Eddie Izzard
Comedian
Eddie Izzard
Edward John "Eddie" Izzard is an English stand-up comedian, actor and writer. His comedy style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologue and self-referential pantomime. He had a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in many motion pictures such as Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Valkyrie.
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Brexit protest: March for Europe rallies held across UK - BBC News
Google News - 6 months
BBC News Brexit protest: March for Europe rallies held across UK BBC News Thousands of pro-Europe protesters have been marching in London, calling for the UK to strengthen its ties to the continent following the Brexit vote. The March for Europe aimed to put pressure on the government to delay activating the formal process ... Thousands flock to capital to show pro-Europe credentialsBT.com Eddie Izzard chases man who snatched his pink beret at anti-Brexit march in LondonTelegraph.co.uk March for Europe: Thousands flood London's streets for anti-Brexit protestEvening Standard Huffington Post UK -International Business Times UK -Daily Mail -ITV News all 19 news articles »
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Eddie Izzard on identity, royals, and running 27 marathons
CNN - 10 months
The comedian speaks with Christiane Amanpour about identity, politics, and his feat of running 27 marathons in 27 days in honor of Nelson Mandela.
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'The World Is Emptier Now': Celebrity Fans And Friends Pay Tribute To David Bowie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The world was stunned early Monday morning with the news of a legend’s passing: David Bowie, artistic chameleon and Grammy-winning songwriter, died after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. In the wake of the news, Twitter and Facebook were overwhelmed with tributes from Bowie fans around the world. From U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and British astronaut Tim Peake to some of the planet's most influential entertainers, there was a deluge of love and awe for the extraordinary man:  I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016 Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016 Stunned and sad. The world is emptier now, and all they stars crashing down. My love and sympathies to @ManMade ...
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Sony Renews Powers for a Second Season on Your PlayStation
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Maybe using your game console for watching exclusive television series instead of running through Bloodbourne for a ninth time is a thing that will actually happen. Sony has renewed its PlayStation-exclusive series Powers for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Season 2 will air sometime in 2016, but no episode count was announced. For what it's worth, Season 1 consisted of 10 episodes. Powers is PlayStation's first and only original scripted series and is available free for subscribers to PlayStation's PlayStation Plus subscription service and available for purchase from the PlayStation Network. Long story short, you aren't going to see the whole series unless you have a PlayStation, which was the huge caveat with the show. Apparently, Sony liked enough of the viewership stats—which were not made available—to continue with another season. Jumping into the TV superhero fray, Powers is based on Brian Michael Bendis' comic of the same name, and follows a pair of cops w ...
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Eddie Izzard talks to young Erewash voters
Ilkeston Advertiser - almost 2 years
Comic legend Eddie Izzard met young voters as he joined the Labour campaign through Erewash today (Thursday, April 23).
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Natalie La Rose to Perform on CBS’ “Late Late Show with James Corden”
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
Whether one prefers daytime or nighttime, he will have a chance to watch Natalie La Rose perform this Wednesday. Already confirmed for an appearance on the April 22 “Ellen,” the “Somebody” artist is now set as the musical guest for that night’s “Late Late Show with James Corden.” Courteney Cox, Oscar Isaac and Joel McHale are slated as discussion guests for that episode of CBS’ late night talk show. La Rose’s talk show performances precede her scheduled showcase at the Radio Disney Music Awards. La Rose was recently added to a performer bill that also includes Nick Jonas, Becky G, R5, Rachel Platten, Fifth Harmony, Sabrina Carpenter (and now Sheppard, Tori Kelly and Shawn Mendes). As for Corden’s “Late Late Show,” CBS’ official listings follow: *Monday, April 20 Actress Rosario Dawson; actor Tony Hale; “The Talk” host Sharon Osbourne (n) Tuesday, April 21 Musician Mark Ronson; actress Kristen Stewart; actress Betty White (n) *Wednesday, April 22 Actress Courteney Cox; ac ...
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Labour's celebrity line-up out in full: Eddie Izzard and Sally Lindsay hit party rally... as Ben Elton takes swipe at Myleene Klass over her attack on mansion tax plans
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Comedian Ben Elton told Labour supporters in Warrington, Cheshire, that Myleene Klass, who he said made her money 'showering in a bikini,' should be 'proud to make a contribution.'
