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Profile: Eddie Izzard

Saturday, 23rd Jan 2016  

When it comes to popular and acclaimed stand-up comedy, it doesn’t get any better than Eddie Izzard, a comic whose reputation is international and whose career has spanned decades. He has influenced a wealth of other comedians and has picked up countless awards, but best yet he is also heading to the Palace Theatre in the West End this month, bringing his world tour of Force Majeure to the capital.

With that in mind perhaps now is a good time to take a brief look at the career of a comedy icon. That way if you are still unsure if you’re going to pick up theatre tickets ahead of the show’s 18th January start-date, you might have a better idea.

The English comic was born in the then-Colony of Aden (now a part of Southern Yemen) back in 1962 and moved around a lot as a child. It was during these early years that acting first entered his mind and this desire for performance was only strengthened by the time he reached university and began comedy. As such he left the University of Sheffield and found himself busking in London and beyond, before becoming a stand-up by the late 1980s. It was this eventual move to comedy that would change the comedy scene for good.

Since then he has performed on stages worldwide and his stand-up routines have been played on television screens along the way, ensuring that audiences live in the theatre and at home have enjoyed his work and his routines have also become iconic in their own rights.

Some of them have been immortalised on video and DVD over the years, including previous appearances in the West End that include Live At The Ambassador’s from 1993 and Definite Article in 1996 (recorded at the Shaftesbury Theatre), as well as other shows like Dress To Kill, Stripped and, more recently, Live At Madison Square Garden. Some of these performances have also been performed overseas in French.

But his career has also included plenty of acting, on occasions bringing him back to the West End in the likes of A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at the Comedy Theatre (currently called the Harold Pinter Theatre). But many will know him for his film appearances, which include Ocean’s 12 and 13, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Mystery Men and Cars 2, amongst many others.

Add to this his marathon running and political views and you have the career of an iconic comedian whose reputation continues to earn him big crowds wherever he goes. This will undoubtedly happen again when he brings Force Majeure to the Palace Theatre, revamped for 2016 following its previous international appearances.

It opens at the venue on Monday 18th January 2016.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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