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Uploaded on May 8, 2009

* The Guardian, Monday 17 November 2008
Being funny is always a tough way of earning a living. But being funny and cruel at the same time seems to be at the easier end of the spectrum. Being funny and nice - now that's really hard. Yet it is the combination that Eddie Izzard has managed to make his own over the last decade. "Gentle cutting-edge, kind of like a velvet razor," says Robin Williams - no slouch with the stiletto in the comfy cushion himself - of Mr Izzard's art. But how has the drags-to-riches British performer done this? By constant practice, he tells interviewers: "Gig after gig after gig after gig." That's why, even after a long and successful tour of the US earlier this year with his latest show, Stripped, Mr Izzard has been out there once again in southern England over the past week, practising and refining his show still further for audiences from Frome to Bexhill-on-Sea, as he prepares to open this week in London's West End for a run that will last until just before Christmas. The Stripped run at the Lyric theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue is a sellout, but that is not a word you could ever use about Mr Izzard. Plenty of comics do benefits for Aids charities or for civil liberties. Mr Izzard, though, is pretty much alone in doing them for the pro-European Union cause - he has even threatened to stand for election on the issue. If Eddie Izzard was not funny, it would not matter much that he cares about such things. But the combination is part of his attraction. It has made him a national treasure - the David Attenborough of stand-up comedy.

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