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Grappling German grammar, Eddie Izzard proves humor can travel
Reuters Canada - about 3 years
BERLIN (Reuters) - If anyone wants to know the German for "weasels covered in gravy", then comic Eddie Izzard, who unlike some of his countrymen is a lover of all things European, is the go-to man.
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Eddie Izzard coming to Chicago Theatre
Chicago Times - about 3 years
The British comedian Eddie Izzard, known for his cross-dressing and also his highly intelligent comic material, is to return to Chicago in June. The Chicago gig is part of Izzard's "Force Majeure" world tour.    
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How to stop looking for a French Michelangelo
Oxford University Press Blog - about 3 years
By Phillip John Usher British comedian Eddie Izzard — known for his Francophilia and for performing standup in French and in France — once made a quip during a show in New York that at first seemed rather Franco-sceptic: why, he asked, do we talk about the “Renaissance” using a word of French origin when France itself had no such moment of Re-birth? He called out to the audience, asking if anyone knew the equivalent Italian term. Someone called back “Rinascimento” and it was proclaimed on stage in lower Manhattan that, henceforth, the Italian term should be used in general parlance. If we put to one side the fact that France obviously did have a Renaissance (whatever we mean by that) and the various academic debates about periodization or about whether the term, invented in the nineteenth century, might be anachronistic or ideologically overburdened, we might acknowledge that the British comedian had a point. Or at least that his comment is symptomatic of what we mean when we say ...
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'Super-coach' hints at next big Sport Relief project
Bucks Free Press - about 3 years
THE man who prepared David Walliams and Eddie Izzard for their epic sporting challenges has hinted at the next major project in his long-running charity role.
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Colin Quinn Tells It Like It Was
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Colin Quinn has never been at a loss for words, and yet in 2011, he managed to do the impossible: Summarize the history of the world down to just the funny bits, in a highly praised show called Long Story Short. He next turned his historical sights on the U.S. Constitution in an off-Broadway show called Unconstitutional, which he recently brought to Toronto's JFL42 Festival. I spoke with Colin about his history in comedy. Karen Geier: Your HBO show Long Story Short took a few people by surprise, because it seemed more like something Ricky Gervais or Eddie Izzard might take on. Have you always been interested in "how we got here"? Colin Quinn: I wanted to do shows that made me understand things better. That's why I started looking at history. I wanted to think about things more. When you stop thinking about how we live in a new reality where everyone's narrative is set in stone and we don't even realize it, including mine. There's so much repetitive "information" going arou ...
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Eddie Izzard confirms he WILL run for London Mayor for Labour in 2020 - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 3 years
The Guardian Eddie Izzard confirms he WILL run for London Mayor for Labour in 2020 Mirror.co.uk Stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard has confirmed that he will run for London Mayor in 2020. He has previously suggested that he would like to give up comedy for politics. It was revealed last year that Mr Izzard was Labour leader Ed Miliband's top choice. It's no joke! Comic Eddie Izzard confirms he WILL stand for London MayorDaily Star Eddie Izzard confirms plan to stand for London MayorLondon24 Izzard: Miliband 'confident and relaxed with humour'ITV News Chortle -Your Local Guardian all 13 news articles »
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Eddie Izzard: In Syrian refugee camps, childhood is lost
CNN - over 3 years
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Hulu.com: The British Are Coming, So Let's Play "Shag, Marry, Deport"
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Welp, we've done a pretty good job of repairing this weird fling we've had with the British over the last two-and-half centuries. Sure, 237 years ago this week, we had to sign a piece of paper just to get them to stop nagging us about "taxes" and "running roughshod over a land and its communities" and everything. But we've fixed this through the good ol' sedatin' powers of the TV box/machine. We've had Russell Brand become our human make-up sex. We've had Jamie Oliver make a healthy dinner for our kids from that other marriage--the one where we used to just feed them steak and Kool-Aid until they passed out underneath a pile of Playstations. Then we just out-and-out stole Hugh Laurie from them and The UK didn't seem to notice until it was too late. (Sorry about that one, Brits.) Our relationship is in good shape. Still, there are some loose ends for Brits on American TV. There's only so much time, and we need to fit stuff like Celebrity Wife Swap on there for gover ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eddie Izzard
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 54
    On 16 February 2016 the BBC announced that Izzard would attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days, through South Africa for Sport Relief.
