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Eddie Izzard Tells 'The Green Room' That He Wants to Be a Politician (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 2nd 2011 5:13AM
Eddie Izzard, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza'Things took a turn toward the serious with Eddie Izzard in 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (Thu., 11PM ET on Showtime). The comics started talking about how comedy can be used to put forth serious ideas and raise serious issues.

Izzard stunned his fellow comics by announcing that he's going to run for political office.

He said that the comedy environment that's been fostered in the US and the UK means that "you can be comic philosophers where you just put out your idea of where things should go or what things should be or whatever. I think people want to listen to a voice."

As such, he explained his decision to enter politics. He said that in 2020 he'll either run for Mayor of London, or stand for election as an MP either in the UK or the European Parliament. While most of his fellow guests agreed he could win, and might even do well at it, Jimmy Carr couldn't understand it at all.

"It just strikes me as an odd thing to want, because you're in movies, you've been a stand-up," Carr said. "Why would you want to do anything else? I cannot understand."

"Because I can't leave it to the right wing," Izzard said. "I cannot leave it to the fascists."

It's that kind of political passion, no matter what side of the political spectrum you reside on, that the world needs. We need people who really care, and someone like Izzard -- who doesn't need to do it but wants to do it because it matters to him -- is someone who'd be getting into the political fray for the right reasons: Passion, belief and commitment.

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I love Eddie Izzard, and I think he could be a good politician. I am a republican and proud of it. Not all republicans are right wing facists. I am for a womans rigth to choose, gay marriage, and the rights of all people. I hope if he gets elected for Parliament or in the European Goverment. I think he would bring some good and fresh ideas to ploitics.

September 05 2011 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm really proud that Eddie Izzard has decided to take a stand against right wing facists. We need MORE people to fight against these neocons. We can't afford to leave government, ANYWHERE, to be overthrown by the Palin's, Perry's, Bachman's, Cantor's or Limbaugh's out there. Our nation's Middle Class and the poor deserve better than what these idiots offer.

September 03 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope he follows through on this. He'd be an amazing pol!!

September 02 2011 at 10:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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