Mar
05
2010
0
Mar
05
2010
2

TV ratings: Eddie Izzard sets the pace for BBC3

[from the Guardian]

Documentary about comedian’s 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief attracts 665,000 viewers

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BBC3’s documentary about Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief was watched by 665,000 people last night, Thursday 4 March.

Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man had a 4.8% share of the audience between 10.30pm and 11.30pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.

It beat ITV2’s American Idol, which had 316,000 viewers (2.3%) between 10.30pm and 11.30pm, but was narrowly beaten by the second half of a new episode of Skins on E4, which averaged 678,000 viewers (3.8%) between 10pm and 11pm.

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Written by Momo in: News,Photos,Politics & Causes,Sport Relief |
Jan
20
2010
1

Sport Relief 2010

You’ll also be able to tune in for a night of TV entertainment on Friday 19th March on BBC1 with highlights including special sporting editions of favourite shows including Masterchef and Top Gear; a one-off Strictly Come Dancing challenge and Frank Skinner will host a special edition of A Question of Sport Relief.

Other TV treats coming up during the campaign on the BBC include the return of Let’s Dance for Sport Relief, the all new Sport Relief Does We Are The Champions and a documentary series about Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days around the UK.

Izzard fan, Melanie, will be running for Sport Relief and you can sponsor her HERE.

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes,TV |
Jan
11
2010
0

Comedian Eddie Izzard to perform in South Africa

[from Artslink.co.za]

Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard will be performing in South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign from 2 to 6 February.

Eddie Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of this generation. His latest stand-up show Stripped has broken all box records with sell-out arena shows across the UK, US and Europe. This January Eddie will join an elite group of performers when he becomes the fourth ever comedian to play New York’s prestigious Madison Square Garden.

Now 46664 and Real Concerts are thrilled to welcome Eddie Izzard to South Africa, where he will be performing for five nights, to help raise funds for the ongoing work of the Nelson Mandela charitable organizations.

Performances take place on 2 and 3 February 2010 at The Mandela Stage at the Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg; on 4 and 5 February in Cape Town at the ICC Auditorium 1 and on 6 February at Durban ICC in Hall 1 AB.

February 11 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela walking free from his 27 years incarceration. This historic world event was the foundation that brought freedom to a country that was once segregated and full of turmoil. It is because of this hugely significant moment that South Africa is now able to welcome many global, cultural and entertaining events.

Eddie Izzard explains: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to perform in South Africa to help raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities. It is because of this iconic world leader, Madiba, that I have the privilege of performing my show to a live audience in what is now a free country and at a very significant time in the country’s history.”

Tim Massey, International Director of 46664 says: “By using the universal language of sport, music and entertainment we can deliver messages of care, prevention and hope to the youth and young adults of the world. This is the first time we will be partnering with comedy and we are delighted and extremely grateful that Eddie accepted our invitation to come and perform in South Africa. We hope this will be the first of many more 46664 comedy events to come.”

For more information please contact Katie Phillips or Shimon Cohen at The PR Office on 020 7284 6969 or e-mail kphillips@theproffice.com / scohen@theproffice.com or Real Concerts: Kim Mari on 082 462 8739 / kim@realsa.co.za

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes |
Dec
13
2009
1

Eddie Izzard given BBC Sports Personality special award

[from bbc.co.uk]

Comedian Eddie Izzard has been honoured with a special award at the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his epic marathon feats for Sport Relief.

The 47-year-old popular comedian ran an incredible 43 marathons around the UK, covering 1,100 miles in just 51 days and raised over £200,000 for charity.

Izzard completed the endurance event following just five weeks of training.

In 2006, fellow comedian David Walliams also received a special award for swimming the Channel for Sport Relief.

After picking up the award, Izzard explained that he took up the idea of running round the country as “a health idea”. “But I’m no athlete,” he told the crowd. “Not like everybody here tonight.”

“It was really tough,” he added. “Everything was painful. People asked me if I enjoyed the running but I enjoyed the stopping! I staggered, I ran and I crawled.”

