For my celebrity branding assignment, the celebrity i got is Eddie Izzard.
Eddie Izzard is a 53 year old British actor and comedian. The genre of comedy he applies in is Surreal humour, improvisational comedy, observational comedy and physical comedy. His comedic style takes the form of rambling, whimsical monologue, and self-referential pantomime. He was mainly influenced by Monty Python, Bill Hicks, Billy Connolly, Lenny Bruce, Steve Martin, Spike Milligan and Jerry Sadowitz. Also he has influenced other comedian that you see these days for example, Hal Sparks, Dara Ó Briain, Sean Lock, Harry Hill, Rhod Gilbert have all been influenced by Eddie Izzard.
In 2009, he completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief despite having no prior history of long-distance running. He has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his comedy special Dress to Kill, in 2000. Eddie’s website won the Yahoo People’s Choice Award and earned the Webby Award.
Eddie is also known for being transvestite and wearing women’s makeup and clothes. Izzard started to freely talk about his transvestism in venues like Edinburgh Festival as early as 1992. His stance is that cross-dressing is neither part of his performance nor a sexual fetish. He remarks in his show Unrepeatable, “Women wear what they want and so do I”. According to Izzard, “Most transvestites fancy women”. He identifies as “a straight transvestite or a male lesbian”. He has also described himself as “a lesbian trapped in a man’s body”, transgender, and “a complete boy plus half girl”.
Also Eddie is also know for being a activist. He is especially well known as a pro-European Union campaigner supporting the further integration of the UK into the EU.