Believe Me

Believe Me

A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

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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.
Edition: EBOOK AUDIO
ISBN: 9781101924952
Branch Call Number: EBOOK AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Zigman, Laura
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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JCLHeatherC May 09, 2019

If you enjoy exclusive audiobook only footnotes and footnotes on top of footnotes on top of extra long footnotes, this memoir is for you. If, however you are interested in Jazz Chickens, this may not be the audiobook for you.

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danielestes
Jan 10, 2019

Believe Me, the memoir, is such a treat if you're a fan of Eddie Izzard! I'm sure the physical book is great, I wouldn't know exactly, but I implore you to listen to the audiobook version if you have a choice. The heart of Eddie Izzard's comedy is his niche brand of humor coupled with his signature verbal delivery—vocal riffing, pauses, and non-verbal cues you can practically hear. You'd only get a sense of this from the physical book, but you'll get it in spades with the audiobook.

It was sometime in the summer of 2000 when I was at a party and the host queued up a VHS tape of "Dress to Kill," Eddie's Emmy-winning stand-up show. (Note: This would have been before it won the Emmy by a month or so.) That night was the first time I ever heard of Eddie Izzard and I couldn't believe what I was watching. The humor was new and gut-wrenchingly funny and unlike anything I'd seen up to that point. I laughed for the rest of the night and quoted what I could remember for months. I eventually purchased my own copy from eBay. And the rest is history.

For me personally, one of the more resonant sections is Part 2, The Wilderness Years, and specifically, the chapter called "The Streets of London." My two favorite takeaways here are how, despite other reasonable alternatives, Eddie Izzard kept at. This is where he learned stamina. My other favorite moment is when he decided to try solo performing. He says that his whole life he never thought of himself as a solo performer, and then in a six month stretch he changed his mindset and made the switch. Brilliant. I think sometimes we hold on too tightly to ideas we consider lifelong goals. Things change, and we change. It's good to recognize the seismic life shifts when they are right in front of you.

If you're a fan of Eddie Izzard, go read or listen to this book. If you've never heard of him, YouTube.

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