Eddie Nominated for VH1 “Do Something Awards”

[thanks Jean]

“Glee” star Jane Lynch has been tapped to host the 2010 Do Something Awards for VH1.The awards honor five nominees for their commitment to social change.

Each nominee is honored for their commitment to service with a community grant of $10,000. Of these five nominees, a grand prize winner will receive a $100,000 grant for their cause during the live broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. also announced the 2010 celebrity categories, honoring the entertainment industry for its continued dedication to activism and charity projects. All voting for these categories, including influential celebrities, musicians, comedians, and athletes, inspiring films and television shows, and social media initiatives can be done by the public at

The 2010 Do Something Awards air live on VH1 July 19 at 9 p.m. ET.

• Eddie Izzard
• Ellen Degeneres
• Ben Stiller
• Stephen Colbert
• Kathy Griffin


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Eddie Izzard on the run


If Eddie Izzard ever wants to quit standup comedy and acting, he could make a handsome living as a motivational speaker. The podgy Brit doesn’t quit. And he obviously has never heard the old saw about teaching old dogs new tricks. The 48-year-old comedy icon should be an inspiration to slothful middle-aged men and women everywhere.

He speaks conversational French and functional German, and wants to learn Russian and Arabic, too. “It’s good to have things to do, so I know which way I’m going,” he tells the Straight by phone from Toronto, where he started his nine-city, 13-show Stripped tour of Canada, reaching Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday and Saturday (May 21 and 22).

And when not exercising the agile mind he’s known for, he has become a born-again jock. Last July, with only five weeks’ training, Izzard took off on the experience of a lifetime, running north from London through to Scotland, then through Northern Ireland, then back over to Scotland and south through England and Wales back to London all in the space of 53 days. That’s over 1,100 miles, or to put it another way, 43 marathons. Wrap your head around that.

“You’re not supposed to be able to do that at 47,” he says. “I do think that we put our own restrictions on ourselves.” His goal is to be at the peak of everything by the age of 100. And he’s not being facetious. He really believes it. “I think as soon as you start thinking you’re slowing down, you start slowing down. I think there’s a psychological thing to it. I just think you’ve got to be on an adventure. I saw a guy who’s 80 doing the Hawaiian Iron Man. And that’s the way to live. One life, live it. Keep planning things. When you’re 90 you should think, ‘Now I’ve got to do this and that and the other.’ If you keep forging your way upwards, then I think everything will stay alert.”

Izzard ran for the charity Sport Relief, but one gets the impression he’d have done it anyway, just because. He claims he didn’t even get any material for his famously rambling act on the long, lone journeys.

“There’s nothing particularly about the run that has got into my material,” he says. “I like talking about the world and how it fits together. I think at some point it will come up as a diagonal. It will feed into the thing as a diagonal, the fact of how I discovered how people were and what they were like and how they behaved and how people are all the same in a good way. That I think will come out of it. But I haven’t noticed anything in particular that’s jumped into the material.”

Rather, he just soaked it all in.

“When you’re running on an adventure, a big sort of Lord of the Rings without any hawks, you really get at one with the landscape, with the road, with the towns, with some people asking you what you’re doing or waving to people that know what you’re doing,” he says. “I never got bored. And in fact, I really liked it when I was on my own. If you meet someone, that’s great, because they come running with you and you can talk with them and the miles do zip by. It takes your mind off things. But if not, if you’ve got a good vista to look out at, if you got to a place where you’d look down over the countryside—I like that because of the thousands or millions of years the countryside’s been developing. I ran past the place where the Battle of Naseby happened, which was this English Civil War battle site. I was imagining Cromwell and Roundheads clip-clopping up that street with the cavalry and cavaliers coming down the other way. I like history. I’m interested and fascinated, so it all fed my imagination. It was like running through a documentary about the country that is mine, the United Kingdom.”

