Over the course of his thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be somewhat of a creative chameleon, able to invent myriad performances and acting roles, and to inhabit the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen, and raised in Ireland, Wales and post-war England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens, he took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited. Izzard quickly made a name for himself, most often in Covent Garden, captivating audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness banter, designed to misdirect his audience from the magic trick he was performing. In Untitled Memoir, he recounts the dizzying ascent he made from street busking to performing stand-up on the London stage, to his first appearances in New York and beyond.
Izzard has reached international fame and performs in several languages and counting. He is one of a very few contemporary comedians who has performed at Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium, and many other enormous arenas to sold-out crowds. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor, incorporating world history, pop culture, and personal politics and philosophy—as well as his stunning “executive transvestite” clothing and make-up—Izzard has embedded himself in the cultural firmament, as an advocate for freedom of expression, and gay and transgender rights, and built an extraordinary fan base of all ages. Izzard has appeared in acclaimed dramas on Broadway and London’s West End, as well as in Hollywood blockbusters such as the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, and starred in several television series. He continues to tour the world performing comedy, and his reach shows no signs of abating. In 2020, Izzard plans to make a bid for mayor of London, and to expand on his endeavors to provide services for others, continuing the benchmark he set in 2009 by running 43 marathons in 51 days, which raised almost three million dollars for charity.
One of the great talents of our time, Izzard is the rare performer whose reach is global and appeal is universal. The catchphrases culled from his acts—“Cake or Death,” “Star Wars Canteen,” and “Do You Have a Flag?” rival the popularity of Monty Python’s. For fans of Steve Martin, John Cleese, Monty Python, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais, Untitled is a no-holds-barred account of a life in show business with personal reflection and razor-sharp insights on the world we live in. Candid and generous, with a wink to his audience even as he inhabits a comedian's persona, Izzard’s is an inspiring and wonderfully imaginative world.
Eddie Izzard is a world-renowned comedian, actor, writer, runner, and activist. He made his West End debut in 1993 in a one-man show Live at the Ambassadors, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement. He recently appeared on television as ‘Dr. Abel Gideon’ in Hannibal, and produced and starred in the FX Networks series, The Riches. His films include Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve, Across the Universe, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, and The Cat’s Meow. His stage appearances include David Mamet's Race and The Cryptogram, the title role in Marlowe's Edward II, 900 Oneonta, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London and on Broadway, which garnered him a Tony nomination for Best Actor. Izzard’s hit one man shows include Stripped and Force Majeure. His performance in Dress to Kill earned him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmy® Awards. In 2010, the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story received an Emmy® Award nomination. In 2009, Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days through England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for charity and helped raise 1.8 million pounds ($2.7 million) for Sports Relief, which helps charities in Britain and around the world. In 2015, he will star in the Sony PlayStation Network superhero fantasy and crime noir series, Powers. Izzard plans to run for mayor of London in 2020. He lives in London and the U.S.A.
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