Joe Pasquale chats about being Frank Spencer on the UK Tour of Some Mothers Do ‘Av ‘Em
Comedian Joe Pasquale has delighted audiences with his live stand-up tours for over 20 years and made his theatrical debut in 1999 in Larry Shue’s The Nerd which prompted Time Out to describe his performance as “rib-shatteringly funny” and went on to appear in the touring productions of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in 2004; Mel Brooks’ The Producers in 2007; The Wizard of Oz in 2010, Doctor in the House with Robert Powell in 2012; Ha Ha Holmes – The Hound Of The Baskervilles in 2013 and more recently (2013-2015) in the West End and touring production of Spamalot in the starring role of King Arthur.
Joe Pasquale will lead the cast as the loveable but accident-prone Frank Spencer in everyone’s favourite 1970s classic TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. Let’s find out what Joe has to say about the show…
What can people expect from the stage show of Some Mothers Do ‘Av ‘Em?
Proper family comedy that is set in the 70s and is so funny that you will laugh solidly for two hours.
In the original TV series there were a lot of crazy stunts. How about the stage show?
I’m doing it all – hanging by my ankles, chicken chasing and all sorts. If it’s not dangerous or life threatening I’m not interested anymore.
Michael Crawford is inexorably linked with the character of Frank Spencer. Will you be imitating his performance?
No. That would be an insult to Michael. I will be projecting my own personality on to the role. When we did the final workshop we had an invited audience. All the younger people didn’t know the show or have a frame of reference with Michael, but they laughed their socks off. Even the older people who remember the original forgot Michael doing it in within five minutes – the script is so good.
Do you find touring life tiring?
Touring in Some Mothers will be a lot easier than my stand-up show, when a tour is usually forty one-nighters. A week in one place will be like a holiday.
Got any nicknames?
Sarah Earnshaw who plays Frank’s wife Betty calls me The Unstoppable Moron.
What’s your most unappealing habit?
I am terrible for farting onstage.
What’s your philosophy for life?
Feel the fear and do it anyway. You’re a long time dead; you might as well live while you can.
Photo: Scott Rylander