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Dec
11
2009
0

Video of Eddie Izzard talking about Ed Miliband’s campaign

Eddie Izzard talks about Ed Miliband’s campaign for a climate change deal at the Copenhagen summit. Sign up to the campaign at http://www.edspledge.com/eddie-izzard

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes,video |
Dec
03
2009
0

Eddie Izzard opens Bexhill Museum

[from the Bexhill Observer]

WIND and rain did nothing to deter the spirits of the crowds of people who flocked to see comedian Eddie Izzard officially open the newly revamped Bexhill Museum on 26th November.

Eddie, also undeterred by the weather, arrived on foot, suitably attired in trainers and sportswear, having chosen to make the journey from Eastbourne to the museum by way of running what he described as, “a half marathon”.

After cutting the ribbon Eddie, who grew up in Bexhill, took time to look round the museum, chatting to visitors and signing autographs, before making an opening speech.

Eddie is Patron of the museum, and was introduced by Chairman of the Board of Directors, Stella Bellem, who said:

“This is a wonderful day for Bexhill and for the people of Bexhill. Eddie is one of one of Bexhill’s own, and follows in the footsteps of another great comedian, Spike Milligan.”

Spike Milligan opened many exhibitions at the museum, including the Bexhill at War exhibition – a photograph of which is on view at the museum.

Smiling broadly Eddie was greeted by a round of rapturous applause and said:

“I knew Spike Milligan was stationed in Bexhill during the war and I was stationed here during the seventies selling ice cream at Galley Hill!”

He added: ” It’s taken ten years and two million pounds to refurbish the museum and the energy that’s been put into it is fantastic – Bexhill needs this. Hopefully this will be a great start and you’ll go on from strength to strength.”

Eddie is used to running in wet weather, having recently completed a 1,105 mile marathon around Britain, raising £2,000 for Sports Relief.

He said he decided to take out his trainers and make the run to the museum from Eastbourne (where he would be appearing in a gig at the Devonshire Park Theatre later in the day) making a short detour to Pevensey Castle for three reasons.

He said: ” I ran from Eastbourne as I thought it would get the press interested and give the museum more publicity. I went to school in Eastbourne and the run here helped me revisit bits of my childhood, and I also want to encourage people in the UK to get fit.”

Asked if running was tiring he said: “The weird thing is the more energy you expand the more energy you have.”

Many local dignitaries also attended the opening including Eddie’s dad, John Izzard, Rother District Council Chairman Cllr Martin Mooney, Honorary President of the Museum, Megan Trace, and Bexhill Town Mayor Cllr Bridget George who said:

“We have to say a big ‘thank you’ to Eddie for sparing the time to open the museum today. It’s so great to see everyone coming to enjoy this wonderful facility and hope many will further enjoy it in the future.”

The refurbishment project on the museum was made possible with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Rother District Council, Biffaward, Interreg 111A, Prism, Awards for All and local donations.

The project has extended the original Bexhill Museum building to accommodate the costume collection and a motor racing heritage gallery

For further information and opening times visit the website at: www.bexhill-museum.co.uk or call (01424) 787950.

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes |
Dec
03
2009
0

Tracy says “thank you” to Eddie Izzard

[from the Bexhill Observer]

FOR Glenco FC secretary Tracy Aston, Thursday’s re-opening of Bexhill Museum was an opportunity to say thank you to Eddie Izzard.
The top comedian, who spent his boyhood in Bexhill, had played a key part in helping to launch the Glenco/Bexhill United appeal fund to floodlight Polegrove for evening practice football sessions.

Eddie returned to the town as patron of Bexhill Museum to cut the ribbon and formally re-open the newly-extended building following its £2m+ extension.

But Eddie also gave generously of his time to sign autographs and meet the public.

Tracy was already on a high, having the previous evening received a £50,000 cheque from the People’s Millions on Meridian Tonight.
Tracy couldn’t wait to show Eddie the giant cheque after the opening ceremony.

“I felt it was so important for Eddie to see it. He gave us a donation after last year’s Bexhill Achievers Awards to start us off.

“He was so thrilled that we had got the £50,000 People’s Millions award.”

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes |
Nov
27
2009
0

Eddie Izzard runs half-marathon to open £2 million Bexhill Museum revamp

[from culture24.org.uk]


Comedian Eddie Izzard made a dramatic arrival at the re-opening of Bexhill Museum in East Sussex this week.

