The Info List - Eddie Izzard

Edward John Izzard (/ˈɪzɑːrd/; born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer and political activist. His comedic style takes the form of rambling, whimsical monologue, and self-referential pantomime. He had a starring role in the television series The Riches
The Riches
as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in films such as Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, Valkyrie and Victoria & Abdul. He has also worked as a voice actor in The Wild, Igor, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Cars 2
Cars 2
and The Lego Batman Movie. Izzard has cited his main comedy role model as Monty Python, and John Cleese once referred to him as the "Lost Python".[1] In 2009, he completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief despite having no prior history of long-distance running.[2] He has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his comedy special Dress to Kill, in 2000. Izzard's website won the Yahoo
People's Choice Award[3] and earned the Webby Award.[4] Izzard is openly "a straight transvestite" having cross dressed both on and offstage.[5][6] Izzard has campaigned for various causes and has been a Labour party activist for most of his life. He twice attempted to be elected for a seat on Labour's National Executive Committee, and when Christine Shawcroft resigned in March 2018, he automatically took her place.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Comedy 2.2 Theatrical, TV and film appearances

3 Comic style 4 Political views and activism 5 Personal life 6 Critical reception 7 Books 8 Discography 9 Filmography

9.1 Film 9.2 Television 9.3 Theatre 9.4 Video games

10 See also 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links

Early life[edit] Edward John Izzard[7] was born on 7 February 1962 in the Colony of Aden,[8] the younger son of English parents Dorothy Ella and Harold John Michael Izzard. The family name is of French Huguenot origin.[9] His mother was a midwife and nurse, while his father was an accountant who was working in Aden with British Petroleum at the time of Izzard's birth.[10][11] When Izzard was one year old, the family moved to Northern Ireland, settling in Bangor, County Down
Bangor, County Down
and living there until Izzard was five.[1][7][8][10] The family then moved to Wales, where they lived in Skewen, West Glamorgan. Izzard's mother died of cancer when Izzard was six and his brother, Mark, was eight.[7][11][12] He and his brother built a model railway to occupy their time while their mother was ill (it was donated to Bexhill Museum
Bexhill Museum
in 2016).[13] Following his mother's death, Izzard attended boarding schools[7][11] such as St John's School in Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan,[14] as well as St Bede's Prep School[15] and Eastbourne College.[16] He said that he knew he was a transgender person[17] at the age of four, after watching another boy being forced to wear a dress by his sisters, and knew he wanted to be an actor at the age of seven.[18] Career[edit] Comedy[edit]

Izzard in 2008

Izzard began to toy with comedy at the University of Sheffield, with student friend Rob Ballard.[19][20] After leaving his accountancy degree course, he and Ballard took their act to the streets,[19][20] often in Covent Garden.[14][21][22] After his split with Ballard, Izzard spent a great deal of the early 1980s working as a street performer in Europe and the United States. Izzard says that he developed his comedic voice by talking to his audience while doing solo escape acts after splitting with Ballard.[23] He then moved his act into the stand-up comedy venues of Britain. His first gig was at the Banana Cabaret in Balham, London.[7][24] In 1987, he made his first stage appearance at the Comedy Store in London.[1] He refined his material throughout the 1980s, and in the early 1990s he finally began earning some measure of recognition through his improvisation, in part at his own club "Raging Bull" in Soho.[22] Izzard speaks French well and has performed stand-up shows in the language; from 2014 he began to perform in German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic,[25] all languages that he did not previously speak.[26] Theatrical, TV and film appearances[edit]

