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Eddie Izzard Returns

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Nerdist Podcast: Eddie Izzard Returns

The hilarious Eddie Izzard returns to the Nerdist podcast for his own episode! He talks about performing comedy in different languages and foreign countries, beginning his comedy career in the birth of alt-comedy, and his view on the strange world of politics!

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  • My husband’s favorite song EVER is “Loadout/Stay.” (It actually makes him weepy.) I’m so euphoric that my knowledge of that song finally paid off in some way. Thanks Nerdist Podcast!

  • I love Eddie’s style of comedy. Interesting to see that there is always a certain percentaghe who take offense. Accent on the “take”. I am just going to quote another person who i always enjoy listen to, Stephen Fry:
    “It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.”

  • Hey, you know what, I can be offended too.

    I’d be offended by people who glorify the consolidation of money and power and utilize both proudly and openly to legally, physically, economically, damage and/or end other peoples lives, in a futile attempt to prevent time passing and the world from improving beyond the 4th century, & make reality conform to their own romanticized, ancient worldviews and the ancient prejudices, hatreds, and catastrophic ignorance that made those horrendous ethics work when the world was utterly, disastrously, savagely stupid. …and then when held to the light, deflect the blame for said barbaric behavior to the Roman Empires horrible hacked-together attempt at lowest-common-denominator ethical code circa 325. It’s completely offensive to any sentient being not still stuck living in the bronze age.

    …I could be offended by the guy who points out how loooooong the history of that being destructive to societies is and expects more and better of people in the modern technological 21st century, but I’d say my priorities are pretty tricking misguided to do so.

    Yet, the offense neither of us would take matters to anyone but us, because it’s merely our own problem. Being offended is being shocked to encounter information which doesn’t correspond with the existing knowledge you possess and have an emotional attachment to. That’s not the new informations problem, it’s not the person who presented it, it’s yours. Being offended is nothing to be proud of or boast about publicly. There are 7 billion people in the world, you don’t have all the answers, you’re going to encounter people who know other things and have reached different conclusions than you. Throwing a fit about it is what spoiled children do.

    Have enough self control to manage your own emotional state, & not go about the world letting everything that rattles your little cage offend you.

    Looking forward to seeing Eddie Izzard, who as usual for a Brit, seems to be paying closer attention to what is going on in this country than most US citizens do, certainly regarding the busting of the dam of money directly buying Congress and the untouchable Supreme Court Justices further declaring that even discussing trying to fix it is anti-democratic and un-American and even possibly treasonous. Meet the new world, same as the old world.

  • My favorite comedian!

    I’ve made the mistake of meeting my heroes on a few occasions, but, if there’s one person in all of entertainment I’d still very much like to meet, it’s Mr Izzard.

    I hope he finds success in his new endeavor, and especially look forward to hearing his perspective after his service, in as many languages as it takes.

    Eddie just seems like one of those guys that makes the world better just by being himself out there in it. Thanks!

  • Great discussion on transnational comedy. As the son of Guatemalan immigrants, I do notice that some things are universally funny. However, I can’t watch shows like Modern Family with them because the writing of the jokes is too dry sometimes and we have completely different reactions. I tried watching The Office with them as well and very similar results.
    I get most Hispanic comedy on Telemundo or Univision but some of it goes over my head.

  • Nic e that Eddie Izzard returns, but really, to all of us who love Mr. Izzard – he never left. Looking forward for more wise cracks from my favorite comedian!

  • as german speaker i found it very interesting that chris knows Michael Mittermaier i am a huge fan of both Chris and Michael but in my mind i dont brought those two together. Michael would be an interesting Podcast guest, because he is a also a big comedy nerd. nerdist international !

  • The world has suffered plenty at the hands of powerful religious conservatives, especially people who stand out like Eddie Izzard. The least you can do is stomach their reverse-judgement of you on a podcast. If you’re really open minded, you know enough to not take it personally.

  • I’m hearing him saying he doesn’t like extremists .. and there can be There’s extremists both to the right and the left. That there appear to be more far right leaning extremists who declare themselves Christians but are more than willing to slash safety nets and let people starve and be homeless. That’s what’s he’s going after and he’s going after that kind of mindset in his own way. Fyi, Britain and Canada are going through much of the same kind of thing, it’s not just a U.S. thing. So he’s speaking to a much bigger issue affecting a huge amount of people that EXTREMISTS are hurting.

  • I love you guys, this podcast, and Eddie, but damn you guys can dish out some offensive generalizations. An intelligent opened minded religious conservative is not a mythical creature, there are a lot of us. Its hurtful to listen to people you enjoy and respect insult you and others like you based on your beliefs or group you fall in, especially when the insults are based on very generalized and inaccurate stereotypes.

  • I love Eddie Izzard. I’ve always found his stand up to be insightful and hilarious. And because it’s so full of historical and cultural references, I have learned a lot from it. That being said, his asides and swipes at current American conservatives was hacky, and without follow up or insight. It wouldn’t be too much of an issue, but he mentioned that doing current political stuff instantly dates you. And he kept bringing it up. About as many times he brought up being centrist and moderate.