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Comedian Joe Pasquale talks about his latest starring role in the musical Ha Ha Holmes! And The Hound of the Baskervilles
What drew you to Ha Ha Holmes!?
Last year I did a touring production of Doctor in the House produced by Jamie Wilson. He’s been a fan of mine since he was a kid. That was the catalyst for our first meeting. We really hit it off and looked for another project to work on together. The script made me laugh out loud.
Why were you so eager to take on the role of Sherlock Holmes?
It’s something so different from me. All the roles I’ve played before have basically been me. The Nerd was very much me. The Producers was me with an American accent. Doctor in the House was me in a white coat. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was a layabout version of me. But Sherlock Holmes is a real stretch for me. But I’ve loved it.
You made your West End theatre debut as King Arthur in Spamalot – is acting a direction you are keen to pursue?
I really enjoy new challenges. Bonnie Langford invited me to see the show and I thought it was great and when the offer came to step into King Arthur’s shoes I couldn’t resist the opportunity and jumped at the chance.
What do you enjoy about acting?
I like the discipline of it. Stand-up is very different, as you can go wherever you like. In a play, you have to stick to the script more rigidly.
Could you please outline the plot of Ha Ha Holmes!?
In theory, Holmes is trying to find the hound of the Baskervilles on the moors. It’s all about the deduction. It’s a really innovative, really funny play about Holmes’s methods of solving crimes, and audiences will love it.
Why do you think Holmes works as comedy?
The stories lend themselves to comic treatment. The relationship between Holmes and Watson is funny. Look at Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films. It’s Monty Python meets Men Behaving Badly meets Sherlock Holmes.
Are you a bit of a Sherlock Holmes fan yourself?
Yes, I’ve always been a fan. I like the fact that he is so laid back, and confident in the knowledge that he is going to win, and the way his brain works in a logical pattern.
- Ha Ha Holmes! And The Hound Of The Baskervilles is at the Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford on Monday, September 30 Details: 0845 075 3993, watfordcolosseum.co.uk
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