It's not just the surreal ramblings, or the crazy juxtapositions (the raptor caught speeding by the police, the chicken with the trumpet on its head, the cow struggling not to throw up while chewing on food retrieved from its fourth stomach) or the musing on the process that sometimes leads down blind alleys which only a mimed burst of a bazooka can explode, it's the whole glorious combination. I've already, while reading press cuts, felt a peculiar stab of disappointment on discovering that he likes big-breasted women. In the dressing room (all done up with Moroccan lanterns and embroidered cushions to look like some Aladdin's cave) Izzard is being genial and offering drinks. "Billy Connolly talked about wanting to be windswept and interesting.
Most men who had just wowed a crowd of 13,000 might want to relax with their nearest and dearest, or at least their coterie, but Izzard is making small talk with a bunch of strangers. So is he, I ask, eyeing the bowl of muesli and yoghurt, as disciplined in every area of his life? If you see someone like some kid at school, who used to do this, or experiment with whatever substance, or were into punk, I thought that was interesting, and I didn't really want to break all the rules.
Izzard has cited his main comedy role model as Monty Python, and John Cleese once referred to him as the "Lost Python".
He has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his comedy special Dress to Kill, in 2000.
'I worked my arse off, but I was living in Montmartre, rehearsing in the Jardins des Tuileries, living the Parisian life.
I had my passe Navigo [Paris’s version of our Oyster card] and I can make jokes about Le Marais,’ he tells me.
Her new single, Mama Can You See Me Now, has been remixed by dance wizard William Orbit.
He then moved his act into the stand-up comedy venues of Britain.It's hard to get anyone to say a word against Eddie Izzard. And so, clearly, do the 13,000-odd fans who have poured in to Birmingham's National Indoor Arena to see him on a rainy Tuesday night. The man he has hired to give massages to his staff and crew love him.But who is Sarah Mc Guinness and why has a buzz been growing around the virtually unknown singer for the past few weeks?Earlier in the day I had discovered her remarkable story and pieced together her true identity. She is listed as a composer mainly known for soundtracking Eddie Izzard's hugely successful videos over the past 14 years. Pictures abound of her looking raven-haired and sultry.