Eddie Izzard - “Wunderbar” and Moving from Comedy to Politics | The Daily Show



welcome to the show Eddie thank you how are you I am very good you're looking good well I'm quite I do this running thing which I you know I've said this to her I tell people that because I ran these marathons before but now I keep it going I keep it topped up with HIIT high intensity interval training right you spent cover spoke of it just like Tigers do because of all Lions in Africa and that's that's what we used to do as human beings when we were wild now we're more domesticated cake and television and don't do so much of that but you know all the good sports people you know in the big sports like football our football everyone's spirit right and that is the healthy stuff for you so kids do that BB like a tiger yeah be like a tiger let's talk about the marathons for a bit a lot of people may not know this about you but you you genuinely have run more marathons than most human beings will ever in their lifetimes in fact I remember when you came to South Africa to run 27 marathons in 27 days in honor of Nelson Mandela's 27 years in prison and I remember like seeing that as a South African and I was like wow this is a little excessive I was like just like just remember him just hashtag remember I didn't do enough at the time I didn't you know I was a student at the time well apartheid rocks he went off a long time I just didn't I didn't eat the fruit and that was it and I just thought that's not enough so I thought maybe I can make it out yes and then Invictus poem which I knew method a lot to him there was the film yes yes and when I heard about the film and my dad said you know that was a Nelson Mandela poem that's where it came from and I thought okay I know we're next gonna run but you almost died doing this technically well you see my will play I got rhabdo my like I tried in 2012 and got rhabdomyolysis which is not fun I went back in 2016 and they couldn't work up my Bloods and and and my hydration right so day four was in hospital day five was in hospital yes in Eastern in East London yes Eastern Cape and a very cool nephrologist which is a kidney expert he if there's this very cool black guy and he's just saying WOW who are you what are you doing I'm doing this for Madiba why you know the South Africans are like why yeah this guy would he was really cool he said no no it's a kidneys are fine this year it's your hydration that's the problem we're gonna put three liters into you and you'll be peeing like a horse I didn't pee once that night so dehydrated I was like you you have this you have this personality where you when you when you set your sights on something it's almost like militaristic you go I'm going to do the thing I'm gonna run 27 marathons when you missed a marathon you then ran two marathons the next day or the last day like the very final day right again excessive but but this is who eighty years are it is I mean like for people who know and love your story they love you because of that you are somebody who's known for not just doing comedy but for touring the world doing comedy in how many languages is now I remember it was three and now it's now four I've added Spanish to it but I'm I'm learning in Spanish do it so wait so it's English it was French and German I remember when we at German we were there together and we met we were both at the same comedy club Eddie was testing his material downstairs and I was doing my show and then Eddie came and then you were like oh we both here this is somebody's funny like we're doing it in German then I was like no why would I do it in German why would I do that and his dad spoke yeah but but but why is that so important to you because you don't do it as a gimmick it's it's who you are political I mean I wonder stand as a member of parliament in my country from next year I've said this for nine years now that I was going to stand in 2020 and this is an underlying political thing it's hands across borders the the astronaut said this from you know either the Russians or the Americans when they went up there they look back there are no frontiers we've made these frontiers right and I'm going out and saying this is a very key century the 21st century I'm doing my shows in French German Spanish maybe Spanish German French kids Russian kids whatever they can think well I'll try it in a different language and that just makes the melting pot melt because we are all human we have spent so many wars about killing each other when you do your comedy in a little language I mean like I I don't do it as extensively as you do I'll write a joke in another language you do the whole show in another language and then you you like immerse yourself in that language do you think there's something in learning other languages that changes how you perceive people who speak another language not how you perceive you just realized hey they're the same people as us because some of them lost south of don't laugh some like oh this is rubbish they just have the same quirks and and things as us we do tend to say the Germans of this the French of that the Chinese are this they're not they're all essentially human being family kids a better life working hard we need to make it a farewell for 7.5 billion people this century and the melting pot America was a great melting pot it's made this great country and we need to make the world a melting pot and I feel that we've either gonna be brave and curious or fearful and suspicious and I'm trying to be brave and curious you you are doing I remember years ago when we met and and this this is one of the people who genuinely is one of the reasons that I'm sitting here today because Eddie was kind enough to present my show in my comedy in Edinburgh which I mean blew me up because people like well if Eddie Eddie vouchers for you then I mean we'll let you in actually one of my the funniest moments because we were taking a photo together and if you remember this this was an Edinburgh and we we knew each other but weren't like close friends and Eddie standing next to me in the picture and we're standing there everyone's taking pictures of us together and then Eddie says out of the corner of his mouth he says you better not kill someone or do some crazy because now I'm tied to you forever [Applause] I don't actually remember saying that what I do remember thinking is I want to encourage young people to go on and young people younger to myself to go on and be successful not too successful you're on the borderline of being too sick this is rather annoying let's talk about let's talk a little bit more about the areas or going into politics because you have spoken about it