“We, the appendixes, demand to be removed from our bloody useless place in the human body, and be put…in the back of books.”
Comedian Eddie Izzard sold out two shows in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 (put on by Concert Board). Izzard has been doing stand-up and acting (both on screen and on stage) since 1982, and doesn’t show signs of slowing down.
After his performance on Friday, Izzard spoke briefly with The Northern Light while he signed autographs for dedicated fans who remained in the Wendy Williamson lobby long after the show ended in hopes of seeing their favorite comedian.
TNL: Have you ever been to Alaska before?
Izzard: No, I’ve never been to Alaska before.
TNL: How are you finding the reception up here?
Izzard: Very good! Very sharp audiences, so that was great. So, yeah, I like it.
TNL: What’ve you done so far that you’ve enjoyed?
Izzard: Just being to Alaska, really. It was great being to the mountains, and we went to some place that’s a ski resort…Seven Glaciers, that’s right. It’s been great, and the weather is brilliant, heard it’s brilliant all year round, so that’s fun…well, no, not great all year round.
TNL: So, where haven’t you done a gig that you’re interested in doing one at someday?
Izzard: Mmm, loads of places. Yeah, I mean, um, basically I’m interested in doing a gig almost anywhere…but for those who don’t speak the English language, not so much; you know, where the English language wouldn’t work. But now the Russians are speaking it; we’ve only just discovered this in the last week…I played there and it was Twittered out, and obviously they’re acting just like you would act here, which is crazy.
TNL: And where do you think your favorite place you have been is?
Izzard: Favorite place? Umm, I don’t really have a favorite place. Earth. Earth is my favorite place I’ve played.
TNL: What was it that got you on your way to comedy?
Izzard: Oh, desperation to get somewhere. I love to do crazy stuff, but I wanted just to act in the first place. And that led to doing comedy. But, yeah, I just really wanted to act.
TNL: Are there any projects in the works that you’re excited about? That you’re able to talk about?
Izzard: “Treasure Island” is coming out on the fifth of May on Syfy, so that’ll be good fun. And then this “Mocking Bird Lane” pilot, so that’ll be interesting.
TNL: Well, thank you so much for your time, sir; I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Alaska.
Izzard: Yes, and thank you as well.