Izzard at the 2013 British Academy
British Academy

In 1994, Izzard made his West End drama debut as the lead in the world premiere of David Mamet's The Cryptogram with Lindsay Duncan, in the production at London's Comedy Theatre. The success of that role led to his second starring role in David Beaird's black comedy 900 Oneonta. In 1995, he portrayed the title character in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II.[27] In 1998 Izzard appeared briefly on stage with the Monty Python
Monty Python
team in The American Film Institute's Tribute to Monty Python
Monty Python
(also referred to as Monty Python
Monty Python
Live at Aspen). He walked on stage with the five surviving Pythons and he was summarily escorted off by Eric Idle
Eric Idle
and Michael Palin
Michael Palin
as he attempted to participate in a discussion about how the group got together.[28] He has appeared in a number of episodes of BBC 1's Have I Got News For You. Izzard portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce
in the 1999 production of Julian Barry's 1971 play Lenny. In 2001, he replaced Clive Owen
Clive Owen
in Peter Nichols' 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Comedy Theatre. Izzard and Victoria Hamilton then repeated their lead roles when the show was brought to Broadway in 2003, with the Roundabout Theatre Company production. The revival received four Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Play, Best Leading Actor and Actress for its stars Izzard and Hamilton in their Broadway debuts, and Best Direction for Laurence Boswell. In June 2010, Izzard replaced James Spader
James Spader
in the role of Jack Lawson in David Mamet's play Race on Broadway.[29] Izzard has appeared in numerous films, starting with 1996's The Secret Agent. He has appeared as several real-life individuals, including Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
in The Cat's Meow, actor Gustav von Wangenheim
Gustav von Wangenheim
in Shadow of the Vampire
Shadow of the Vampire
and General Erich Fellgiebel
Erich Fellgiebel
in Valkyrie. Other roles have included Mr. Kite in Across the Universe, Lussurioso in Revengers Tragedy
Revengers Tragedy
and criminal expert Roman Nagel in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. Voice work has included the titular It in Five Children and It, Nigel in The Wild
The Wild
and the mouse warrior Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. He said in 2009 that he would not be reprising his role as Reepicheep and the role was ultimately played by Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg
in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He has stated he felt he learnt to act whilst working on the film Circus[30]. Izzard appeared in the 2009 BBC science fiction miniseries The Day of the Triffids based on the 1951 novel, alongside Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Dougray Scott
Dougray Scott
and Brian Cox.[31] Izzard presented the medals to the athletes who had won the 800m T54 race at the London
2012 Paralympic Games, including gold medalist David Weir.[32] He played Dr. Hatteras, a sceptical psychology professor, in the Showtime series United States of Tara[33] and appeared in six episodes of the 2013–15 American psychological thriller–horror television series Hannibal as Dr. Abel Gideon.[34] In June 2017 Izzard read extracts from his autobiography Believe Me for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week.[35] Comic style[edit]

Elliott Gould
Elliott Gould
and Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
in 2006

