COMEDIAN: Eddie Izzard

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September 23rd, 2006 at 01:33am
I love watching BBC America, I love Footballer's Wives,My Family, and Eddie Izzard. He is hilarious, he makes jokes about anything and everything, he even jokes about puberty, and the Europian Dream. He also makes jokes about him being a transvestite. He also voiced the kola in The Wild. Also he commanly wears outrageous women's clothing. I love his show Dressed to Kill. Chao! Razz
Eddie IzzardEdward John Izzard, better known as Eddie Izzard (born February 7, 1962) is a British cross-dressing stand-up comedian and actor who describes himself as an "executive transvestite". As a comedian, he has a style of rambling, surreal monologue. He has turned his attention to acting as well as maintaining his demanding touring schedule.

February 7, 1962
Aden, Yemen


Early years
Izzard was born in Aden, Yemen, and is the youngest son of Harold John and Dorothy Ella Izzard. In 1963, shortly before Britain abandoned the capital of Aden, the Izzards moved to Northern Ireland. He lived in Bangor, County Down until 1967, when troubles started brewing there as well, and the family moved to Skewen, Wales, and Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, where he studied at Eastbourne College. His mother died in March, 1968, of cancer.

Izzard found some degree of solace in comedy after the death of his mother. He drew particular comfort from the works of Monty Python, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, and the early Benny Hill. He began to toy with stand-up at college and, after being ingloriously kicked out of school, he took his act to the streets. Having spent a great deal of the 1980s working as a street performer in Europe and the United States, Izzard moved his act into the standup comedy venues in Britain, first appearing at The Comedy Store in London in 1987. He refined his material throughout the '80s, and in the early '90s, he finally began earning some measure of recognition, though originally he did not perform in women's clothing.

He has often expressed his strong admiration for the late comedian and social critic, Bill Hicks. He has also expressed interest in fatherhood, though marriage is "a definite maybe".


Success as a comedian

His stand-up work brought him British Comedy Awards in 1993 (for Live at the Ambassadors) and 1996 (for Definite Article). After the British leg of the tour, he took Definite Article to major cities outside the UK including a successful stint in New York City. However, his US breakthrough did not really come until 1999, when Dress to Kill was shown on American television channel HBO, about a year or so after performing the show in the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Suddenly, America was aware of Izzard, and the show went on to earn Izzard two Emmy Awards in 2000 (for performance and writing). He only rarely appears on television, as he says it uses up material at too high a rate, whereas stage material can be continually re-used in front of different audiences for several months.

In January 2006, the U.S. television network F/X announced the production of a new drama series (co-written by Izzard) called The Riches (formerly Low Life). Izzard and British actress Minnie Driver star as a married couple, Wayne and Dahlia Malone, who have been part of a caravan of con-artist Irish travellers swindling their way across the States with their children. After finding another family killed in a car accident, the Malones assume their identities and start a new life as law-abiding suburbanites in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The series is set to premiere in the spring of 2007.

In 2005, Izzard provided the voiceover for the British government's series of television advertisements promoting recycling. The tagline to the advertisements was "Recycling. The possibilities are endless!"

Izzard also performed with Scottish musician Midge Ure at Live8 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He played the piano accompaniment for the song, "Vienna".


Theatrical appearances
In 1994, Izzard made his West End drama debut as the lead in the world premiere of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram" with Lindsay Duncan, in the production at London's Comedy Theatre. The success of that role lead to his second starring role in David Beaird's black comedy "900 Oneonta." In 1995, he portrayed the title character in Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II."

Izzard portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1999 production of Julian Barry's 1971 play "Lenny." In 2001, he replaced Clive Owen in Peter Nichols' 1967 play "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg," at the Comedy Theatre. Izzard and Victoria Hamilton then repeated their lead roles when the show as brought to Broadway in 2003, with The Roundabout Theatre Company production. The revival received four Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Play, Best Leading Actor and Actress for its stars Izzard and Hamilton in their Broadway debut and for Best Direction for Laurence Boswell.


Comedic style

Izzard states that he does not write any of his material down. He said in a 2004 interview with The Guardian, "It's the oral tradition. Human beings have been doing it for thousands of years" [1]. Because he is often thinking on his feet he tends to use protracted pauses which he fills by saying "So... yeah...", "and... uh" or "Ummm... ahhh... yeah" so as to allow him the time to remember what he will say next. These mannerisms have now become something of a trademark of Izzard. This also allows the audience to catch up with his train of thought or to picture his bizarre imagery.

Izzard's style is heavily influenced by Monty Python, from the characters used to the stream of consciousness structure of the material. Occasionally, this stream of consciousness loses the audience. He often replies to this by holding up an imaginary pad and pen and writing "Lost them there", "Never link these two together again" or something to that effect. However, occasionally Izzard simply jumps from one subject to another using comedic non sequiturs, allowing the audience to laugh at the way he has connected two completely unrelated topics.

Izzard is a skilled mime artist and uses mimes frequently in his act. Occasionally he will make fun of his own mimes, for example he once compared his mime of sawing wood (complete with sound effects) to punching a baboon in the face.

Izzard also uses various characters in his act. Often these characters interact, with Izzard playing both parts. He will also allow the characters to be removed from the sketch and comment on the joke ("no, that's the wrong punchline, you can't use that"Wink or the audience reaction ("they groaned at that joke, do you realise that?"Wink. Certain characters have gained infamy amongst fans and are reworked into material the audience initially found funny in his acts, such as his Scottish clarinet teacher Mrs. Badcrumble, and monkeys with guns. Also, there is the famous line, "Hod-d-d-d!" which is used to describe the sound carpet sweepers make. Izzard uses it to describe what the Greeks were doing inside the Trojan Horse (cleaning) when they were found. Another famous character is God, representing a hapless and dithering authority figure, but who is always voiced by Izzard's impression of James Mason. An impression of Sean Connery is also used, whose character ” which has ranged from Noah (of Noah's Ark fame) to Henry VIII ” sometimes interacts with the Mason character.



