“Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens” By Eddie Izzard 

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
By: Eddie Izzard
Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Release date: 06-13-17
Publisher: Penguin Audio

If you have ever seen the standup comedy of Eddie Izzard you know that his humor is rambling, sometimes nonsensical, monologues. His autobiography is no different. In fact if you listen to the audiobook you’ll be treated to endless footnotes that tend to ramble off subject giving the listener even more insights to the life of Eddie Izzard than would someone just reading the book because Eddie reads the audiobook and gets sidetracked. Find out how his humor developed, how he managed to get into standup and acting and then how that lead to him becoming a political activist, and be sidetracked throughout.

Publisher’s Summary
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 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a 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 “executive transvestite”, Izzard broke the mold performing in full makeup and heels and has become as famous for his advocacy for LGBT rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from street busking to London’s West End to Wembley Stadium and New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Still performing more than 100 shows a year – thus far in a record-breaking 28 countries worldwide – Izzard is arguably one of today’s top kings of comedy. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to pop culture, politics, and philosophy, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and razor-sharp insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by unutterable loss, sexuality and coming out, as well as a life in show business, politics, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard’s Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

©2017 Eddie Izzard (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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