In this interview with Joe Pasquale, the renowned comedian and performer, we delved into the fascinating details of his career spanning over 40 years. From his new tour to his experiences on reality TV and performing at prestigious events like the Royal Variety Performance, Joe shares his insights and reflections on the entertainment industry. In this article, we will explore the key themes discussed in the interview, providing an in-depth analysis of each topic and its potential impact. Let’s dive in!
The Impact of the Pandemic on the Entertainment Industry
Joe discussed the profound impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry, highlighting the challenges faced by performers and the entire ecosystem of the business. He emphasised the symbiotic relationship between performers, crew members, and various professionals involved in the industry. Joe explained that the shutdown of theaters and venues not only affected performers but also backstage staff, musicians, crew members, and many others. The process of rebuilding the industry after such a long hiatus takes time and effort.
“The business was on its backside for so long. It wasn’t just performers, it was people in theater. It was just backstage people. It was musicians, it was crew, it was front of house people, it was box office people, it was wardrobe people, wig people, makeup people, all of that stuff.” – Joe Pasquale
Questioning Established Theories and Beliefs
During the interview, Joe shared his thoughts on Darwin’s theory of evolution and the importance of questioning established theories and beliefs. He expressed his fascination with learning and his recent studies in geoscience. Joe challenged the notion that Darwin’s theory of evolution is an absolute truth, highlighting the word “theory” in the concept. He proposed his own theory, suggesting that aliens may have played a role in the development of different species on Earth.
“What they seem to forget is there’s one word in the middle of that that everybody seems to bypass. And the word that they just seem to bypass is the word theory. It’s just a theory, and they sell it as if it’s a fact.” – Joe Pasquale
The Power of Comedy and Distraction
Joe discussed the role of comedy in providing a temporary escape from life’s concerns. He emphasised the importance of understanding what the audience wants from a show – a momentary freedom from their worries. Joe believes that comedy has the power to create a symbiotic relationship between the performer and the audience, allowing both parties to be free of concern. He shared his approach to stand-up comedy, highlighting the need to be free of concern himself in order to provide that freedom to the audience.
“If you can let people be free of concern for that amount of time, then you’ve done your job. The only way to do that is for me to be free of concern as well.” – Joe Pasquale
The Impact of Art and Satire
The conversation touched upon the impact of art and satire in addressing sensitive topics. Joe shared his experience performing in “The Producers,” a musical that satirises Hitler and the Nazi regime. He acknowledged the potential controversy surrounding such a production in today’s climate but highlighted the power of comedy and satire to open up conversations and challenge established beliefs. Joe recounted a touching story of how the show enabled a man to open up about his experiences in a concentration camp, providing a cathartic release.
“The show itself enabled him to break that barrier and talk about it again, which I think is an extraordinary thing.” – Joe Pasquale
The Thrill of Skydiving and Performing
Joe’s passion for skydiving was evident throughout the interview. He described the exhilaration and sense of freedom that comes with jumping out of a plane. Drawing a parallel to his experience in stand-up comedy, Joe highlighted the similarities in the adrenaline rush and the feeling of being fully alive. He emphasised the importance of embracing new experiences and taking risks, both in skydiving and in performing on stage.
“When you’re on that plane and before you fall out, you go, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ And then when you’re out, you go, ‘I’m out!’ And it is, isn’t it? And then you feel that it’s so exhilarating.” – Joe Pasquale
Conclusion and Future Outlook
In conclusion, our interview with Joe Pasquale provided a glimpse into the extraordinary life and career of a seasoned comedian. From the impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry to the power of comedy and the thrill of skydiving, Joe shared his unique perspectives and experiences. As the industry continues to recover and adapt, performers like Joe will play a crucial role in bringing joy and laughter back into people’s lives. With his unwavering passion and willingness to embrace new challenges, Joe Pasquale is sure to continue entertaining audiences for years to come.
The interview is linked below, as part of our new podcast ‘Mart Meet’s where I sit down with interesting people. It’s also available on on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon music, Spotify. We also have a smart link.
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