October 6, 2017

EDDIE IZZARD

Eddie Izzard is one of my favorite people on the planet. His standup shows have been hilarious and fascinating in equal measure. If you saw his documentary, Believe, you'll know his has been an interesting journey of self-discovery and empowerment. His curiosity typically leads him down interesting rabbit holes about history and language, and he performs his shows in English, German, and French. Plus, his riffs on James Bond and Star Wars (Jeff Vader!) have been brilliant. I was once lucky to see one of his shows in NYC from the front row. I'm currently immersed in Izzard's autobiography, Believe Me. Although I was psyched to get a signed copy, the real thrill has been listening to the audiobook version during my commute to work. Consistent with his style of thought and humor, his audio footnotes and asides during the reading actually outweigh the text itself, making for a richer, in-depth experience. I'm really loving it! I highly recommend the CD set to Spy Vibers. Do you guys still have CD players? Maybe it's available as a download. Izzard has dubbed himself an "action transvestite." He recently ran 27 marathons in 27 days for charity! This guy has my greatest respect. As a transgender, he embraces aspects of both his male and his feminine sides, and he prefers active wear over frilly bits- as he will tell you in a funny story about swimming as a kid. He even thought seriously as a child about military training because of the running, jumping, adventure of it all. And spies have crossed his creative radar a few times. James Bond featured in the Definite Article show back in 1996 (he also appeared in The Secret Agent in 1996 and The Avengers in 1998). In this funny segment below, Eddie looks at the world of James Bond gadgets and explores how 007 always seems to have the right tool for the right situation. Check out current tour dates. Enjoy!


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