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Eddie Izzard: Executive Transvestite

Updated on August 19, 2009

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard is is an English stand up comedian and actor. His comedic style is more of a rambling, surreal monologue, and self- referential pantomime. Izzard tours and performs stand up comedy routines in front of large audiences.

As an exectuive transvestite, Izzard cross- dresses both on an off stage. He expresses in many of his stand up routines that cross- dressing, to him, is not a sexual thing, more of a liking to wearing makeup and and traditionally Western women's wear.

Izzard's comedic style tends to be influenced by "Monty Python;" his routines are non- scripted, and he often interrupts his own thoughts and ramblings for more jokes. Thinking out loud, is a part of what makes Eddie Izzard so funny. He tends to talk about the more sensitive issues such as religion, but he doesn't go into the topics with a mean- spirited objective. Izzard, also, focuses a little on contemporary pop culture and his own cross- dressing lifestyle.

Izzard often includes references to jam, sponge, banjos, bananas, badgers, squirrels, and monkeys with guns, into his comedy routines. He will also use the names Jeff, Kev, Kenny, and Steve, a good bit throughout the shows.

Eddie Izzard Quotes

Here are a few quotes from a few of the various Eddie Izzard stand up movies.

Dress to Kill

When I was a kid in school, the career advisor came to see us and said, "Look, I advise you to get a career, what can I say?" And he took me aside and he said, "What d'ya wanna do, kid? What do you wanna do with your life? Tell me your dreams!" So I said, "I wanna be an astronaut! And go into outer space and discover things that no one's ever discovered before!" He said, "Look, you're British, so scale it down a bit." "All right, then I wanna work in a shoestore! And discover shoes that no-one's ever discovered! Right at the back of the shop on the left ..." He said, "Look, you're British, so scale it down a bit!" "All right, then I wanna work in a sewer. And discover sewage that no-one's ever discovered before. I'll pile it on my head, then come to the surface and sell myself to an art gallery." He said, "What the fuck have you been smoking, eh? You certainly haven't been smoking in a bar in California!" [to audience] Because you can't! Yes ... no smoking in bars, and soon no drinking and no talking!"

Dress to Kill 1999

We stole countries with the cunning use of flags. Just sail around the world and stick a flag in. "I claim India for Britain!" And they're going, "You can't claim us, we live here! There's five hundred million of us!" - "Do you have a flag?" - "We don't need a bloody flag, this is our country, you bastard!" - "No flag, no country! You can't have one! That's the rules, that... I've just made up."

Definite Article

"If you've never seen an Elephant ski, then you've never been on acid."

"What? ... The Carthaginians are attacking? God, I knew they'd do that. What? ... They are attacking over the Alps? Damn, I knew they'd do that. What? ... They're coming on Elephants? ... Where'd they get the Elephants? There aren't any Elephants in Europe. This I got to see ... are you sure? ... It's not just a typo mistake? Perhaps the Carthaginians are attacking over the alps and they are in their element? Kind of upbeat, you know. They're coming on fucking elephants, huh."


"Make-up's just crazy anyway. Native Americans used to wear it, and it did all right for them... until uhh... well, until you killed them all."

Cats have a scam going - you buy the food, they eat the food, they go away; that's the deal.

Eddie Izzard-weirdo or executive transvestite??

Eddie Izzard Comedian

Eddie Izzard's success as a comedian has won him several awards, to date. He has appeared at the British Comedy Awards twice, so far in his career; his first appearance was in 1993 for "Live at the Ambassadors," and he was called back in again 1996 for "Definite Article."

Izzard did not debut in the United States unl 1999 when "Dress to Kill" was shown on HBO television. Then in 2000, Izzard won two Emmies for both his performance and writing.

Eddie Izzard has proved himself as a wonderful comedian all over the board, traveling throughout Europe and the United States to perform his humorous stand up comedy.

You'll rarely see Izzard performing live on television because he says that television performances use up too much stage material that he can otherwise re-use in front of different audiences for months. So, if you can grab some tickets to his next live show, I'd definitely recommend that, otherwise you'll be waiting a long time to see him perform on tv like Christ Rock and other American comedians.

Although, you won't see perform live on tv, you can find Eddie Izzard on the FX original series "The Riches."

Eddie Izzard Transvestite

Eddie Izzard: Army


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      Citrus000 8 years ago

      I just finished watching Live in Wimbley, very funny. I was really happy to come across your hub. Thanks! :-)

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      jenblacksheep 8 years ago from England

      i LOVE Eddie Izzard. He's touring in UK at the end of the year and I'm gna make sure I get tickets. I think his best quote about being a transvestite is when he talks about joining the army: 'running, jumping, climbing trees, putting on make up while you're there!'

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      Black 8 years ago

      Does anyone know if in later years he'll be returning to being a transvestite on stage? (that's makes no sense, but you get the idea)? I really missed his usual clothes and heels in Stripped. It's weird seeing him in normal shoes! =)

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      Rapidwriter 9 years ago from UK

      Eddi Izzard comes from Bexhill-on-Sea where I spend half my week, writing as I look out at the sea from my second floor flat. Currently, the most famous Bexhillian. He is extremely intelligent and interesting. Your hub has added to my knowledge of him.