So if we can’t expect tales from the trek on this Stripped tour, what then? A bit of everything else, it turns out. “It’s God and Darwin and the Romans and Greeks, ancient Egyptians, and Moses and giraffes and tigers and everything in between,” he says. Trying to weigh in on meatier subjects, Izzard has made his musings on religion a major chunk of the act. “I’ve decided I don’t think God exists. I was an agnostic. I think a lot of people are agnostics but they don’t go to atheist just in case God does turn up and go, ‘It was me all the time and now you can’t come.’ So I’ve decided, no, I’m fed up with this. I don’t think there’s anyone there. So I thought, let’s talk about it, let’s look at it.…I’m happy for there to be a God, but I’ve just decided there isn’t. So that’s, like, a heavier subject to go into. And that’s what I should do. I should talk about that, about human politics, about where the world has come from. That’s what I do, hopefully, just to try to up my game and make it better.”

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Eddie Izzard: All I saw while running my marathons told me Britain isn’t a racist country


by Eddie Izzard

Last year I ran 43 marathons through the United Kingdom – through England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland – and I had a good chance to take a look at our country.

Normally, doing comedy gigs around the UK, I don’t get a lot of opportunity to see our towns and cities in great detail, but running, you see things differently. You get a chance to see things up close.

The run, which was for Sport Relief, made me think about a lot about Britain.

What I found was that wherever I ran, whether through rural Yorkshire, remote Wales, or the busy streets of Edinburgh or Leeds, there was a definitely a British character. But it was also the character of human beings you might meet running or travelling anywhere in the world.

Britishness, it seemed to me, wasn’t some fixed, static thing. It wasn’t about doing things the way they’d always been done.

I saw some communities that had barely changed since my grandparents’ day, and others they wouldn’t have recognised. But all of them were British in their own way.

Immigrants have changed the landscape of Britain, but they have also become a crucial part of our country. Bristol, Liverpool and Nottingham may be multi-racial cities but they are all still distinctly British.

The roads I ran on might look British, but miles and miles of them are

actually Roman and many others are tracks built by the Celts.

Our country, after all, has been massively diverse for most of its history – a blend of Angles, Saxons, Romans, Vikings, Celts.

While I was running, I met people of all different colours and backgrounds, with all different regional accents, in all different shapes and sizes, but wherever I ran, I always knew I was here in Britain.

I was born in Yemen, in the Middle East, and grew up in Bangor in

Northern Ireland, and Skewen in South Wales. I went to school in East Sussex and university in Sheffield, so I suppose that makes me a typical example of our diverse nation.

We never have been a purebred nation – no nation is. The strength and vitality of our country is in the strength of the blend of our genes. The purebred race that Hitler and the BNP desire is doomed to failure by in-breeding – basic biology tells us that.

I am proud to campaign for Hope not Hate. This year, even more is at stake. The BNP could win their first seats as MPs – or control of their first council.

All I saw while running my marathons told me that Britain isn’t a racist country, and that people don’t want to be represented by racists in our country.

It confirmed my faith in Britain. It showed me that it’s in the nature of the British people to be hopeful. It showed me that Britain is brilliant.

I hope you’ll join me and vote for Hope in the general and local elections.

Surely no-one really wants Hate over Hope?

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Hearing why Eddie’s happy to Labour hard for support


HE is used to having comedy audiences eating out of his hand but Eddie Izzard had a trickier crowd to deal with when he visited Keynsham.

The transvestite comedian, actor and long-distance runner is the second celebrity campaigner to join the bid to help Labour junior minister Dan Norris hold on to his highly marginal seat.

For 90 minutes at the Trout Tavern on Temple Street yesterday, he regaled a packed pub garden with the reasons why they should vote for North East Somerset candidate Dan Norris – and announced his own political aspirations.

The 48-year-old star will be wowing Canadians on stage in Toronto come Friday night, but yesterday he was on his 22nd stop out of 25 across the country to muster votes for Labour in the General Election.

“I was in Gloucester this morning…” said the indefatigable performer, before reeling off every town and city he has graced wearing a rosette before then.

“The sun is shining in Keynsham and that’s because of the Labour Party.

“As a street performer I’m used to talking to people a lot and I want to point out that Britain is not broken, like the Tories will tell you. It’s brilliant. And that’s the Britain I believe in.”

Izzard’s appearance was the second from a household name to back Mr Norris, a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May joined Mr Norris last week to back his stance against fox hunting.

Izzard spent an hour fielding questions on child tax credits, what Labour has done for pensioners and the most inspirational person in his life alongside Mr Norris, who has represented the Wansdyke constituency – now redrawn and renamed North East Somerset – for the last 13 years.

