Eddie Izzard has certainly named his upcoming stint in the comedic limelight, 2013 tour ‘Force Majeure’, appropriately. Undeniably a multi-talented force to be reckoned with, the 50-year-old performer and fundraiser has packed a remarkably varied career into his half-century. Comedy treasure with a vast international fan-base, self-named ‘professional’ transvestite, Hollywood movie star, political activist, and, more recently, multiple marathon runner, Izzard is anything but conventional. Which is reason enough in itself for fans to waste no time in making plans to see his new material – it’s guaranteed to be chock-full of the unexpected.
His most ambitious tour ever, ‘Force Majeure’ will see Izzard cropping up in 25 countries, in cities as diverse as Malmo and Mumbai. For UK fans, the fun starts in May 2013 – the show makes its British debut in Aberdeen on 3rd, moving through Scotland and England to land up in London’s O2 arena on 8th June.
Having more than proved his superhuman stamina during his 43 consecutive marathons for Sport Relief in 2009, there’s no doubt that he’s up to the challenge of bringing his tour to what seems like most of the world. For early-bird fans, Eddie Izzard tickets mean the promise of an evening of boundless energy and Python-esque entertainment from the performer who refuses to do things by halves.
Exotic by nature, Eddie Izzard was born in Yemen in 1962, and, after moving to Britain with his family to attend various boarding schools, found his way into comedy while studying at Sheffield University. During the 90s, he built up a glittering career in comedy, TV and film, helped along by collaborations with Fry and Laurie, Robin Williams and Monty Python, whose John Cleese once admiringly referred to Izzard as the ‘lost Python’.
Izzard, who describes himself as ‘a complete boy plus half girl’, began incorporating his transvestism into his comedy act in his Edinburgh shows, and it has helped define his unique comedy ever since. Other quirky features of his stand-up include a dynamic stream-of-consciousness style and, even more unusually, the comic manipulation of Wikipedia posts.
In 2009 Izzard decided that, with minimal training, he would embark on running 43 marathons in 51 days to raise money for Sport Relief. Pulling through the gruelling challenge with his characteristic combination of grit and wit, he earned himself a well-deserved place in the hierarchy of British athletic achievers.
Taking the world by storm with ‘Force Majeure’ next year, it seems that, for now, Eddie Izzard has turned his attention back to his first love, comedy – and you won’t hear his fans complaining.
Feel the Force
With his eclectic and ever-unpredictable schedule of activities, catching him in the act in 2013 is essential for fans of Eddie Izzard’s inimitable brand of laughs. To browse availability and buy tickets for ‘Force Majeure’, visit StubHub UK, part of the world’s biggest fan-to-fan ticket marketplace. The site’s patented FanProtect Guarantee means users can rest assured that all their purchases are safe.