As guest of honour at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 25 to mark the completion of the ten-year, £2 million-plus building extension campaign he had been due to arrive in style in a pre-war Rolls Royce New Phantom II.

Instead, he opted to ignore the rain and run the half-marathon course from Eastbourne, where he was due to appear that evening before a sell-out audience as part of his UK tour.

Demonstrating the fitness that allowed him to complete 43 marathons for Comic Relief last summer, he launched into the kind of verbal flow that has endeared him to millions without even pausing for breath.

Bexhill-on-Sea’s new-look museum was a “brilliant” effort, he told crowds lining the town’s Egerton Road.

Having been brought up in the town in an era when there was little for young people to do, he applauded the efforts of the Society of Bexhill Museums in providing a vibrant, active, new centre.

Izzard, 47, currently needs to keep running in order to wind down after his highly athletic summer.

But before cutting the ribbon he confessed that the main reason for choosing to do a half-marathon run-up to the ceremony was to attract as much media attention as possible for the hugely-improved museum.
The extension has been made possible by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, building owners Rother District Council and the Biffa Awards scheme.

Curator Julian Porter, the Museum’s only paid officer, had earlier given local dignitaries and key council figures a guided tour.

The Museum, which was opened in 1914, has had one of its original exhibition galleries re-named the Sargent Gallery in memory of Henry Sargent, who devoted his entire working life as curator.

The former Bexhill Museum of Costume and Social History collection amassed by Christine Portch and Isobel Overton has been incorporated into the first of two new galleries.

A new motor heritage gallery stars three cars featuring three methods of propulsion and unique links to Bexhill.

A replica of the steam car on which M Leon Serpollet won the 1902 Bexhill Motor Trials marks the first international motorsport event in Britain.

The Volta electric car was built by students of St Richard’s Catholic College in the town and holds a class world land speed record which, due to the classification system changing since, can never be bettered.

Veteran craftsmen from the former Elva car company, founded by Bexhillian Frank Nichols, have restored a Mark III Elva sports-racer, built in the town in 1958.

“It’s the first time I’ve had Eddie Izzard as my warm-up act,” quipped Jane Weeks, regional manager of the Heritage Lottery Fund, speaking at the opening.

She said volunteers, many of whom had often worked into the small hours to arrange the galleries, had done “a great job”.

“The museum is great,” Izzard told Culture24. “Museums are the stuff of history. I do believe that if you study history you can look at your future in a positive light.

“I love it. They have a shop here, which I love. Most of all, it is great for young people. They can bring their finds in here and fire their interest.”

Izzard’s first job was running a council kiosk in Egerton Park, behind the Museum.

“Bexhill needs tourism,” he argued. “People now go to Spain and the sun. A museum like this is one of the ways of attracting them to the South coast.”

Written by Momo in: News,Politics & Causes |
Nov
24
2009
0

Eddie Izzard drops in for a chat at Cardiff homelessness charity

[from 24dash.com]

eddie_izzardCardiff-based homelessness charity, Llamau, was thrilled when comedian and Hollywood actor, Eddie Izzard, paid a visit last week.

Eddie spent time chatting with the young people that Llamau supports, whilst on the Cardiff leg of his current tour ‘Stripped’.

Staff and service users alike were entertained by Eddie as he found out more about Llamau’s work with homeless young people and vulnerable women in Wales.

Eddie, who spent part of his childhood living in Wales and attended school in Porthcawl, lent his support to Llamau’s annual Christmas Gift Appeal, recognising that Christmas can be a difficult time for many people.

You can join Eddie in supporting homeless young people and vulnerable women in South Wales by donating a gift for a young person this Christmas.

Danny aged 17, said: “Last year, thanks to Llamau, I received my first Christmas present in six years.

“It meant so much to know that someone cared.”

Llamau’s Chief Executive, Frances Beecher, said: “This year we hope to replicate the support we received last year both in financial contributions and with the donation of gifts.

“We would like to thank Eddie Izzard for helping us with our appeal. To know that someone of his standing is interested in our young people and the work that we do is incredible.”

For information about Llamau, please contact Rachal on 029 2023 9585 or email rachalminchinton@llamau.org.uk

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes |

 


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