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Eddie Izzard

The London Sunday Times has called him "the greatest British standup comedian of his generation", and the entity of Eddie Izzard is worthy of such praise. This comedian, actor, and transvestite has bewitched the world of comedy with a kitschy, campy, and cunning mix while adding a bit of British flair to American humor, and it's brilliant.

Born in 1962 to an accountant father and a mother who was a nurse, Izzard spent his early childhood in Yemen. Both of his parents worked at the British Petroleum refinery in Aden, but they moved to Bangor, Ireland before Izzard turned five. Time spent in Northern Ireland was the happiest of times for him, but another household upheaval to Skewen, South Wales changed all that. Izzard's mom died of cancer when he was just six, and he and his brother were sent to boarding school quickly thereafter. Such experiences would ultimately shape Izzard's charming, but crass persona.

Izzard participated in various stage plays and skits throughout his early childhood and teenage years. At age seven, he realized that performing on-stage in front of an amazing crowd was what he wanted out of life. In 1980, Izzard landed at Sheffield University for an Accounting and Financial Management with Mathematics degree, but comedy was fueling his fire. He spent the next year-and-a-half writing and acting in various university comedy shows, landing a top gig at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. By early 1984, Izzard left college, moved to London, and performed street-side shows with a friend in Covent Garden and figured himself out. He came out a year later. Eddie Izzard was a transvestite.

In three years time, Izzard was hot on the London Club circuit and by 1993, he was performing shows in the West End. He'd performed his first show in a dress in 1992 and was enjoying his stint in makeup. By the time his one-man shows like Unrepeatable, Definite Article, and Glorious hit the states in the mid-'90s, Izzard was already a bona fide star in his native England. His 1998 HBO comedy special and mini-American tour for Dress to Kill was a critical hit in the U.S., and his 2000 production of Circle landed him sold-out dates across the county. Three Emmy nominations followed, earning Circle two awards for "Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program" and "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Comedy Program."

With Emmys aside, Izzard's place on-stage and onscreen was in full effect by the early '90s. He had the lead spot in the David Mamet drama The Cryptogram in 1994, and starring roles in 900 Oneonta and Edward II. In 1996, Izzard landed his first movie role in The Secret Agent with Robin Williams. Appearances in Velvet Goldmine, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat's Meow, and All the Queen's Men with Friends star Matt LeBlanc earned Izzard a prime spot among the new millennium mainstream.

Dress to Kill was issued on DVD on Anti/Epitaph in October 2002, marking Izzard's first video release in the U.S. His previous five performances (including Dress to Kill) were already out on video in the U.K,, but Izzard wanted to give something back to his American fans. His Broadway performance in Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg earned him a Tony nomination for "Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play" in May 2003. Stateside dates followed in the fall. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Enjoyed Mr. Izzard in Phoenix, AZ several years ago.. Fantastic show. Will remember forever. After the show he came into the lobby and let everyone ask questions and take photos. Real stand up guy. #CakeOrDeath
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James Bond: I learned alot of survival strategies just from watching James Bond movies and Bruce Lee movies and movies like that. Mission Impossible etc. You can learn a lot about survival from these kind of movies.
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French Toilets or Toilettes Francaises: I LOVE EDDIE IZZARD'S COMEDY
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I swear this guy sounds exactly like Murdoc Niccals from Gorillaz!
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¥£$
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mb8260
Love him!! So charming and hilarious. Could listen to him all day every day.
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Transvestite ?
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SO GET THE KNIFE IN THE TOASTER! USE A KNIFE! FORK! SPOON! USE A WHISK AS WELL! VSSSH! VSSSH!
Love it!
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Six Million Dollar Queen....is my grandmother' s twin. Not true. BUT if I showed you a photo, we could swear that they do. It's awesome. :0) Nice. :-) I love his story telling.
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PALM SUNDAY IS THIS MARCH 29. ✌❦❧

The Sunday before Easter, when the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is celebrated in many Christian churches by processions in which palm fronds are carried.

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am2sweet2000
Do you want some cooooofffffe e e ? ; ) cue sensual licking of spoon.
I absolutely love Eddie Izzard...dis c o v e r e d him in late 90's as freshman in high school...saw HBO special late one night at Aunt's house and instantly was hooked :) introduced my best friend and the two of us scoured for anything and everything he did or movie he appeared in! Over 15 yrs later and still my all time favorite comedian :) biggest surprise and favorite tv appearance was his role on United States of Tara. He played
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kmabecheergi r l 2 6 6
I hate your song
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kmabecheergi r l 2 6 6
I hate your song
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Eddie Izzard is one of my favorite comedians
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Ducks on the ark.....Lmao . Good point!!
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Cake or death
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flower.power b a b y
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Do you have a flag?
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I'm pretty sure he plans his act ahead of time, but he seems to improv and go off topic a lot, which is awesome.
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Chow
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Force Majeure has the wrong picture listed. You just reused Circle.
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well this is somthing
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marshhorsetr a i n i n g
:-)
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Jammie Dogders!!!!! ! xD oh my sides. where's my copilot, who if i may say, is a flask of coffee.
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Omigod, I love Cake or Death!
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marleneajohn s t o n

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Onenanananan a n a n a no. Twonanananan a n a n a n a n a n a n a not on your life. Threennanana n a n a n a n a n a there we go! Hudududududu d u d u u d
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Cake or death?
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I love his accent. It makes everything extremely funny
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starwarskid2 0 0 0
Followed by Jim Gaffigan
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starwarskid2 0 0 0
He's my favorite comedian.
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Awesome comedian.
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This kicks a**
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loving it.
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Lovin me some Eddie!!
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redfacedone
Gotta love Eddie!
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Transvestite . . . Hot and awesome :)
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@ rahul.wij
Jim Gaffigan and Bill Burr are amazing comics. Just skip their tracks if you don't like them. Don't bring the complaint department over to this station.
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wayne.roo
Eddie's great!! Love it...
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Eddie Izzard is hands down amazing, he truely is the Lost Python. I hate it when Pandora gives me other terrible comedians like Jim gaffigan and bill burr that greatly irritate me
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What the f**k is he saying?
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Half the time I have no idea what he's talking about. And I love it.
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Lol.
This dude is funny
Toasters
U gotta hate them & luv them at the same time
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I his comeby is great i love it, Not in your life
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525433228
By the way, I'm a woman. For some reason this thing never shows my photo. I wish I knew how to fix that.
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525433228
Yes, I like his intelligence . I like everything about him. Yes, I should try to be a stand up comedian. Because, just like him, I see a sense of humor about this life. I love all of his comedy.
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SO smart, and funny too!! The cafeteria on the Death Star is one of the best comedy bits EVER.
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slybaconraci n g
Saw Eddie in concert in Vegas! Awesome show...the man is the one of my greatest.
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Heard about him from my kid brother and absolutely fell in love with Eddie - genius, hysterical and absolutely entertaining . Would love to see him in concert.
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rebecca.a.pa l m e r
This man is a genius of the first order. He could read the dictionary and it would become hilarious.
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