Family legend has it that Mother Upton once nearly had an asthma attack because she was laughing so much at one of Joe Pasquale’s shows.
The particular gag was one of Pasquale’s physical acts, involving holding his hand over a series of flames to sing When A Child Is Born in homage to Johnny Mathis.
The comedian has been doing his summer shows across the country for 20 years, always returning to the resort - much to the delight of my mum, and no doubt, many others across the Fylde coast, but also Joe’s.
“I’ve been coming here on and off for 20 years, I love Blackpool,” he said.
“The Grand is a great old Matcham theatre.”
He’ll be treading the boards with his The Joe Pasquale 2013 Summer Tour at the theatre for one night only on Sunday, August 11.
“It’s two hours of gags, a bit of magic, a bit of singing and dancing, and ventriloquism,” he said.
“It changes on a nightly basis. It’s a fun show. I do it every summer, it’s what I call my day job.”
If comedy tours are his day job then Pasquale has made a very good living from stuff on the side.
He made his West End debut as King Arthur in Spamalot in June of this year, performing a six-week stint in the musical.
And in October he takes on the infamous role of Sherlock Holmes in a new comedy version of the detective.
Tickets for the 2013 Summer Tour, at £19, are available from: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or by contacting: (01253) 743339