Karen Perry, 51, from Winterbourne, was impressed with his impromptu performance.

She said: “It is great for a comedy actor to have a serious side. He put things across in layman’s terms and probably helped Dan Norris reach a few more people today.”

Izzard saved the photos and the press quotes until after the Q&A, marginally longer than Tory warhorse Ken Clark did on Monday, but he was soon swept away off to his next stop, Bournemouth.

Before he went he was quick to answer scepticism over celebrities being put up to support candidates.

“I’m not wheeled out here,” he said. “I’m self-propelled. I volunteered for this. Judge the celebrities on what they’ve done with their lives and if you like it, listen. If you don’t like it, don’t listen.

“The public are intelligent enough that if they don’t agree with what I say then they won’t listen.”

And that’s where Izzard is a valuable commodity after capturing the nation’s imagination running 43 marathons in 51 days around the UK, raising money for Sport Relief.

And his boundless enthusiasm is bound for politics – but not for a decade.

He said: “My own aspirations are for 10 years’ time. I’ve worked my backside off to get my career going so I’m not going to drop it. It would need to go into deep hibernation if I stand (as an MP).”

Pub landlord Jim McCarthy told the Post: “I’m just waiting for Bruce Springsteen to come here now.

“Could do with a bit of that here. They bring out the celebrities in America to support politicians all the time, so why not here?”

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Eddie Izzard plans his own race for political power


MARATHON-RUNNING comedian Eddie Izzard threw himself into the election race in Wales yesterday as the campaign enters its final laps.

Sporting a red Labour rosette, he made no secret of his own ambition to stride into the electoral arena.

He urged cheering students at the University of Glamorgan’s city centre Atrium building to use their vote and insisted he was committed to the Labour cause.

The comedian and actor, who lived for two years in Skewen, near Neath, said: “I am not being wheeled out here. I am self-wheeling. I am self-propelled. I volunteered for this because I am standing for election in 10 years time.”

Last year Mr Izzard established a reputation for tenacity and raised more than £1m for the charity Sport Relief by running 43 marathons in 51 days.

Speaking in the student- friendly Vulcan pub opposite the university building, he insisted he was serious about taking on the challenge of winning office.

He said: “I’m about 99.9% sure I’m going to run. I’ve got to do an election in my life – it could be MP, MEP or Mayor of London. I’ve got the next 10 years to work out sound policies, talk to experts around the world, do all that stuff that you need to do.”

The 48-year-old hopes that criss-crossing the country on his many marathons may have improved his chances of selection by a constituency party. “Having run around the United Kingdom I think I could stand anywhere.”

Mr Izzard sees human history as a struggle between progressives and conservatives. He said: “Around England, all these huge landowners have put up ‘Vote Conservative’ all over their land and you think ‘Well, yeah, vote Conservative and it will be back to the feudal system.’”

He is upbeat about devolution continuing and the Assembly gaining new powers.

“Having your own parliament, I think that’s cool,” he said. “Scotland’s got one. I’m very happy for Wales to do that but still we can all be working together and having no borders.”

A Welsh Conservative spokesman said: “We admire Eddie Izzard’s recent achievement in running 43 marathons in 51 days. But we’re sure even he’ll admit getting Labour re-elected is a challenge too far.”

Steven Owen, a 22-year-old film student at the University of Glamorgan, said: “I haven’t voted before but having Eddie come here will spread a lot of interest and I will definitely consider using my vote.”

Former First Minister and Cardiff West Labour AM Rhodri Morgan is a fan of Mr Izzard.

He said: “He’s a brilliant stand-up and his act has always got two or three levels to it. There is always a political level, because he’s an obsessive collector of facts of all kinds.”

Mr Morgan said winning support among students was crucial in Cardiff Central, which Lib Dem Jenny Willott took from Labour in 2005 by 5,593 votes.

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Eddie at Weymouth College Theatre

Eddie is playing Weymouth College Theatre Tues 27th April 10pm (profits going to the Labour Party) Tix £10 – 01305 2087021 – The BeeKeepers

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Comic Eddie Izzard spreads Labour message in Newcastle


COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard brought a touch of celebrity glamour to the campaign trail as Labour aimed for the student vote.

Mr Izzard met with would-be voters at the Starbucks coffee shop in Eldon Square in a bid to encourage students to use their vote.

