Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

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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.

Title : Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens
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ISBN : 1611764696
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 15 pages


Melki rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 08, 2018

Yeah, I know it says memoir right there in the title, but I somehow thought this was going to be a bunch of rants and clever observations . . . much like Izzard's comedy act. Never did I dream that it was going to be an actual memoir, and never did I dream that it would plod along chronologically...

Antigone rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2017

At the tail end of filming a documentary on his career, Mr. Izzard's director observed with interest that, for all his verbal dexterity, he never really "said" anything. This insight caught his attention. As the cameras began to roll again, up bubbled the hidden suspicion that his drive to succee...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

May 12, 2017

I didn't know much about Eddie Izzard prior to reading this, other than seeing a couple of his stand- up specials & some interviews about the marathons for charity. He's a very funny guy in his shows, but he obviously takes writing his memoir very seriously. This should definitely be shelved...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2017

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley Back when BBC America show actually British shows instead of movies and Star Trek, I saw my first Eddie Izzard show. He made me laugh so hard. To call this book a straight forward autobiography or memoir is slightly incorrect. While the progression in the work is som...

Faith rated it ★★★☆☆

May 16, 2017

I'm not a big fan of memoirs or autobiographies. For the most part, I don't really care about anyone else's childhood memories, but this book is a memoir by one of my favorite comedians, so I had hopes for it. Unfortunately I didn't love it. Mr. Izzard has had a really interesting life and I admi...

Krista rated it ★★★☆☆

May 02, 2017

This is where I exist in society. I am just this guy. I am transgender, and I exist. But I also do comedy, and I do drama, and I run marathons for charity, and I'm an activist in politics. These are the things I do. How you self-identify with your sexuality matters not one wit. What you do in li...

SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted* rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 17, 2017

More then likely my fault,but I went into this book with so many expectations and I am afraid they weren't met. I found this book without direction,rambling,slow-moving and I am sorry to say, boring. Wouldn't recommend.

Bill rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 16, 2017

I've been fortunate enough to meet the wonderful Eddie Izzard a couple of times. The first occasion was at a stand up gig in his very early days. He was so unknown that only three people (including myself!) stayed behind to meet him afterwards. I only went to see him when a friend of mine said "Do...

Amy "the book-bat" rated it ★★★★☆

July 02, 2017

I enjoy Eddie Izzard's stand-up comedy and was interested to learn more about him and his art. Listening to this memoir as an audio being read by the author is an interesting journey. He adds a lot of "footnotes" that have a tendency to take him offtrack. A few times I thought a better title for...

Alex in Spades rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

I loved Eddie since my older brother showed me one of his stand-up sketches on youtube, and from that moment I wanted to know more about this awesome human being. I love his comedy, his crazy/abstract sense of humor is totally up my alley, I also this that he's amazing for his charity work, and j...

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