If you go
› What: Eddie Izzard
› Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.
› When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11
› Admission: $74.50, $54.50 and $39.50
› For more information: 423-757-5580
Chattanoogans might have seen Eddie Izzard on the silver screen, co-starring opposite Dame Judith Dench in the critically acclaimed film, "Victoria and Abdul." Izzard played Dench's son, Bertie, the king in waiting.
Now see the actor/comedian/author in person when Izzard stops at the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday evening, Feb. 11, as part of his "Believe Me" tour.
"Believe Me" is Izzard's first book, released in June 2017, and a New York Times best-seller. Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother at age 6, boarding school and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, marathon running and philanthropy.
Here are five things to know about the actor before catching his show:
» He was born in Yemen, raised in Northern Ireland, Wales and England.
» In his teens, he dropped out of school and took to the streets of London as part of a comedy double act. When his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man escape act, and his solo career was born. In "Believe Me," he recounts the rise he made from the streets of London to West End theaters, Wembley Arena, Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.
» As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has become known for his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy delivery and signature lines such as "Cake or Death?" or "Do You Have a Flag?"
» He played Roman Nagel in the movie "Ocean's Twelve" and reprised that role in "Ocean's Thirteen."
» You might recognize his voice as Sir Miles Axelrod from "Cars 2" or Lord Voldemort from "The Lego Batman Movie." He's also worked as a voice actor in "The Wild," "Igor" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."