My Comedy Hero: Carly Smallman on Eddie Izzard

My Comedy Hero: Carly Smallman on Eddie Izzard

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

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.

The Saturday Show

Saturday nights à la Stand are normally a sold out affair so it's worth booking in advance and getting in early for the edibles. (Food. Not punters.)

The Stand, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Sep

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Susie McCabe, Chris Forbes, Marc Jennings and host Billy Kirkwood.

Sat 8 Sep

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Jeff Innocent, Susan Morrison, Joe Sutherland and host Joe Heenan.

Sat 15 Sep

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Owen O'Neill, Bethany Black and host Raymond Mearns.

…and 13 more dates until 22 Dec

The Sunday Night Laugh-In

End the week with the generally very chilled Sunday offering, with a dolly mixture of comedians each time.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Sun 2 Sep

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With MC Hammersmith and George Fox.

Sun 9 Sep

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Celia Wilding.

Sun 16 Sep

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

…and 9 more dates until 23 Dec

The Thursday Show

Comedy will be firing at you with all cylinders this weekend, so why not give into it all and allow the Stand to take you under its wing with hilarious acts left, right and centre?

The Friday Show

Friday night sparkles with the promise of comedy in a basement, courtesy of those good folk at The Stand. Hurrah!

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