Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

Book Cover of Believe Me by Eddie Izzard
When I discovered that one of my favorite comedians, Eddie Izzard, had written Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, I immediately put a hold on the audiobook. It was as enjoyable as I expected it to be. Just as his stand-up routines are full of stream of conscious diversions, so is his memoir. As an added bonus, the audiobook listener is treated to random additions to the text when Izzard thinks of something else to mention while performing the book. I note this partially because, if you are not a fan of his stand-up style, you may find the book and audiobook maddening.

While there are certainly humorous sections of the book, Izzard's account of his life and career is surprisingly poignant. From the devastation of losing his mother as a child to the reactions he garnered when he came out as transgender (he refers to himself as an action transvestite), his innermost thoughts and feelings are fully on display.

I recommend this memoir primarily to fans of Izzard's stand-up routines, but it would also appeal to aspiring performers as he details his rise to success in comedy and acting. If you are not familiar with his comedy, start with Dress to Kill. If you enjoy comedic memoirs, check out Yes Please by Amy Poehler or American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson.

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