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Joseph Ellis Pasquale (born 20 August 1961) is an English comedian, actor and television presenter, known for being crowned "King of the Jungle", in the fourth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2004.
Pasquale (left) at the BingoLotto launch
|Birth name||Joseph Ellis Pasquale|
|Born||20 August 1961|
Grays, Essex, England
|Spouse||Alison Pasquale (1978–1986)|
|Occupation||Comedian, actor and television presenter|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
In January 2013, Pasquale became one of twelve celebrities participating in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, with skating partner Vicky Ogden. The following year Pasquale participated in the show again in an All Stars series. This time he was partnered with Robin Johnstone.
Pasquale is known for the naturally high pitch of his voice which he uses to heighten the comic value of his jokes.
He has also hosted the revived version of the game show The Price is Right.
Pasquale attended Torells Comprehensive School, Grays, Essex. He then worked for the Civil Service's Department of Transport before joining the Smithfield meat market. The hours at the meat market became too much for a young Pasquale, so he left to work at a building site and as a spot welder at the Ford factory in Dagenham.
For a few years, Pasquale worked as an entertainer at holiday camps across the UK and became entertainment manager at Warner Holidays in Corton in Suffolk. Later, he became entertainment manager at Torquay. His big break arrived when he entered and came second in the New Faces competition in 1987.
Pasquale's live shows include Live And Squeaky (1996), Twin Squeaks (1997), The Crazy World of Joe Pasquale (1998), Bubble And Squeak (2000), The Everything I Have Ever Done & The First of Many Goodbye Tours (2004), Does He Really Talk Like That? The Live Show (2005) and Return of the Love Monkey (2006).
He has done six Royal Variety Performances, most recently in 2005. Pasquale once described how he got drunk one night causing the other performers to avoid him for the entire evening. The situation worsened when the Queen greeted the performers, including Pasquale, who was the 'most drunk' he had ever been.
In recent years Pasquale has begun acting on stage. In 1999, he appeared as a lead character in The Nerd. The show received rave reviews with one source describing it as "rib shatteringly funny". He returned to the stage in Autumn 2004 in the comedy Tom, Dick and Harry.
On 9 December 2001, during the first (and only) annual MuppetFest celebration, Pasquale performed on The Muppet Show Live which was staged at the Hollywood Palace in Hollywood. The Great Gonzo introduced him, saying...
Hello, again. Y'know, one of favorite things about "The Muppet Show" was giving a break to talented newcomers. Tonight, we'd like to continue that tradition by introducing someone I recently discovered in England. This is his first appearance in America...and with your help, it can be his last. Ladies and Gentleman, the astounding and baffling Joe Pasquale!.
Pasquale performed in the Mel Brooks West End musical The Producers as Leo Bloom on a UK tour in 2007. He also played the role of King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot making his West End musical debut at the Playhouse Theatre and on UK tour from 2013 to 2015.
From spring 2018 he will play Frank Spencer on a UK tour in a stage adaptation of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.
- 2000/1 – Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – Peter Pan (Smee)
- 2001/2 – Wycombe Swan – Peter Pan (Smee)
- 2002/3 – Theatre Royal, Nottingham – Peter Pan (Smee)
- 2003/4 – Derngate Theatre, Northampton – Jack and the Beanstalk (Jack)
- 2004/5 – Birmingham Hippodrome – Jack and the Beanstalk (Jack)
- 2005/6 – Birmingham Hippodrome – Peter Pan (Smee)
- 2006/7 – Bristol Hippodrome – Peter Pan (Smee)
- 2007/8 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – Cinderella (Buttons)
- 2008/9 – Orchard Theatre, Dartford – Peter Pan (Smee)
- 2009/10 – Birmingham Hippodrome – Sleeping Beauty (Muddles)
- 2010 (Easter pantomime) – UK tour - The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow)
- 2010/11 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth – Sleeping Beauty (Muddles)
- 2011/12 – Theatre Royal, Nottingham – Sleeping Beauty (Muddles)
- 2012/13 – New Theatre, Cardiff – Sleeping Beauty (Muddles)
- 2013/14 – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton – Sleeping Beauty (Muddles)
- 2014/15 – Derngate Theatre, Northampton – Peter Pan (Smee)
- 2015/16 – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – Aladdin (Wishee Washee)
- 2016/17 – Orchard Theatre, Dartford – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Muddles)
- 2017/18 – Bristol Hippodrome – Aladdin (Wishee Washee)
- 2018/19 – Theatre Royal Nottingham – Peter Pan (Smee)
Other theatre appearances
- 2004 - UK tour - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern)
- 2007 - UK tour - The Producers (Leo Bloom)
- 2012 - UK tour - Doctor in the House (Tony Grimsdyke)
- 2013/14/15 - Playhouse Theatre, London and UK tour - Spamalot (King Arthur)
- 2013 - UK tour - Ha Ha Holmes! The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes)
- 2018 - UK tour - Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (Frank Spencer)
On 19 February 2005, ITV broadcast An Audience with Joe Pasquale, containing some routines from his stage show – culminating in the Edward Scissorhands inspired snow sequence. Nine million people tuned in, and ITV commissioned Another Audience with Joe Pasquale which aired in 2006.
