Posts tagged as eddie izzard

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.


Talking to Trevor Noah About Race, South African Comedy, and Going with the Flow

South African comedian Trevor Noah's life story doesn't immediately scream comedy. His standup explores his complicated relationship with racial identity, having grown up mixed race in apartheid-era South Africa, where neither his black mother nor white father were allowed to acknowledge their relationship with him in public.

He was a major hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer, and now his first American solo show, Born a Crime, has just extended its run in New York through the end of June. It's not his first time in the States — he appeared on The Tonight Show last year, and toured the country with Gabriel Iglesias. I recently sat down with him in New York to [...]

Eddie Izzard Is Your New Grandpa Munster

Eddie Izzard has been cast as Grandpa in Mockingbird Lane, the upcoming NBC remake of The Munsters. An interesting choice! Izzard has an edge that Al Lewis' warm performance never gave the role. Still, I can see Izzard making a fun invention-happy Grandpa, can't you? And maybe casting a standup comic will lend the "visually spectacular one hour drama" the comedic bent for which it so clearly hungers. Fingers crossed for the announcements of Bill Hader as Herman and Natasha Leggero as Lily.

NBC Signs Eddie Izzard to a Talent Holding Deal, Hoping to Develop a New Show Around Him

Comedian Eddie Izzard has signed a one-year talent holding deal with Eddie Izzard, Variety reports. The network will develop potential projects around Izzard or cast him in previously-existing pilots, with Izzard set to receive an executive producer credit on a series if he is cast as the lead. Izzard recently guest starred on two episodes of the NBC drama Hannibal, and he's set to appear in the show's upcoming second season. With NBC's new comedies Sean Saves the World and Michael J. Fox Show struggling in the ratings, there's plenty of room for a new sitcom starring Eddie Izzard on the schedule next season.

The Pre-Show Rituals of Comedians Just Before They Go On Stage

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Performing on stage can be a daunting experience for even the most accomplished standup. While stage fright is something one gets better at facing with experience, there’s still a lot to be nervous about as something can always go wrong. While some comedians scoff at the idea of a pre-show ritual altogether, others swear by their routines.

Take Louis C.K., arguably the top standup in the country right now. When asked what he does before a show via Reddit earlier this year, C.K. brushed the question off with [...]

Secret Policeman's Ball Adds Eddie Izzard, Chris O'Dowd, Taran Killam & More

Not content to be hoarding only 80% of the world's comedians, the Secret Policeman's Ball has added Eddie Izzard, Chris O'Dowd, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Jay Pharoah, Liam Neeson, Matt Berry, Jimmy Carr, Tim Roth and Burmese comedian Maung Thura Zarganar to the lineup. Phew. Boy, if this event were any more star-studded it would be the clear, deepening night sky viewed from the middle of a lonely country field, amirite?

Eddie Izzard Says He'll Run For Mayor of London in 2020

British superstar comic Eddie Izzard said today that intends to run for mayor of London in 2020. At the annual party conference for the Labour Party in the UK, Izzard said that he hopes to be the party's candidate in eight years. "Eddie is a man of enormous substance, generosity and conviction," said MP Tessa Jowell, who is expected to run for the job in 2016. "His decision to do this is a vote of confidence in Labour." The position of Mayor of London was only established in 2000, and is currently held by former journalist Boris Johnson, who is himself a colorful figure in British pop culture.

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'Believe' and the Rough Journey of Eddie Izzard

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story is a title that doesn’t fully click until the end of the film. The name comes from a mantra of Izzard’s, that you must believing you can do something before you can do it. The title, and the documentary, [...]

Eddie Izzard Is Tougher Than You

Eddie Izzard isn't only hilarious, but he's also a badass: he's currently planning an 1,000-mile barefoot run through Africa. It's all for charity, too! And here I was feeling like a do-gooder for always giving my McDonalds change to the Ronald McDonald house.