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    On 25 February 2016, Izzard announced his intention to stand for the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.It was announced on 9 August 2016 that Izzard had failed to be elected to the N.E.C.
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    Izzard and his brother built a model railway to occupy their time while their mother was ill; it was donated to the Bexhill Museum in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details The Izzard family name is of French Huguenot descent. Following his mother's death, Izzard attended boarding schools such as St John's School in Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, as well as St Bede's Prep School and Eastbourne College in East Sussex. He said that he knew he was a transgender person at the age of four, after watching another boy being forced to wear a dress by his sisters, and knew he wanted to be an actor at the age of seven. Izzard began to toy with comedy at the University of Sheffield, with student friend Rob Ballard. After leaving his accountancy degree course, he and Ballard took their act to the streets, often in Covent Garden. After his split with Ballard, Izzard spent a great deal of the early 1980s working as a street performer in Europe and the United States. He then moved his act into the stand-up comedy venues of Britain. His first gig was at the Banana Cabaret in Balham, London.
  • 2015
    Age 53
    In 2015 Izzard was chosen, by readers of The Guardian, as their 2014 public language champion.
    More Details Hide Details The award was announced in central London, at the Guardian and British Academy 2014 Schools Language Awards, as part of the annual Language Festival.
    Izzard confirmed his support for Labour in the 2015 General Election, attending a party rally with fellow comedian Ben Elton and actress Sally Lindsay in April 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 51
    On 20 February 2013, Izzard received the 6th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism — an award presented at Harvard University each year by the Humanist Community at Harvard, the American Humanist Association, and the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 50
    In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sunderland.
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    Izzard supports Crystal Palace FC and became an associate director at the club on 16 July 2012.
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    He attempted such a project in South Africa in 2012, but withdrew with health concerns.
    More Details Hide Details He completed the marathon challenge on 20 March, at the statue of Mandela in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Because he had spent one day in hospital, he had to run two consecutive marathons on this last day. He raised more than £1.35m for Sport Relief. A BBC documentary, detailing his feat, was broadcast on 28 March. During his Stripped tour, Izzard said he realised he was an atheist. He said, "I was warming the material up in New York, where one night, literally on stage, I realised I didn't believe in God at all. I just didn't think there was anyone upstairs."
  • 2011
    Age 49
    Izzard is an outspoken supporter of the Labour Party. In September 2011, he declared his ambition to stand for the party in the future as an MP, MEP, or Mayor of London, announcing an intention to stand for the London mayoral election in 2020.
    More Details Hide Details When asked on comedy panel show The Last Leg why he thought he might be elected, he replied "Boris Johnson". He is also a republican, believing that Britain should have a democratically elected head of state. He has stated that he is a social democrat, not a socialist.
    In 2011, Izzard revealed that he had political ambitions and wanted to become an MP, Mayor, or MEP by 2020.
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  • 2010
    Age 48
    In the 2010 updated version of the list he was ranked 5th
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    In March 2010, Izzard took part in the Sport Relief Mile event.
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    On 4 March 2010, he was elected as the Honorary President of the University of Sheffield Students' Union.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    He received a special award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009 for his achievements.
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    The blog Eddie Iz Running documented his 43 marathons in 51 days, covering at least 27 miles per day (totaling more than 1,100 miles), ending on 15 September 2009.
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    On 27 July 2009, with only 5 weeks' training and no significant prior running experience, Izzard began seven weeks of back-to-back marathon runs (with Sundays off) across the UK to raise money for Sport Relief.
    More Details Hide Details He ran from London to Cardiff to Belfast to Edinburgh and back to London, carrying the flag of the country — England, Scotland, or Wales — in which he was running. In Northern Ireland he carried a self-designed green flag bearing a white dove.
  • 2008
    Age 46
    Izzard added a stop in New Orleans during his 2008 Stripped tour.
    More Details Hide Details All proceeds from the performance of 23 June 2008 were donated to Neighbourhood Housing Services of New Orleans. In March 2014, Izzard began leading a campaign encouraging Scots not to vote for independence in the September referendum, saying that England would feel a "deep sense of loss" if Scotland were to leave the UK.
    During an interview for the 2008 Stripped tour, he spoke about becoming more active in European politics as well as running for political office in Europe within the next decade.
