Stand up and be counted

Rob Gar­ratt

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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.

John Feder / Newspix

Eddie Iz­zard, who will per­form in Dubai to­mor­row night, is pas­sion­ate about pol­i­tics.

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