He was joined by Newcastle Labour candidates Chi Onwurah and Catherine McKinnell, as well as Washington and Sunderland West candidate Sharon Hodgson.

The stand-up comic told curious on-lookers that as far as he was concerned the election was a battle for fairness, “something the Conservatives have been very quiet on”.

He added: “I ran around this country which the Conservatives are saying is broken and I didn’t see that. I saw people who want fairness and that is what Labour is standing for and it’s a what the vast majority of people want.

“There’s great spirit up here, a great spirit in Newcastle and a great spirit in Gateshead and Sunderland, and I’m glad to come up and lend my support.”

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Come campaigning with Eddie Izzard


On Monday 3 May we are taking to the streets of Barking and Dagenham again and this time we will be joined by Eddie Izzard.

Eddie is a longtime supporter of the HOPE not hate campaign and he is giving us his Bank Holiday Monday to help prevent the BNP from taking control of the council.

We are now in the short campaign period and that means we will just be working in our key target wards – those that the BNP need to win if it hopes to take control of the council. Each ward will have a different leaflet.

We will be campaigning in the morning from 10.30am-1pm and then we are holding a HOPE not hate summer party in one of our key target wards. There will be food from across the globe and children’s entertainment.

Over 70 people have already signed up for the day … and we haven’t even properly advertised it yet. Following last Saturday’s massive turnout we are hoping to get all six wards leafleted by 1pm. For that we need 150 people. We are once again putting on a bus from Camden and Hackney, a minibus from Bermondsey and encouraging people to get on the 10.10am train from London Fenchurch Street to Dagenham Dock.

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Comedian Izzard joins Dari on campaign trail


COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard joined the Labour election campaign trail in the North- East yesterday.

The internationally renowned stand-up star joined Dari Taylor, candidate for Stockton South, at Stockton Riverside College to meet some of the students.

Speaking after a tour of the college, Mr Izzard said: “I have been a member of the Labour Party since 1995 and I am proud of that.

“It is the party that still stands up for what is best for this country and even though we have made mistakes, if another party was in charge we would be going backwards, not in recovery like we are now.

“I have volunteered to do this, as this is the party that wants to give fairness to everyone, and that is what people want.

“I ran around the country and now I am going round in a car campaigning with the Labour Party.”

Mr Izzard, 43, has aspirations to become an MP in ten years time, once he has achieved all his ambitions as a comedian.

“I don’t have any natural talent,” he said. “I just have the commitment and the determination to do things.

“I first made people laugh when I was 12 and even then I was quite surprised.

Now I have just performed at Madison Square Garden.”

Ms Taylor said: “We have all been pitching to get him (Eddie Izzard) on board because he can inspire the young people.”

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Election 2010: Eddie’s serious on Powell


Labour has been wheeling out the big guns as it makes a big push to win the Withington seat.

The second week of campaigning in the run up to elections on May 6 saw visits from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former cabinet minister David Blunkett and even comedian Eddie Izzard.

Eddie added a touch of showbiz glamour as he helped Withington candidate Lucy Powell launch the party’s north west manifesto on Monday, April 19.

He told the Reporter:?”I’m here to support Lucy Powell who will be a fantastic MP for Withington.”

Eddie, who splits his time between homes in London and Los Angeles, admitted that even though Gordon Brown may not be the best at smiling he still backed him as the best person to lead the country.

“It’s great to have humour in politics but we are talking about serious things here,” he said.

Mr Brown visited the Siemens factory on Thursday, April 15 ahead of that evening’s leaders’ TV debate.

Lucy Powell said: “I think Gordon’s visit sends the signal that we are fighting hard to win this seat.

“If we want a Labour government not a Tory one we have to win Withington.”

Former home secretary David Blunkett and Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Paul Goggins also hit the campaign trail on April 15 with Lucy Powell, visiting the Barlow Moor Community Centre in Chorlton where they met residents to discuss Labour’s plans to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Around 30 elderly residents from the estate questioned Blunkett on how his party could end problems such as gangs of youths setting fires and riding off-road bikes.

Mr Blunkett also warned that increasing employment in the public sector was key to improving deprived areas, and warned that cuts to public spending would have a knock-on effect ‘that everyone would feel’.

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