It's Sherlock, but not as we know him, as comedian dons a deerstalker
Some prestigious actors have recently tackled the role of Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective Sherlock Holmes recently – Robert Downey Jnr on film, Benedict Cumberbatch on TV and Jonny Lee Miller in the American series Elementary.
Now comedian Joe Pasquale serves up a unique portrayal of the detective in Ha Ha Holmes! and the Hound Of the Baskervilles.
With writer Ben Langley as Doctor Watson and Andrew Fettes playing everyone else, the search is on for the Hound of the Baskervilles.
Comedian Joe Pasquale – winner of 2004's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is no stranger to the stage.
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He recently made his West End theatrical debut in Spamalot and has starred in touring productions of The Nerd, Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Wizard of Oz and most recently last year's Doctor in the House with Robert Powell as well as regular panto appearances.
Joe says he decided to do the show after meeting the producer of last year's Doctor in the House tour, Jamie Wilson.
"We really hit it off and looked for another project to work on together. Jamie has been putting on Ha Ha! shows for years. But this year he wanted to expand it by putting a name in it. I agreed immediately because the script made me laugh out loud.
"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.
"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. What I like about Ha Ha Holmes! is that it incorporates both disciplines. You can go off on a tangent about tortoises, but you have to come back to the script eventually. Because we understand each other very well, Ben and I know how to bring it back to the script. We know when we've been doing the tortoise improvisation for too long!"
Joe says Ha Ha Holmes! is based on the famous story, which is set on Dartmoor.
"In theory, Holmes is trying to find The Hound of the Baskervilles on the moors. There is a very long, involved story about a curse on a family, but ultimately that is pointless. 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 getting wrapped up in it.
"The stories lend themselves to comic treatment. The relationship between Holmes and Watson is funny. Holmes is the master criminal hunter and Watson is his apprentice – there is great scope for comedy there. Look at Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films – there is a lot of humour in them. Robert Downey Jnr is a fantastic comic actor. We're simply heightening what's already there. It's Monty Python meets Men Behaving Badly meets Sherlock Holmes."
Joe says there could be more Ha Ha! shows in the pipeline.
"If this goes well, we're talking about Ha Ha Hood!, Ha Ha Hitler!, Ha Ha Houdini!, Ha Ha Hamlet!, and Ha Ha Hobbit! Basically anything beginning with the letter H is fair game!"
Ha Ha Holmes! and the Hound Of the Baskervilles is at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple on November 6 and the Theatre Royal Plymouth on November 17.