Izzard uses a stream-of-consciousness delivery that jumps between topics. As he put it in a 2004 interview with The Guardian, "It's the oral tradition. Human beings have been doing it for thousands of years".[36] His bent towards the surreal even went so far as to produce a sitcom called Cows in 1997 for Channel 4, a live action comedy with actors dressed in cowsuits.[37] Political views and activism[edit] Izzard has engaged in campaigning work. He is especially well known as a pro- European Union
European Union
campaigner, supporting the further integration of the UK into the EU. In May 2005, he appeared on the BBC's political debate show Question Time, describing himself as a "British-European", comparing this with other cultural identities such as "African-American". As part of his integration campaigning, he was one of the first people to spend a Euro in London. This pan-European approach has influenced his work; he regularly performs in French[21][33] and occasionally in German.[22] On 16 June 2017, on the "Overtime" segment of HBO
political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, Izzard claimed to be working in four languages: Spanish, German, French and English. In July 2003, Izzard received an honorary Doctorate of Letters
Doctorate of Letters
from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, for "pro-Europe campaigning", "his contribution to promoting modern languages and tolerance of other cultures and lifestyles", and for having "transcended national barriers" with his humour.[38] He has also campaigned unsuccessfully against the closure of the departments of Drama and Languages, Linguistics and Translation at the University of East Anglia, although the department of Drama was later reprieved.[39] In 1998, Izzard was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party.[40] He appeared in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party in the run up to the 2005 general election. He donated nearly £10,000 to the party in 2008,[41] appeared again in a party political broadcast for the 2009 European election, and again in a 2010 election video entitled Brilliant Britain. Izzard appeared in literature to support changing the British electoral system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons in the Alternative Vote referendum in 2011.[42] In 2011, Izzard revealed that he had political ambitions and wanted to become an MP, Mayor, or MEP by 2020.[43] On 25 February 2016, Izzard announced his intention to stand for the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.[44] It was announced on 9 August 2016 that Izzard had failed to be elected to the NEC.[45] On 20 July 2006, he received an honorary doctorate in Letters from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield,[46] where he spent one year on an Accounting and Financial Management course in the early 1980s. During his time at the university he established the now-defunct Alternative Productions Society in the Union of Students with the aim of promoting fringe-based arts. On 4 March 2010, he was elected as the Honorary President of the University of Sheffield Students' Union.[47] On 7 July 2007, Izzard was one of the presenters from the London
leg of Live Earth. During an interview for the 2008 Stripped tour, he spoke about becoming more active in European politics as well as running for political office in Europe within the next decade. Izzard added a stop in New Orleans
New Orleans
during his 2008 Stripped tour. All proceeds from the performance of 23 June 2008 were donated to Neighbourhood Housing Services of New Orleans.[48] In March 2014, Izzard began leading a campaign encouraging Scots not to vote for independence in the September referendum, saying that England would feel a "deep sense of loss" if Scotland were to leave the UK.[49] Izzard is an outspoken supporter of the Labour Party. In September 2011, he declared his ambition to stand for the party in the future as an MP, MEP, or Mayor of London,[50] announcing an intention to stand for the London mayoral election
London mayoral election
in 2020.[51][52] When asked on comedy panel show The Last Leg
The Last Leg
why he thought he might be elected, he replied "Boris Johnson".[53] He is also a republican, believing that Britain should have a democratically elected head of state.[54] He has stated that he is a social democrat, not a socialist.[55] Izzard confirmed his support for Labour in the 2015 general election, attending a party rally with fellow comedian Ben Elton
Ben Elton
and actress Sally Lindsay in April 2015.[56] On 27 July 2009, with only 5 weeks' training and no significant prior running experience, Izzard began seven weeks of back-to-back marathon runs (with Sundays off) across the UK to raise money for Sport Relief. He ran from London
to Cardiff
to Belfast
to Edinburgh
and back to London, carrying the flag of the country — England, Scotland, or Wales — in which he was running. In Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
he carried a self-designed green flag bearing a white dove. The blog Eddie Iz Running documented his 43 marathons in 51 days, covering at least 27 miles per day (totaling more than 1,100 miles), ending on 15 September 2009.[57] He received a special award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009 for his achievements.[58] In March 2010, Izzard took part in the Sport Relief Mile event.[59] On 16 February 2016 the BBC announced that Izzard would attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days, through South Africa
South Africa
for Sport Relief.[60] The significance of the number 27 came from the number of years spent in prison by Nelson Mandela. In total Izzard would aim to run more than 700 miles, in temperatures of up to 40 °C. Izzard completed his first marathon on 23 February. He attempted such a project in South Africa
South Africa
in 2012, but withdrew with health concerns.[61] He completed the marathon challenge on 20 March, at the statue of Mandela in front of the Union Buildings
Union Buildings
in Pretoria. Because he had spent one day in hospital, he had to run two consecutive marathons on this last day. He raised more than £1.35M for Sport Relief.[62] A BBC documentary, detailing his feat, was broadcast on 28 March.[63] In May 2017, Izzard declared his intention to become a Labour politician after endorsing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn
in the 2017 UK general election. He said: "I like Jeremy Corbyn. He believes in what he says."[64] In October, he announced a renewed bid for election to Labour's National Executive Committee.[65] In January 2018, it was announced that Izzard had failed in his second bid to be elected to the NEC.[66] On 31 March 2018, Christine Shawcroft resigned from the Labour Party's NEC. Izzard automatically replaced her and will serve until the next NEC election, to be held in summer 2018.[67] Personal life[edit] During his Stripped tour, Izzard said he realised he was an atheist. He said, "I was warming the material up in New York, where one night, literally on stage, I realised I didn't believe in God at all. I just didn't think there was anyone upstairs."[68] He has since described himself as a spiritual atheist, saying, "I don't believe in the guy upstairs, I believe in us."[69] Izzard keeps his romantic life private, citing the wishes of his companions not wanting to become content for his show.[68] He dated Sarah Townsend, who later directed the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story,[21] and whom he first met while she was running a Fringe venue at the Edinburgh
Festival in 1989.[70] Izzard supports Crystal Palace FC and became an associate director at the club on 16 July 2012.[71] Izzard started to freely talk about his transvestism in venues like the Edinburgh
Festival as early as 1992.[5][6] His stance is that cross-dressing is neither part of his performance nor a sexual fetish.[72] He remarks in his show Unrepeatable
that "women wear what they want and so do I". According to Izzard, "Most transvestites fancy women."[73] He calls himself "a straight transvestite, or male lesbian".[74] He has also said he is "a lesbian trapped in a man's body",[75] transgender,[5][76] and "a complete boy plus half girl".[74] He has expressed a belief that being transgender is caused by genetics and that someday this will be scientifically proven, having gone so far as to have his own genome sequenced.[77] Critical reception[edit] On 18 March 2007, Izzard was listed as number 3 of the 100 Greatest British National Comedians (behind Peter Kay
Peter Kay
at number 2 and Billy Connolly at number 1) as part of British television station Channel 4's ongoing 100 Greatest..., series. In the 2010 updated version of the list he was ranked 5th.[78] In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sunderland.[79] On 20 February 2013, Izzard received the 6th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism[80][81] — an award presented at Harvard University
Harvard University
each year by the Humanist Community at Harvard,[82] the American Humanist Association, and the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics. In 2015, Izzard was chosen, by readers of The Guardian, as their 2014 public language champion. The award was announced in central London, at the Guardian and British Academy
British Academy
2014 Schools Language Awards, as part of the annual Language Festival.[83] Books[edit]

