; appeared on 6 Royal Variety Performances and become a mainstay of the British Pantomime season with sold out performances each and every Christmas.

And if all this is not enough, the man, described by comedian Jason Manford, as a “national treasure”, has qualified as a pilot, taken up boxing, joined up to the Open University to study for a Degree in Geoscience and completed the Virgin London Marathon raising funds for Diabetes UK.

Since winning I’m A Celebrity …. in December 2004, time has not stood still for Joe Pasquale, one of the hardest working and top selling live comedians in British comedy today. Joe followed his I’m A Celebrity win by hosting his own ITV special An Audience with Joe Pasquale, which enjoyed ratings in excess of 9 million viewers! Joe also went on to host the long-running television series The Price Is Right for ITV and at various times guest hosted the Paul O’Grady Show for Channel 4.

Over the years Joe has released videos and DVDs from his live tours including the 1996 £1,000,000 seller Live and Squeaky which earned him a Platinum Retail Performance award from The British Video Association - a feat which was repeated in 2005 with Does He Really Talk Like That? The Live Show

Joe also co-wrote The Big Thick Joe Pasquale Book and is slowly writing his autobiography which of course constantly needs amending with each new adventure!

Joe Pasquale Blowing A Gum BubbleHaving qualified as a pilot and taken up boxing and running, Joe has continued to enhance his ‘action man’ credentials by competing in a celebrity edition of Total Wipeout against the likes of Fatima Whitbread and Sally Gunnell; attempted to smash the ‘most amount of martial arts throws in a minute on Guinness World Records Smashed, spent time in a Costa Rican prison for Virgin One’s ‘The Prisoner X’ documentary season and most recently was shipped off to the jungles of Guyana for the Discovery Channel’s Alone in the Wild series, where he survived alone with a camera, in the depths of the rainforest for 5 days.

In 1999 Joe Pasquale turned his hand to acting for the first time and toured for 12 weeks in the lead role of the critically acclaimed play The Nerd. Time Out called his performance "rib shatteringly funny".

In December 2001 he went to Los Angeles where he was the only British performer to be invited to appear in a show celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show, (alongside his hero Jon Voight, who has become one of Joe’s biggest fans).

Joe celebrated the beginning of 2003 with his sell-out 10th Anniversary stand-up tour. He then changed course later in the year and starred in Ray Cooney’s farce Tom Dick & Harry at the Theatre Royal, Windsor . This was followed that Christmas with Joe starring in Jack & The Beanstalk at The Derngate Theatre, Northampton.

After the success of Tom, Dick & Harry, Joe’s appetite for straight theatre led him to play the philosophical role of Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in the Spring of 2004.

This was followed by yet another sell-out tour - The Everything I Have Ever Done & The First Of Many Goodbye Tours, from which a DVD was filmed and released in November 2004.

Joe then went on to be crowned King Of The Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in Dec 2004, before returning to the UK and to Birmingham, where he played ‘Jack’ in the Qdos production of Jack & The Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Joe Pasquale in Leather JacketThe following year, Joe changed tack once again to acting and starred in a film playing the part of The Pink Lieutenant in Dead Long Enough, as well as recording three shows for ITV1 and then finishing off the year by returning for the second year running to The Birmingham Hippodrome in the new Qdos production of Peter Pan.

In 2006, Joe could be seen hosting The Price Is Right on ITV1. That same year Joe produced and directed the production of Rentaghost which was his take on the classic TV series and which toured during the Spring. He also toured with his stand-up show Joe Pasquale – The Return Of The Love Monkey, which was broadcast on television over Christmas in 2007 and was released on DVD. After returning from entertaining the troops in Basra, Joe returned to star in Peter Pan at Bristol’s Hippodrome Theatre, which proved to be another record-breaking season.

In 2007 Joe starred in the touring version of The Producers with great success and recorded Frankenstein’s Cat before breaking box office attendance records that Christmas at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend in the smash hit Cinderella.

In 2008, Frankenstein’s Cat enjoyed huge success on the BBC and Joe also hosted Bingo Lotto for Virgin One. He also presented a documentary as part of Virgin One’s ‘The Prisoner X documentary season from a prison in Costa Rica. Following several stints as guest host on The Paul O Grady Show, Joe then embarked on his Back on the Road Tour before making his directorial debut in Peter Pan at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre in which he also starred as Smee.

In 2009 Joe embarked on a 60 date UK tour before returning to the Birmingham Hippodrome for the third time in 6 years to star in The Sleeping Beauty as Muddles.

In 2010 Joe started off the year appearing in a touring version of The Wizard of Oz, before embarking on his summer Just Joe and autumn ESP tours. He then participated in Celebrity Mastermind before heading off for the Theatre Royal Plymouth to star in The Sleeping Beauty once more.

After pantomime in 2010, Joe took three months out to train for the Virgin London Marathon raising money for Diabetes UK before embarking on his UK Pull My Finger tour, which concluded at the end of November 2011 and which then saw Joe head for Nottingham to star as Muddles in the Theatre Royal production of Sleeping Beauty. 2011 also saw Joe star in a cameo role in the movie Kill Keith.

For Spring/Summer 2012 Joe has returned to acting in the role of Tony Grimsdyke in the new touring production of "Dr In The House".

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