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  • 2007
    Age 45
    On 7 July 2007, Izzard was one of the presenters from the London leg of Live Earth.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    On 20 July 2006, he received an honorary doctorate in Letters from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield, where he spent one year on an Accounting and Financial Management course in the early 1980s.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at the university he established the now-defunct Alternative Productions Society in the Union of Students with the aim of promoting fringe-based arts.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    He appeared in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party in the run up to the 2005 general election.
    More Details Hide Details He donated nearly £10,000 to the party in 2008, appeared again in a party political broadcast for the 2009 European election, and again in a 2010 election video entitled Brilliant Britain. Izzard appeared in literature to support changing the British electoral system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons in the Alternative Vote referendum in 2011.
    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 EU. In May 2005, he appeared on the BBC's political debate show Question Time, describing himself as a "British-European", comparing this with other cultural identities such as "African-American".
    More Details Hide Details As part of his integration campaigning, he was one of the first people to spend a euro in London. This pan-European approach has influenced his work; he regularly performs in French and occasionally in German. In July 2003, Izzard received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, 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 unsuccessfully against the closure of the departments of Drama and Languages, Linguistics and Translation at the University of East Anglia, although the department of Drama was later reprieved. In 1998, Izzard was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    Izzard uses a stream-of-consciousness delivery that jumps between topics. As he put it in a 2004 interview with The Guardian, "It's the oral tradition.
    More Details Hide Details Human beings have been doing it for thousands of years". His bent towards the surreal even went so far as to produce a sitcom called Cows in 1997 for Channel 4, a live action comedy with actors dressed in cowsuits.
  • 2003
    Age 41
    Izzard and Victoria Hamilton then repeated their lead roles when the show was brought to Broadway in 2003, with the Roundabout Theatre Company production.
    More Details Hide Details 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 debuts, and Best Direction for Laurence Boswell. In June 2010, Izzard replaced James Spader in the role of Jack Lawson in David Mamet's play Race on Broadway. Izzard has appeared in numerous films, starting with 1996's The Secret Agent. He has appeared as several real-life individuals, including Charlie Chaplin in The Cat's Meow, actor Gustav von Wangenheim in Shadow of the Vampire and General Erich Fellgiebel in Valkyrie. Other roles have included Mr. Kite in Across the Universe, Lussurioso in Revengers Tragedy and criminal expert Roman Nagel in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. Voice work has included the titular It in Five Children and It, Nigel in The Wild and the mouse warrior Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. He said in 2009 that he would not be reprising his role as Reepicheep and the role was ultimately played by Simon Pegg in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    In 2001, he replaced Clive Owen in Peter Nichols' 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Comedy Theatre.
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  • 2000
    Age 38
    He has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his comedy special Dress to Kill, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Izzard's website won the Yahoo People's Choice Award and earned the Webby Award.
  • 1999
    Age 37
    Izzard portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1999 production of Julian Barry's 1971 play Lenny.
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  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998 Izzard appeared briefly on stage with the Monty Python team in The American Film Institute's Tribute to Monty Python (also referred to as Monty Python Live at Aspen).
    More Details Hide Details He walked on stage with the five surviving Pythons and he was summarily escorted off by Eric Idle and Michael Palin as he attempted to participate in a discussion about how the group got together.
  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, he portrayed the title character in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II.
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  • 1994
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The success of that role led to his second starring role in David Beaird's black comedy 900 Oneonta.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 27
    Izzard keeps his romantic life private, saying one of the reasons is due to the wishes of his companions not wanting to become content for his show. He dated Sarah Townsend, the director of the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, whom he first met while she was running a Fringe venue at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989.
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  • 1987
    Age 25
    In 1987, he made his first stage appearance at the Comedy Store in London.
    More Details Hide Details He refined his material throughout the 1980s, and in the early 1990s he finally began earning some measure of recognition through his improvisation, in part at his own club "Raging Bull" in Soho. Izzard has performed stand-up in French, as well as German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic, languages which he does not speak.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 0
    Izzard was born on 7 February 1962, in the Colony of Aden, the younger son of English parents.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Dorothy Ella, was a midwife and nurse; his father, Harold John Izzard, was an accountant who was working in Aden with British Petroleum. A year after Izzard's birth, the family moved to Bangor, County Down, and lived there until he was five. The family then moved to Skewen, West Glamorgan, where his mother died of cancer when Izzard was six and his brother, Mark, was eight.
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