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens (2017), Michael Joseph, ISBN 978-0718181727.[84]


Date Title

15 November 1993 Live at the Ambassadors

14 March 1994 Unrepeatable

21 October 1996 Definite Article

17 November 1997 Glorious

9 November 1998 Dress to Kill

18 November 2002 Circle

26 November 2003 Sexie

23 November 2009 Stripped

15 January 2011 Live at Madison Square Garden[85]

18 November 2013 Force Majeure

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1995 The Oncoming Storm Luthor Keeton

1996 The Secret Agent Vladimir

1998 Velvet Goldmine Jerry Devine

1998 The Avengers Bailey

1999 Mystery Men Tony P

1999 The Criminal Peter Hume

2000 Circus Troy

2000 Shadow of the Vampire Gustav von Wangenheim

2001 The Cat's Meow Charlie Chaplin

2001 All the Queen's Men Tony Parker

2002 Revengers Tragedy Lussurioso

2003 Alien Invasion Brik

2004 Blueberry Prosit

2004 Five Children and It It Voice

2004 Romance & Cigarettes Gene Vincent

2004 Ocean's Twelve Roman Nagel

2005 The Aristocrats Himself Documentary

2006 The Wild Nigel Voice

2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend Professor Bedlam

2007 Ocean's Thirteen Roman Nagel

2007 Across the Universe Mr. Kite

2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Reepicheep Voice

2008 Igor Dr. Schadenfreude Voice

2008 Valkyrie Erich Fellgiebel

2009 Rage Tiny Diamonds

2009 Believe: The Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
Story Himself Documentary

2010 Every Day Garrett

2011 The Other Side Dean Bellamy

2011 Cars 2 Sir Miles Axelrod Voice

2011 Lost Christmas Anthony Also executive producer

2014 Boychoir Drake

2015 Absolutely Anything Headmaster

2015 Day Out of Days Dag

2016 Whisky Galore! Captain Wagget

2016 Rock Dog Angus Scattergood Voice

2017 The Lego Batman Movie Lord Voldemort Voice

2017 Victoria & Abdul Bertie, Prince of Wales


Year Title Role Notes

1991 Barf Bites Back Himself Television special

1994 Open Fire Rich Television film

1995 Aristophanes: The Gods are Laughing Socrates Television film

1996 Tales from the Crypt Evans Episode: "Confession"

1998 Rex the Runt Melting Blob Man / Easter Island Head Aliens (voices) 2 episodes

1999 Python Night – 30 Years of Monty Python Himself Television special

2002 Mongrel Nation Himself Television documentary

2002 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri Television film

2003 40 Ralph Outen 3 episodes

2006 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself Television special

