My Comedy Hero: Carly Smallman on Eddie Izzard

The musical comedian picks the surrealist Labour man as her comic idol

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My Comedy Hero: Carly Smallman on Eddie Izzard

My comedy hero is Eddie Izzard as he’s been my favourite comedian for my whole life. When I was a kid, maybe about six, my parents had a few stand-up VHS cassettes around the house: I remember they had Steve Coogan and Eddie Izzard’s Live at the Ambassadors before he went superglam with those huge stage shows. I used to watch it over and over again.

When I later watched Stripped and Dressed to Kill, I just thought he was so glamorous, I loved it. Live at the Ambassadors was more raw and less slick than the later ones but I really loved that about it; it was just all about the ramblings of his ideas and the stream-of-consciousness coming through, and just so funny. I love his imagination how he can think of things that would never cross my mind as a comedian or even as a human being.

My favourite comics are Eddie and Tony Law and Andrew O’Neill, who are nothing like the comedy I do. Sometimes I wish I could be more like them, but part of me knows that I’m just not like that. I remember going to see Tony Law when I was a student and there was hardly anyone there and the only two people laughing their heads off in that room were me and Jimmy Carr.

Carly Smallman is at The Stand, Edinburgh, Thu 16–Sun 19 Jul.

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