Eddie Izzard wants to produce outdoor comedy festival

By | January 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm | 2 comments | News | Tags: ,

Eddie IzzardEddie Izzard, always the man with the plan (even if that plan does include knee-high fishnets), is thinking of setting up his own comedy festival. Crafted in the manner of the millions of musical festivals that dot the cultural landscape, this idea was perpetuated by Izzard’s concern that comedians may be getting shortchanged when relagated to tents at outdoor, music-centered fests; and thus, wants to make the world safe for the funnymen and women out there.

On DigitalSpy.com, Izzard said: “I think comedy has to be separate from music festivals. I want us to do comedy festivals. Because it’s a ‘mind’ gig, and at music festivals everyone’s completely off their faces so if and when they come to the comedy tent, we’re always a poor relation.

“You never get good fees at the festivals because it’s all about the music, which is great but comedy should have its own. That’s what I want to get out and do.”

South by Southwest in Austin, TX, Bonaroo in Manchester, TN, All Points West in Jersey City, NJ are a few of the music fests that currently incorporate comedy into their programming, the latter two in outdoor settings. There’s more and more comedy-dedicated festivals launching each year, so that’s always a good thing. But each year, it seems comedy is added to outdoor music festivals as well. What do you think? Is it a good idea? Should there be outdoor comedy festivals just for comedy? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Sherryn de Vos

    An outdoor festival is a fantastic idea. People thrive on being outdoors for entertainment purposes. It would generate a huge crowd and if promoted correctly and done over a couple of years, it could become as big as the music fests at the moment.

    As for Eddie performing in more intimate venues as suggested above: Eddie could be considered the funniest man alive and pulls off large audiences with ease. His style and nature suites large venues. He is a pioneer in the comedy field and is genius in his skits and impressions. He and Dane Cook are, as far as I am concerned the only two comedians who should do stadium events.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hangglidded JOANNE OWENS

    Comfest is a good idea but not in an outdoor setting. Comfest night @ a theatre would be good with 15min standup. Sound familiar?
    Now Eddie, go back to the smaller venues. You are more appreciated in a more intimate setting.

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