Eddie Izzard - Career

After that, in the 80's Eddie Izzard took his act into the streets where he performed for several years in Europe and across the United States. In 1987 the british comedian Eddie Izzard returned to Britain where he made his debut at The Comedy Store.

Eddie Izzard refined the comedy material throughout the '80s and in the early '90s, the comedian Eddie Izzard finally began to earn some measure of recognition. In this period Eddie Izzard didn' t perform in women's clothing.

In 1991, Eddie Izzard won a Perrier Award nomination at the Edinburgh Festival and a Time Out Award.

First Comedy Special

In 1993, Eddie Izzard Live at Ambassadors stand up comedy show brought the comedian the British Comedy Award for Top Live Stand up Comedian. Eddie Izzard's video Live at Ambassadors was released in December 1993 and it's known that this show will "never be released on DVD" as Eddie Izzard pointed out, because the british transvestite comedian thinks that was a low performance and that he didn't like his look.

In 1994, Eddie Izzard made his debut in the theatrical world as the lead in the world premiere of David Mamet's The Cryptogram, produced at London's Comedy Theatre. Being a success in that role led to another appearance on stage in David Beaird's black comedy "900 Oneonta".

After the success of Eddie Izzard's "Live at Ambassadors" he returned from the 1993 UK tour and on January 31st, 1994, Eddie Izzard performed Unrepeatable, the comedins's second stand up comedy show. Eddie Izzard's Unrepeatable stand up comedy show was taped during a 7-week run of this show. During the 7-week run of Eddie Izzard's Unrepeatable there were sold 34,000 tickets.

In the spring of 1995, Eddie Izzard took the road again having a 56-date sell-out tour of Unrepeatable stand up comedy show, throughout the UK and Eire. Eddie Izzard's Unrepeatable video was released during this tour.

After that, in May 1995, Eddie Izzard played Edward II at the Leicester Haymarket for a limited run, a role that brings him different critics, cause the The Guardian said "Great" and The Observer said "Die".

Eddie Izzard's 3rd stand up comedy show Definite Article and had the opening in October 1995 at London's Shaftesbury Theatre.

In 1996 started a 4-month World tour with Eddie Izzard's Definite Article, from September in De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea and then shows in Paris (in French) Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm ending with a successful stunt in New York City.

Eddie Izzzard's Definite Article video was released in 1996, being recorded on several nights at Shaftesbury Theatre in London, England. With Definite Article, Eddie Izzard won again the British Comedy Award for "Top Stand up Comedian" in 1996 and a New York Drama Desk Award Nomination for "Best Solo Artist".

On 4th of April 1997, special one-hour version of Eddie Izzard's stand up comedy show Unrepeatable was transmitted on Channel 4. The broadcast of Eddie Izzard's video Unrepeatable marked the british comedian's first major foray into television and the stand up comedy show was a great success. It was known by then, that Eddie Izzard avoided performing live on television and that was like a trademark for the british transvestite comedian.

In September 1997, Eddie Izzard's Glorious stand up comedy show had the opening, followed by a tour including a month at New York's PS122 and stand up comedy shows in Paris and a mini-tour of London. Eddie Izzard's Glorious video was recorded in 1997 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Eddie Izzard's Glorious DVD/ CD/ video was released the same year: 1997.

Breakthrough into the USA

In 1998, Eddie Izzard's Dressed To Kill stand up comedy show had the opening and was Eddie Izzard's breakthrough in the USA and Canada. Eddie Izzard took his 5th stand up comedy show Dressed To Kill to the Aspen Comedy Festival where he won the Jury Award for "Best One-man Show" and also to the Westbeth Theatre Center in New York and to Toronto. Eddie Izzard performed in New York from May to July with all tickets sold out.

Eddie Izzard' Dressed To Kill was performed again in USA in September the same year 1998 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, being promoted by Robin Williams and having in his audience celelbrities like Madonna, George Harrison or Steve Martin.

During Eddie Izzard's Dressed To Kill tour, the british comedian wrote with David Quantick the book, Dress To Kill, which includes photographs by Steve Double. Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill book was published in hardback in 1998 and in paperback in 2000, by Virgin Books.

In 1998 Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill video was recorded during a performance in San Francisco, California, in the United States. Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill DVD was released one year later, on June 13, 1999.

Eddie Izzard's stand up comedy show Dress To Kill was broadcasted by HBO in 1999, appearance that brought in 2000 the british comedian Eddie Izzard two Emmy Awards for writing and performance.

In 1999 Eddie Izzard portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in Julian Barry's 1971 play "Lenny".

In 1999 Eddie Izzard's Circle, the comedian's 6th stand up comedy show had the opening, starting a tour that included UK, Scotland, Ireland and 13 performances in French in Paris.

In 2000 Eddie Izzard's Circle took the road to USA and Canada. Also Circle marked Eddie Izzard's stand up comedy debut in Australia and New Zealand.

Eddie Izzard's Circle video was recorded at the Town Hall, New York. Eddie Izzard's DVD with the same name was released on November 18, 2002. Eddie Izzard's Circle video includes the comedian's performance in a French version with English subtitles.

In 2003 was the opening of Eddie Izzard's Sexie comedy special, stand up comedy show that was the first ever arena tour by a stand up comedian. Eddie Izzard's Sexie tour covered USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. In November 2003, a month before the Sexie tour ending, there was released Eddie Izzard's DVD with the same name.

Eddie Izzard's Sexie video was taped at the start of the tour, in the town where Eddie Izzard's grandfather and father were born and where he went to school: Eastbourne, England. In 2003 the british comedian Eddie Izzard made his debut on Broadway in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" with The Roundabout Theatre Company.

Starring in Movies

Eddie Izzard also stared in different successful films such as "Mystery Men", "All the Queen's Men", comedy movie "My Super Ex-Girlfriend", "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen". The comedian's voice-acting performance include the Narnian mouse knight Reepicheep in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", and the voice of "It", a mythical fairy, in the film "Five Children and It".

Comedian Eddie Izzard also attended numerous TV Shows over his career until now such as "The Tonight Show" hosted by fellow comedian Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Cuts and The Daily Show.

Co-written shows by Eddie Izzard

In January 2006 FOX network television announced the production of a drama series co-written by Eddie Izzard, series called "The Riches". In the show Eddie Izzard's character Wayne Malloy, together with his wife Dahlia Malloy played by British actress Minnie Driver, find another family killed in a car accident and decide to assume their identities and start a new life suburbanites in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Their son showed a preference for wearing girls clothing, fact that lead to some speculations that the role was based upon Eddie Izzard's experiences. The comedian stated in several interviews that he had nothing to do with the character's transvestite tendencies considering the fact that they existed before he was cast as Wayne Malloy, and that he only contributed his perspective to keep the character believable.

In 2008 was the opening of Eddie izzard's tour for comedian's new stand up comedy show Stripped. With a huge success, Eddie Izzard's Stripped stand up comedy show conquered the world wide, being one of the greatest stand up comedy shows ever.

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