And it is these flashes of societal observation that everyone from Paris to Moscow to Kathmandu can grab a hold of and laugh at, he says. Izzard is now well acquainted with the blank-faced awe his achievements are met with. What is the most common response when he tells people about his tour? Will this help to disrupt stereotypes of national humour? As a teenager he remembers being frustrated that nobody listened to him speak at the family dinner table: These gigs were intense. German was attractive because it felt mathematical. Izzard struggles to respond directly to questions – arriving at answers via a stream of references and stories that dip into the surreal, reach back through history, touch on the personal and, very often, the political.

Does his attitude to languages embody some of his political intuitions? That evening at La Nouvelle Eve, an old cabaret venue in Pigalle, Paris Belhousse warms up the mostly French crowd in English to honour the spirit of evening. His current endeavour is also a testimony to admirable stamina, albeit in a different setting. Izzard has passed on this philosophy to French stand-up Yacine Belhousse who he has taken under his wing and encouraged to tour the UK in English. But what about when you add humour into the equation — is it too idealistic to think it can be transformative? If doing a stand-up gig feels synonymous with volunteering for public humiliation, then the prospect of doing it in another language is a step further into the incomprehensible. On this point he is pretty stubborn:

Izzard has made no secret of his political aspirations and his plans to run for London mayor. German was attractive because it felt mathematical. This included the all important mark of linguistic distinction — the ability to swear like a native speaker. When I meet Izzard he is in Paris to perform the French date of his international Force Majeure tour, now in its second year. Breakthrough moments in improvisation were more elusive.

And this truck load is increasingly being exported. For the Spanish gigs in Madrid, flrce had to very gradually increase the Spanish segment: He is staunchly pro-Europe over the table he waggles his painted nails at me, one finger with the European flag, another with the union jack. The idea that Germans have no wnglish of forcs has been drummed into the British since the Second World War, according to Izzard.

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For Izzard, humour is universal. The projects he throws himself into are impressive to the point of bordering on excessive. The process of developing material for another tongue forced him to dismantle and analyse the mechanics of his act: Does his prophecy also have a political dimension?

He was incorporating French into his sets as far back asalthough in he set out to create new material entirely in enflish language. The process of assembling the German set was, in contrast to the French, very methodical. Loading comments… Trouble loading? It helped edie recognise that language learning is, in part, instinctual and that mistakes were inevitable: Topics Languages The case for language learning.

This, subtitlds reflects, may have something to do with being dyslexic. In French, his greater fluency gave him a longer leash, but he would still occasionally get half way through a comment and run out of words.

That evening at La Nouvelle Eve, an old cabaret venue in Pigalle, Paris Belhousse warms up the mostly French crowd in English to honour the spirit of evening. Izzard has come along way from slogging through Flaubert to delivering comedy sets and even corce in French.

Izzard has passed on this philosophy to French stand-up Yacine Belhousse who he has taken under his wing and encouraged to tour the UK in English. Izzard talks about the shattering of these linguistic barriers in almost revolutionary terms. But does the eddid of another language into his act not interfere with the precarious alignment of rhythm, timing, and cultural references?

From there he learned it by rote, line by line, three pages a day, asking his brother for prompts when he forgot a line. Does his attitude to languages embody some of his political intuitions? On paper Izzard seems like some sort of ubermensch.

In this routine a group of people reason that if the crops are going badly, they should probably kill someone — in this case someone called Steve.

Subtitlfs sentences crescendo, fizzle out, and pick up again in a completely different place. He has plans to move into politics and possibly run for mayor of London.

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He briefly set fire to both his tent and himself. These gigs were intense. As a teenager he remembers being frustrated that nobody listened to him speak at the family dinner table: Eddie Izzard Comedy interviews. Is it overly sentimental then, or perhaps just arrogant, to insist there is something unique englsih British humour?

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Next on his list is Russian and Arabic.

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Izzard struggles to respond directly to questions – arriving at answers via a stream of references and stories that dip into the surreal, reach back through history, touch on the personal and, very often, the political.

Is comedy the currency of social empathy? For Izzard, shared humour is a fast track way of connecting with other people: After that came two years of studying German. He agrees sentence structures can alter the rhythm and impact of the delivery. There was, however, still pressure to fine-tune the set.

If you want to change Europe, get inside it. German comedian Henning Wehn, most well known for his regular appearance on 8 out of 10 Cats, is a case in point.

Eddie is at his most animated when talking about what he sees as the subtltles of a new era of comedic osmosis; he is jumpy with enthusiasm and keeps reaching for his phone to show me videos of the European comics moving into the UK scene. He also rehearses everywhere. Order by newest oldest recommendations. If doing a stand-up gig feels synonymous with volunteering for public humiliation, then the prospect of doing it in another language is a step further into the incomprehensible.

Although there are some who may be beyond reach.

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On this point he is pretty stubborn: But he always answers thoughtfully. Show 25 25 50 All.

By the end of school it was this intimidation with literature that made him drop languages: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. What is the most common response when he tells people about his tour?

On top of a successful stand up career and numerous ventures into acting, in he ran 43 marathons in 52 days for Sports Relief.