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Izzard - Inspired by Monty Python

The British comedian chats to 94.7's Breakfast Xpress about his SA tour.

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JOHANNESBURG - British comedian Eddie Izzard has assured radio listeners he will be "sticking around" for some time to come.

The 51-year-old, famed for wearing high heels and make-up among other gender-bending attire, spoke on Friday morning to the Breakfast Xpress team on 94.7 Highveld Stereo.

He discussed his upcoming gigs in Johannesburg this weekend as part of his Force Majeure world tour, his love of Monty Python and quelled a caller's fear that he had died.

"I did actually die five or six years ago. No, I just kicked a bucket - there was a bucket that was in the way." He explained that it had simply been a part of a two-man show earlier in his career, and promised to "stick around" for many years to come.

Izzard cited John Cleese, the brains behind Monty Python and who is performing in Johannesburg this weekend, as being his inspiration.

"He's only just gotten into touring. I've been working with this stuff for ages," Izzard said, "but basically what I am doing is [Monty] Python … I am totally influenced by Python."

Darren 'Wackhead' Simpson offered to introduce the two stars, but Izzard said he already knew Cleese personally.

Izzard, who has been performing for over three decades, also seemed impressed by the number of younger British comedians touring South Africa in recent years, including Jimmy Carr and Michael McIntyre. Russell Brand will also be coming later in the year.

Izzard will be performing on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm at the Sandton Convention Centre.

John Cleese will be performing at the Teatro at Montecasino on Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 1.30pm, and 5pm.

He will also perform at the ICC in Durban on Tuesday.

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