Eddie Izzard first became famous as a prolific actress thanks to her surreal act and stream of consciousness. Izzard started out as a college student and went from street performer to world tours and hit specials via jokes about squirrels and flags and why Hitler would have been bad at “Risk”. More recently, she challenged herself to stand-up in multiple languages, performing in French, German, Russian, Spanish and Arabic, according to The Guardian.
His stand-up career has won countless accolades. In 2000, Izzard won two Primetime Emmys for his “Dress to Kill” special, one for his outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program, beating Cher; Chris Rock; Billy Crystal; and Molly Shannon; and one for outstanding writing for a variety series. (She lost the Outstanding Variety Series award to the 25th anniversary special “Saturday Night Live.”) In 2005, Channel 4 voters Selected her as the fifth greatest actress of all time, ranking behind luminaries Billy Connolly, Richard Pryor, Ricky Gervais and Bill Hicks.
Perhaps most importantly for an artist who grew up idolizing Monty Python, John Cleese once called her “The Lost Python,” according to a profile in the Independent Irish. She briefly appeared with the surviving cast members during performances in 1998 and 2014.