July 20, 2011 |
He may be the world's first French-speaking more-or-less heterosexual transvestite marathon runner. Wednesday night, Eddie Izzard will add yet another breakthrough to his resume: He will become -- with "Eddie Izzard: Stripped to the Bowl" -- the first comedian to headline the storied Hollywood Bowl. "I think I'm the first stand-up to do a solo show there," Izzard says, by phone, with some pride. "I'm not just gonna leave this to the rock 'n' roll guys. It's time for the comedians -- it's time for us to take over.
December 5, 2002 |
The line to see British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard at Virgin Megastore on Sunset began forming at 3 p.m. and didn't disappear until almost midnight. An emergency supply of DVDs had to be rushed in from the warehouse. As the two-hour event lapsed easily into five, one Virgin staffer declared this the biggest in-store signing in the last eight years.
June 11, 2000 |
Eddie Izzard was talking about his comedy and his cultish fame and his upstart movie career. This was around midnight in a downtown Seattle restaurant. Izzard was drinking wine and cutting into a wood-smoked piece of chicken, but he would not touch the bread. Izzard puts on weight if he's not careful, and on his current comedy tour, which is called "Circle," he is working out daily with a woman named Helen Murphy.
September 17, 1998 |
Eddie Izzard, the bloke with the roving wit and the heavy eyeliner, pranced his irreverent way into the laugh-track life of an appreciative industry-heavy Los Angeles crowd Tuesday night. And for more than two hours, he was glorious. Or rather, fabulous. No, absolutely fabulous! (Oh wait, wrong Brit import. So sorry.) Actually, "Glorious" was the popular stand-up's previous show. This one, presented by Robin Williams at the Tiffany Theater, marks his L.A. debut.
September 15, 2003 |
He's calling it "Sexie," but Eddie Izzard says his latest performance piece might just as well be named "Elbow." "I like the one-word thing," Izzard elaborates. "I once did a show called 'Glorious,' but it wasn't me glorious, it could have been fall-of-the-Roman-Empire glorious, or glorious before the fall. 'Sexie' might be the state of sexy or the mental attitude of something sexy. At the moment, in Britain we've got this thing about documents that are being sexed up."
September 6, 1998 |
Wearing jeans, a bomber jacket and a Nike baseball cap pulled low over his eyes, Eddie Izzard slips unnoticed past the crowd milling about outside the Cable Car Theater. It's 20 minutes before show time and Izzard has to change into his stage outfit: a Jean-Paul Gaultier "mandarin smock" and black polyvinyl pants, high-heeled shoes and makeup--lipstick, eyeliner, eye shadow, midnight-blue nail polish. He's sold out another show, this one on a Wednesday night.