Jan
20
2010

Renaissance man Eddie Izzard discusses Monty Python, world history and apparel

[from Dallasnews.com]

Eddie Izzard is a Renaissance man – and not just because he can talk at length about the Renaissance period. The 47-year-old British comedian is an Emmy-winning performer, known for stream-of-consciousness ramblings about history. He’s acted in such films as Velvet Goldmine and Ocean’s Twelve, along with the underrated, defunct FX television drama The Riches.

Izzard’s recent feats include running an astounding 43 marathons in 51 days last summer for charity. A documentary about his humble beginnings, titled Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, is screening in select cities and will be released on DVD this spring. He’s hinted at a future career in politics.

And yes, he’s a transvestite, often wearing flamboyant women’s clothing in concert. He clarified in Dress to Kill that he’s an “executive transvestite,” not a “weirdo transvestite” or a drag queen. Though, in recent years, he has performed in more subdued male garb.

He brings his “Stripped Too” tour to American Airlines Center on Thursday night. We caught up with him recently for a brief phone interview as he prepared for a Chicago performance.

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