Believe Me - Eddie Izzard

Believe Me

By Eddie Izzard

  • Release Date: 2017-06-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Description

Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows which have won over audiences around the world.

Over the course of a thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proved himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, he lost his mother at the age of six—a devastating event that affected the rest of his life. In his teens, he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a comedy double act. When his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man escape act, and thus a solo career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy— lines such as “Cake or Death?” “Death Star Canteen,” and “Do You Have a Flag?” have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed “action transvestite,” Izzard broke a mold performing in makeup and heels, and has become as famous for his “total clothing” rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from the streets of London to West End theaters, to Wembley Arena, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Izzard is arguably one of today’s top comedians. At the time of publication, he is still performing his Force Majeure show—so far in more than forty countries worldwide and in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to historical politics, sexual politics, mad ancient kings, and chickens with guns, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard’s Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far. 

Reviews

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    By Pru in Virginia
    Eddie Izzard's stand-up is brilliant and absurd and witty; a delight of masterful timing and just the right word in the right place - but for all the delicious brio and graceful prowling on high heels, his comedy always betrays the truth: He's a very nice man. No one gets hurt in his comedy. No one gets stung, and you leave happier than when you arrive. You can say the same for the book - he never tells a mean story, and he certainly doesn't "dish" on celebrities. Yes, there are times when his autobiography feels like he's holding the reader at arm's length (a trait he admits to early on in the book), but the fascinating progression of a life grounded in bedrock determination more than makes up for it. Just as in his comedy, his trans life is only one part of his story - a fascinating one, but just one aspect of a very rich persona. Very often in the book, he slips into the on-stage character and you can hear him as if telling a story in his stand-up - which is such a bonus; who needs books on tape when you can hear him so clearly in his writing? - but at other times you meet a different human, and are allowed a more intimate glimpse... and THAT guy is pretty great, too! I very much enjoyed this book, and recommend it highly.