Stand up and be counted
Eddie Izzard, who performs in Dubai tomorrow, is one of the UK’s best-loved comics – but when it comes to politics he is deadly serious, writes while a student. After a few gruelling years as a street performer, he found fame in the early 1990s, beginning a ceaseless run of ever-bigger blockbuster tours, as well as acting roles on stage and in films including Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Velvet Goldmine.
Over the years, he has often spoken about the huge emotional effect of the death of his mother when he was six. Some have suggested his workaholic tendencies – a desire to be seen onstage and on camera – stem from a need for attention. “Yes, Mum died when I was a kid and so the audience was a substitute for her, but for it to be a good substitute you’ve got to do good work,” he says.
“I’ve had a very ... I’ve made it quite a hard life for myself. I could have been an accountant, [after] doing accounting and financial management at university. In the end I decided to do this and go for my dreams.
“So, y’know, I want a world where all seven billion people get a fair chance, and it’s got to be this century – maybe halfway through this century – otherwise we’re not going to make it as human beings. I don’t think we’re still going to be on the planet.”
Eddie Izzard is at Dubai World Trade Centre tomorrow. Tickets are sold out.
Eddie Izzard, who will perform in Dubai tomorrow night, is passionate about politics.