2007–2008 The Riches Wayne Malloy/Doug Rich 20 episodes

2008 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself Television special

2009 The Day of the Triffids Torrence 2 episodes

2010 Eddie Izzard: Marathon
Man Himself Television special

2010 The Simpsons Nigel Bakerbutcher / Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
/ Prince Charles
Prince Charles
(voices) Episode: "To Surveil with Love"

2011 United States of Tara Dr. Hattarras 8 episodes

2011 The Good Wife James Thrush Episode: "The Death Zone"

2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself Television special

2012 Treasure Island Long John Silver Television miniseries

2012 Bullet in the Face Johann Tannhäuser 6 episodes

2012 Mockingbird Lane Grandpa Television film

2013 Meet the Izzards Himself Two episode documentary

2013–2015 Hannibal Dr. Abel Gideon 6 episodes

2014 Castles in the Sky Robert Watson-Watt Television film

2015 Powers "Big Bad" Wolfe 10 episodes

2015 The Devil You Know Thomas Putnam Pilot


900 Oneonta (1994) The Cryptogram (1994) Edward II (1995) Lenny (1999) A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2001–2002, 2003) Trumbo (2003) Race (2010)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role

2000 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue Sgt. Tibbs (voice)

2011 Cars 2: The Video Game Sir Miles Axlerod (voice)

See also[edit]

Cross-dressing in film and television


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Further reading[edit]

Heilpern, John (Jun 2013). "Out to lunch with Eddie Izzard". Vanity Fair. 634: 34. 

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Awards for Eddie Izzard

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Philip Anglim (1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1984) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1985) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1990) Ron Rifkin
Ron Rifkin
(1991) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1996) David Morse / Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2003) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2004) Brían F. O'Byrne (2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2010) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program

Perry Como
Perry Como
/ Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
(1959) Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
(1960) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1961) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(1962) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(1963) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1964) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1967) Art Carney
Art Carney
/ Pat Paulsen
Pat Paulsen
(1968) Arte Johnson
Arte Johnson
/ Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1969) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1971) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1972) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(1973) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
/ Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
(1974) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
/ Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1975) Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase
/ Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
(1976) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
/ Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1977) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
/ Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
(1978) Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
(1981) Nell Carter
Nell Carter
/ André De Shields
André De Shields
(1982) Leontyne Price
Leontyne Price
(1983) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1984) George Hearn (1985) Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1986) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1987) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1988) Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
(1989) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1990) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(1991) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1992) Dana Carvey (1993) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1994) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1995) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1996) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1997) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(1998) John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo
(1999) Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2000) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2001) Sting (2002) Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady
(2003) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2004) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2005) Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
(2006) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(2007) Don Rickles
Don Rickles

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (2000–2009)

Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2000) Eric Drysdale, Jim Earl, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, J. R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mecurio, Chris Regan, Allison Silverman and Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2001) Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Max Brooks, James Downey, Tina Fey, Hugh Fink, Charlie Grandy, Jack Handey, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Matt Murray, Paula Pell, Matt Piedmont, Ken Scarborough, Michael Schur, Frank Sebastiano, T. Sean Shannon, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele and Scott Wainio (2002) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Tom Johnson, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2003) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2004) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart (2005) Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Sam Means, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2006) Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Dan Goor, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Tim Harrod, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney and Andrew Weinberg (2007) Bryan Adams, Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Barry Julien, Laura Krafft, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino and Allison Silverman (2008) Rory Albanese, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, J. R. Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Rob Kutner, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, John Oliver, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart

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