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Friday 18 April 2014

Pasquale: I can be serious too!

Joe Pasquale says he can be silly and serious

Joe Pasquale has revealed he'd like his career to follow that of Tony Robinson.

The comedian is about to appear on the Discovery Channel in a programme called Alone In The Wild, and he said being funny should not rule him out of doing more serious jobs.

He said: "I'm not bothered about being taken seriously. But I'd like to do what Tony Robinson has done. You can't get much sillier than Baldrick but he's done some brilliant, interesting telly, so I don't think you have to worry about being pigeon-holed."

He went on: "It's just about having another string to your bow. I'll always do stand-up but there's room in my life for other areas as I get older. In comedy terms I'm old-school at 50. They're all youngsters nowadays. I've been doing this for 30 years."

But Joe added that having a sense of humour helped him in the survival show, in which he is left alone in the rainforest of Guyana.

He said: "I laughed through all of it. It rained for 24 hours a day, I didn't eat for a week, my toenails were falling off from being immersed in water, and I was like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly, and it was horrendous, but I thought it was brilliant.

"All they gave me was a machete, a hammock, a mosquito net and some stuff for lighting a fire, but it was so wet I couldn't light a fire for a week. That meant my water was just rainwater with some iodine, which tastes horrible. River water with iodine, lovely. And I had to drink a litre of it an hour to make up for all that you lose through sweat."

:: Joe Pasquale's episode of Alone In The Wild is on Discovery Channel on October 19.

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