Comedian and King of the Jungle Joe Pasquale returns to the Kings Theatre this month for a role in Doctor In The House.
The I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! winner will star alongside thespian Robert Powell and Portsmouth-born ex-EastEnder Emma Barton in the classic British comedy which comes to the Southsea theatre from April 17 to 21.
Doctor in the House follows the fortunes of Simon Sparrow, starting as a new medical student.
When he has to leave his first choice of lodgings to get away from his landlady’s amorous daughter, he ends up with three amiable but less-than-shining fellow students as flatmates.
We caught up with Joe to find out more.
Tell us about your character in Doctor In The House.
I’m playing one of Simon Sparrow’s friends, Tony Grimsdyke. In the film it was played by Kenneth Moore, and the character is a practical joker, so is a lot like me.
You did all kinds of jobs before you were famous, from being a civil servant to a Green Coat. Did you get into any funny situations?
Nothing funny really happens when working for the government, but as a Green Coat once, during the swimming gala, a man with glass eye banged his head on the bottom of the pool, and his glass eye fell out, so there was 50 OAPs in the pool looking for it. Not easy when it was a blue eye, the same colour as the bottom of the pool.
What do you do when you’re not working as an actor or comedian?
I run a lot. I learned to fly a few years ago, and I’m currently working towards a degree in geology with the Open University. Once I’ve finished the BSc in Geoscience I’m planning on doing the Phd to become a professor.
Doctor in the House film was a huge box office hit back in 1954. Why do you think it has stood the test of time so well?
I think anything retro seems to be in vogue at the moment. Perhaps it reminds people of when things were nicer, a lot more naïve and less cynical than the world today.
Was I’m A Celebrity... as tough as it looks?
I think the show is a lot harder than people realize, Ant and Dec make it look like something is going on all the time, when the reality is there’s another
23 hours of the day that you don’t see, where people are just arguing and trumping.
Who makes you laugh?
My kids makes me laugh more than anyone else. I have four daughters and a son. All of them are far funnier than me.
What’s your favourite joke?
Why did the Mexican throw his wife off the cliff?
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