Eddie Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost Stand-Ups of this generation.
He takes ideas and situations and extrapolates them into bizzare tangential, absurb, and surreal comic narratives. He is the first to admit that he gets well paid for talking total bollocks. The good pay is because unlike the bollocks most of us talk, it's funny.
I was born in February ’62 in South Yemen. Dad was a fifties hippy with very short hair. He wrote essays on communism and stuff when he was sixteen. He joined BP as a filing clerk, not really knowing what he wanted to do...
So I was six when I went off to boarding school. There was a four-year-old kid there I felt sorry for: he was still wetting the bed. I think that my child-like character that appears in my stand-up now was locked off at six...
My dad’s good. I think we’re quite similar. We’re a bit emotionally compressed; we don’t get too elated by things because we’ve had bad stuff happen and more shit could be just around the corner.
I wanted to be a professional footballer. I didn't think I was going to make it, because I didn't seem to be that good, but I really loved it. I know people don't equate football with transvestism but the fact is, there's got to be a lot of football players and football fans and people in the army,…
I like things that work, even in difficult circumstances. I like doing gigs, even when I’m fucking dying. I’m trying to do a website and I want it to be real cutting edge. I like pushing things like that. We do merchandising on the tour and I want to make the t-shirts so they last. Quality.
In fact, I’d bought a set of colonel’s pips. So I used to walk around with colonel’s pips on and a handgun I’d bought in France – it was like a starting pistol. We went on exercise on the Downs and they said, ‘There’s going to be an ambush today, you’re going to be ambushed’ – which is great, so we…