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Eddie Izzard: The key to success is simple – The more you do the better you are
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Eddie Izzard: The key to success is simple – The more you do the better you are

Meet the man who is on the biggest ever world comedy tour, taking in more than 25 countries. Everyone’s favorite transvestite comic, a British treasure: Eddie Izzard.

For 30 years, you have openly dressed in women’s clothes. Do you think people are getting more comfortable about this in years?

– Recently, yes. They are getting more relaxed. These are the genetic cards that we’ve been dealt. I’m just being honest about it.

In earlier interviews, you’ve mentioned about your difficult first years in comedy. What kept you going and staying with it?

– I suppose it’s a belief. I had decided that there was no way I wasn’t going to do it. I had decided that I was going to be an actor when I was seven. I tried to get into school plays. But after watching ‘Monty Python’ (a British surreal comedy group) I decided to do comedy. I just kept going for 11 years until I could break it. And it finally happened.

An English stand-up comedian, actor, writer and political activist. Izzard’s memoir “Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens” is coming out this summer.

What drew you to comedy?

– I loved it. As I said before I wanted to act. I didn’t know that you could just do comedy. During my school years, I was kind of smaller in height, and I wasn’t great in having relationships, so I decided that I could be the comedy guy.

Tell me about your process and setting up a show. How often is it spontaneous?

– I develop it on stage. I do improvise it. I go on stage, I improvise and I workshop with ideas I have in my mind. I don’t write it. I verbally sculpt the show.

It took me 11 years to get anywhere and that was how that was going to happen for me. I now know that I have incredible stamina because I kept going until I made it.

Do you find the audiences different in every country or does it all same to you?

– My audiences are intelligent people, students of thought. Mainstream doesn’t really get my stuff whether it is the UK, USA or Turkey. It is Monty Python’-y type of show: silly but intelligent. As you know I’ve had a bit called the ‘DeathStar Canteen’ where Darth Vader is trying to get food at the canteen, so it will be that kind of show.

You’ve known as a pro-European Union campaigner, supporting the further integration of the UK into the EU. How do they feel about Britain and the referendum after all?

– Well, I’m pissed off. Hope not brexhate. I don’t believe in this but I have to respect the vote. We won the first one but we lost the second referendum. We do have to keep on fighting. EU has to work because there are 7 billion people in the World and if you want a chance for peace this has to work. Running and hiding will not work. Emotionally it was a protest vote for a lot of people in Britain. I can say that it is the end of a chapter, not the end of the battle.

What’s the best joke you’ve heard about Brexit?

– Hope not brexhate.

What was the most recent thing you observed that would make it into your material?

– No. I don’t to topical stuff. I like to talk about historical things so that my stuff remains timeless. If I would do something about Brexit with time this would be outdated.

What advice would you give to newcomer social media-driven comedians?

– Do a hundred gigs. This is the best way to get time on stage. That’s how you get your voice heard. Success is simple: The more you do the better you are.

Do you have any regrets about life?

– Not really. It would have been nice to take off when I was 15. But that doesn’t happen. It took me 11 years to get anywhere and that was how that was going to happen for me. I now know that I have incredible stamina because I kept going until I made it.


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