for a long time you know one of those people who just like sort Trump and was like oh that looks easy no you you you've said no you've said four lies you said almost a decade I want to get into politics why politics why why would you go into that world that seems so messy especially in the UK with Briggs it's and what's going on well anyway anywhere in the world I'm a radical moderate I do radical things with a moderate message I came out as transgender 34 years ago I'm performing in four languages I've run over 80 marathons for charity now so I that's what I bring to the table I think most moderates don't go into politics it seems to evil – – brutal is it probably a better word than evil it's just brutal in there and if you think about what people have said to me negatively as for being transgender I don't think they can say anything in politics that's gonna top that right so I'm already battle-hardened for that I've campaigned in in numerous different campaigns back in Britain and I think you need to have three things to do to be politic to do politics you need to have a vision for the future my vision is a farewell for 7.5 billion people I think you need to be able to communicate hopefully my comedy gives me the ability to do that right analyze and communicate and you need to be able to look at systems and work out what systems that you should keep what you should change and which ones you should completely throw away comedy isn't actually much good for politics except for the light relief saying I think this the other people they think that em are all silly buggers yeah and that's where you use your comedy for likely because it can get very dry in the world of party oh I've noticed I've noticed I like what one thing I do I do enjoy about your story as well is is and and this is something that I really really appreciated is your story was really was really tough for many years because here you were as a trans man who was living in this world where 30 years ago it was it was dangerous you got beaten up you were ridiculed everywhere you went and I will never forget noticing how powerful your story and your impact were until one day I was walking in London it was in Piccadilly Circus and there was a transgender man who was walking and dressed up and you know and a group of guys saw him and then they were like they were like oh man look over there look at that asshole and I turned I saw it and then I was like ah it's gonna be like a thing and the guy was like oh oh oh you say are you like any Azad it's like yeah pretty cool man it's like it is odd you know comedy and the guys like no I was like oh no and and then like like I've noticed it's like a like in London it became it just became you you had an impact on people that went beyond it I know it sounds strange but it just became because people are familiar with it I find a lot of the time in society we are afraid of a thing that we do not know and then when you become familiar with it you start to see it as being more normal most sala is a good example in the UK right you have Mohamed Salah this Muslim soccer player at Liverpool becomes huge and then all of a sudden they said in Liverpool Islamophobia was dropping and little kids were like oh I want to be Muslim also and it's just like that's that's what it became so like do you see that when you speak to people when I came out from South Africa I've got a film player at the end the year and my co-writer Kellan Jones he said could you go to my daughter's school because they've been tracking the running in South Africa we went there and they could talk about two things I thought this is wonderful for me just sitting at the back there because the teacher could talk about racism – when they'll some of the other struggle against apartheid in South Africa they could also talk about because I was running with my nails painted and holding South Africa where they could talk about being transgender and I've done some videos that have gone viral on that and they talked about self identifying in the classroom younger kids were just saying one of them was identifying girls instead of boy and I thought that was beautiful they could talk about sexuality and they could talk about racism in the same thing and I do think marathons and wearing high heels for me as being a kind of interesting breakthrough because also very difficult on your feet both of them I know I mean I tend to take the heels off when I run them out people tend to give me a bit of a more well alright fair play alright if you're gonna do that cuz you know and it's it's the two things added together I did want to be in Special Forces when I was a kid this cut this can sound kind of crazy but I was planning this Marines or paratroops and then go SAS I didn't know which war they attend to me too so I was kind of slowed down on that one I wanted to do this creative stuff so I've tried to do this sort of civilian Special Forces right what I've that's why I'm so military in the way I approach in a way that you look at it the tour is rolling out to a large number of cities around the world you're gonna be doing it in multiple languages one thing that I do find interesting is that as political as you are your show is never political your show is timeless it's it's it's about history and it's about the future it's about space and it's about it's like one of the most complicated shows like the topics that your your thing is not like elevators your thing is like the space-time continuum but very silly very silly but why do you do that why not have the politic why politics dates it yes if you're doing posit get it out of your show because when you do your videos this is I'm so I gave you a good advice before you you take the politics and make it a go macro on the project so if it's something about Trump now then go macro on people who have been like him throughout the history ah go that way because then it'll be timeless when they live it in ten years ago this is still all relevant as opposed to oh oh yeah that guy did that Oh Trump still gonna be a running Jeff know you've got a rule in America oh no no not as president but he's still gonna be around well it's that was my thing I thought there's one practicality which is just if you keep it fluid keep it out there like Monty Python it can be timeless yes and also I'm too lazy to do play I want to do I want to do comedy about politics when I'm in politics that's essentially what I'm gonna be doing what I'm gonna say I believe this the other team they're all idiots thank you so much for being on the show man tickets to the shows go to Eddie has art.com idiot everybody




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