Back in December of 2012, comedian Eddie Izzard spent time in Los Angeles working on a new show. He tried out some material at the tiny Trepany House in Los Feliz, gauging the reaction of the intimate audience and jotting down notes as he performed.
Izzard told Take Two at the time that he got most of his best ideas while on stage, often while interacting with people.
Later this summer, the result of that work — a new show called "Force Majeur" — comes to a much bigger LA venue: the Hollywood Bowl.
Izzard returned to Take Two to talk about his creative process, his political career, the new show, and what it's like to perform in a larger venue like the Hollywood Bowl, where there are people seated up in the bleachers, so far from the stage. In short, Izzard says it's the "same gig."
On "Force Majeur"
It really came out of America, this show; even though that doesn't essentially matter in the sense that, the cool and groovy people that I play to who have been students, could have been students, would be students, they're switched on because my stuff is intelligent but very silly and very Python-esque.
But when I played Moscow, the show I will play at the Hollywood Bowl is the same show I played in Moscow, in English, to the kids there...and they all got it. The kids in St. Petersburg got it. The kids in Istanbul got it. The kids in Cape Town got it...
So this is the beautiful thing. My report back from the front is that everyone gets it. We're all the same. We have fought wars and murdered each other throughout centuries and millennia, but we're all the same. Especially the cool and groovy people. They are exactly the same. There are billions of us.
On whether humor plays a part in his political career
[Humor] is part of me, I have those muscles. But humor is an attack weapon, and for politics, you need to be an analyst. You need to be able to build new systems, come up with systems that work better than the ones that worked before, and you need to be able to communicate that.
Humor is a sort of back-up thing that is used to attack the other side or to bring down ideas that you think are silly. But it's not a front weapon. It's not a front, useful thing.
Comedy punches things. You can't build with comedy; you sort of dismantle with comedy.
On his wardrobe choices
I don't think I'd call it cross-dressing anymore. I'm just wearing clothes. I'm wearing whatever clothes I want to.
If women are cross dressing when they put trousers on, okay. If all women are cross-dressers, fine. If they're not, then I'm not. I'm just wearing clothes, and everyone should just calm down.
I have girl mode, I have boy mode. It's got nothing to do with my ability to communicate. Can I come up with new systems? Can I think outside the box?
We are obsessed about sex and sexuality, and we need to get boring with this thing.