He guest presented The Paul O'Grady Show for two shows on 10 April 2009 and again on 15 October 2009, for Paul's absence.
As of April 2016, Pasquale appears in Tonight at the London Palladium, where he chooses a member of the audience to play "Who's in the Box", which involves the chosen person guessing who the celebrity behind the Royal Box's curtain is to spend the rest of the show watching from the Royal Box with the celebrity.
- Celebrity Mastermind (30 December 2009) – Contestant
- Total Wipeout (2 January 2010) – Contestant, celebrity version
- Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza (2010) – Guest
- What Do Kids Know? (24 January 2010) – Guest team captain
- Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel (12 August 2011, 23 July 2012) – Guest
- Loose Women (7 October 2010, 18 March 2011, 19 October 2011, 28 March 2012, 15 November 2012, 21 January 2013, 10 October 2013) – Guest
- The Paul O'Grady Show (18 April 2005, 9 April 2007, 29 September 2008, 28 November 2013) – Guest
- The Chase: Celebrity Special (10 December 2011) – Contestant, won £6,000 for Diabetes UK
- Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel (21 December 2013) – Guest
On 6 December 2004 he won the fourth series of the United Kingdom television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. Pasquale overcame competition from butler Paul Burrell and nightclub owner Fran Cosgrave. During his time in the jungle, Pasquale had a relationship with the two emus and became famous for his use of the term "Jacobs" (for Jacobs Crackers: a rhyming slang term for testicles). He was the first celebrity to earn full stars in a bushtucker trial. The special trial involved Pasquale climbing out of an airborne helicopter and climbing down a ladder recovering the stars as he went. Later on in the show, Pasquale found himself being buried underground for five minutes with rats in a trial called Danger Down Under. Before doing the show, Pasquale made his worries about doing the show clear. He insisted it wouldn't be the bushtucker trials that worried him, rather the other 'celebrities'. He claimed to be terrible and shy when it came to meeting new people and was worried about them not liking him. For the 16-day duration of the show, Pasquale was the bookies' favourite to win.
In January 2013, Pasqaule became one of twelve celebrities participating in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice, with skating partner Vicky Ogden. They were eliminated on 10 February, claiming sixth place.
In January 2014, the final series of Dancing on Ice began airing on ITV. To celebrate this it was confirmed that the series was to be an "All-Stars" series, bringing back some of the past contestants including Pasquale who has been partnered with professional skater Robin Johnstone. This time, however Joe and Robin were eliminated in the first week after losing the skate-off to Bonnie Langford.
In 2017 he took part in ITV's Sugar Free Farm.
On 24 September 2005, the 30-minute Breakout Trust DVD, entitled "It's a Boy", was published. Pasquale starred as the voice of an Innkeeper named Garralus. Alongside him were such performers as Cannon and Ball, and Sir Cliff Richard. The production is a new take on the nativity story and was released in time for Christmas 2005.
During 2005, Pasquale toured the United Kingdom with his summer tour, Does He Really Talk Like That?! which is the name of his autobiography which released in September 2006. The DVD of Pasquale's 2005 tour was released in time for Christmas 2005.
In late 2010, Joe took to the road again for his "Extra Sensory Pasquale" live show.
Allegations of plagiarism
In 2005, Stewart Lee accused Joe Pasquale of stealing the opening line of his Royal Variety performance from Michael Redmond. Lee further alleged that Pasquale sent his writers to the performances of alternative comedians to copy their jokes. Lee incorporated his criticisms of Pasquale into his 90's Comedian stage show.
On 30 November 2017, Pasquale published his book of short horror stories titled Deadknobs and Doomsticks.
With the help of other celebrities, Pasquale backed the Man Alive 2005 campaign. The campaign, which was run by Cancer Research UK, aimed to alert men to the dangers of being overweight and to encourage exercise. The main danger highlighted by the campaign was that obesity and physical inactivity can cause cancer in men, and that the cancer caused by obesity may be prevented by a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Pasquale has also supported other charities including Diabetes UK.
Stand-up VHS and DVDs
- Live And Squeaky (1996)
- Twin Squeaks (20 October 1997)
- The Crazy World of Joe Pasquale (26 October 1998)
- Bubble And Squeak (13 November 2000)
- The Everything I Have Ever Done & The First of Many Goodbye Tours (1 November 2004)
- Does He Really Talk Like That? The Live Show (21 November 2005)
- Return of the Love Monkey (20 November 2006)
- "Me and my school photo: Joe Pasquale reminisces abut the repercussions of breaking his leg at 13 – Daily Mail Online". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
-  Archived 22 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "The Breakout Trust: Pioneering Evangelism through the ministry of Steve Legg". Breakout.org.uk. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- Youtube - Stewart Lee Joe Pasquale Joke
- Chortle - Skinner Squeals on Joke Thief Pasquale
- "アークテリクスのタウンユースバッグカタログ". Rentaghostthemusical.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Garfield 2 (2006) : Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "The Underdog returns to challenge the perceived complexity of claims". National Accident Helpline. National-accident-helpline.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "The OU is comedian Joe Pasquale's midlife crisis". Open.ac.uk. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
-  Archived 7 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
| I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
Winner & King of The Jungle
| Host of The Price is Right UK