Izzard in female clothing on the cover of the Circle DVD (2002)
Izzard describes himself as an "executive" or "action" transvestite and as 'a male tomboy', rather than a "weirdo" transvestite (Izzard uses J. Edgar Hoover as an example of the latter). He regularly cross-dresses both on and off stage and makes it clear that cross-dressing is, for him, not a sexual thing “ he simply enjoys wearing make-up and clothing which is traditionally perceived in the West as female-only. According to Izzard, "Most transvestites fancy girls." He dismisses claims that he is homosexual, saying he is either a straight transvestite or a "male lesbian". He has also described himself as "a lesbian trapped in a man's body", but this is not generally taken to mean that he actually identifies as a transgender lesbian.



Izzard has engaged in campaigning work. He is especially well-known as a pro-European Union campaigner supporting the further integration of the UK into the Union. In May 2005 he appeared on the BBC's political debate show Question Time, describing himself as a 'British-European', comparing it to other cultural identities such as 'African-American'. As part of his integration campaigning, he was one of the first people to spend a euro in London. His pan-European approach has influenced his work: he regularly performs in French, an acquired language, and occasionally in German, in addition to English.

In July 2003, Izzard was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England for 'pro-Europe campaigning', 'his contribution to promoting modern languages and tolerance of other cultures and lifestyles' and for having 'transcended national barriers' with his humour.

He has also campaigned to oppose the closure of the departments of Drama and of Languages, Linguistics and Translation at the University of East Anglia.

On July 20, 2006 (one day later than advertised) he received an honorary doctorate in Letters from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield[2], where he spent one year on an Accounting and Financial Management course in the early 80s. During his time at the University he established the since-defunct Alternative Productions Society in the Union of Students with the aim of promoting fringe-based arts.


Critical reception

In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, Izzard was voted amongst the top 20 greatest comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. He was number 75 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. During the 1999 television special It's... the Monty Python Story, [3] which Izzard hosted, John Cleese said Izzard was the "Lost Python".


Discography and appearances


Sexie (2003)
Circle (2002)
Dress to Kill (1999)
Glorious (1997)
Definite Article (1996)
Unrepeatable (1994)
Live at the Ambassadors (1993)

Ocean's Thirteen (2007) as Roman Nagel
Across the Universe (2006) as Mr Kite (Ringmaster)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) as Professor Bedlam
The Wild (2006) as Nigel
The Aristocrats (2005) as Himself
Ocean's Twelve (2004) as Roman Nagel
Romance & Cigarettes (2004) as Gene Vincent
Five Children and It (2004) as It
Blueberry aka" Renegade" (2004) as Prosit
Revengers Tragedy (2002) as Lussurioso
All the Queen's Men (2001) as Tony Parker
The Cat's Meow (2001) as Charlie Chaplin
Shadow of the Vampire (2000) as Gustav von Wangenheim
Circus (2000) as Troy
The Criminal (1999) as Peter Hume
Mystery Men (1999) as Tony Pompadour
The Avengers (199Cool as Bailey
Velvet Goldmine (199Cool as Jerry Devine
The Secret Agent (1996) as Vladimir

TV appearances
24 (2006)
The Henry Rollins Show (2006)
Late Late show with Craig Ferguson (2006)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2005)
40 (2003) - Channel 4
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2002 and 2004)
Mongrel Nation (2002) - Discovery Channel
Python Night (1999) - BBC
Pythonland (1999) - BBC
Dennis Miller Live (1999) - HBO
Rex the Runt (199Cool - BBC
Inspector Derrick (1997)
Tales from the Crypt (1996) - HBO
Aristophanes: The Gods are Laughing (1995)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1995)
Have I Got News For You (from 1994)
Open Fire (1994)

See also

Cross-dressing in film and television

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Eddie Izzard
Official site
Official Biography
Cake or Death? An Eddie Izzard Fansite
Head Over Heels: Intrepid Media review of early shows on DVD
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Eddie Izzard at the Internet Movie Database

Interviews and articles
Izzard interviewed by Ginny Dougary - The Times, Feb 17, 2000
Interview with Izzard - The Observer, October 3, 2004
Ruby Wax Show - transcript of Izzard and Ewan McGregor as dinner guests with Ruby Wax.
It's stupid and I love it - the Goon Show and me - The Guardian, February 14, 2005.
Article written by Izzard.
Izzard interviewed by Bono - The Independent, May 18, 2006
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Career milestones
Definite Article (1996)
Eddie Izzard's Glorious Tour (1997)
Dress to Kill (199Cool
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September 23rd, 2006 at 06:23am
Please, check this out and edit your post. Wink
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September 24th, 2006 at 07:47pm
You should add his wikipedia profile there.. to add more information.

but yes yes yes yes yes. I'm am soo in love with that man!!!!
Favorite comedian.. by far.
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September 24th, 2006 at 10:52pm
Eddie Izard is fantastic, Did anyone see him when he was on Top Gear??
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October 13th, 2006 at 08:28pm
Eddie Izard is fantastic, Did anyone see him when he was on Top Gear??

I haven't seen that. I don't really watch shows about cars, they don't interest me. Was he funny?

He's one of my favourite british comedians.
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June 11th, 2007 at 10:43am
he is my hero,it nice to see a fellow mad dyslexic person!lol
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June 11th, 2007 at 03:53pm
Eddie Izzard, ftw.