British cross-dressing actor-comedian Eddie Izzard, attending the Labour Party conference in Brighton yesterday, confirmed his desire to be elected Mayor of London in the year 2020. He announced it in a formal political setting, and for the first time mentioned his goal in a way that couldn’t be written off as just a dream. Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s remarks at the conference indicating he would approve an Izzard candidacy were met with cheers. Izzard has stated many times in the past his intention to enter politics sometime in the next decade. In earlier announcements, he’s said he was interested in becoming a Member of Parliament, a Member of the European Parliament, or Mayor of London, with 2020 as his target year for assuming office. You go, Eddie! (via dangerousminds)
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Between 1977 and 1979, the criminally arcane and much-missed late comic Andy Kaufman recorded many conversations he had with his grandmother. When recently unearthed, the tapes turned out to contain 82 hours of exactly that – Andy’s conversations with his grandmother. Our former colleague here, wowlebrity Rodney Ascher (director of the doc Room 237), was asked to edit them. The resulting baffling compilation shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the source.
Rodney Ascher tells us: “The simplest way to explain it is that Andy recorded 80+ hours of material on a portable microcassette recorder (which he apparently took with him EVERYWHERE), intending to cut it into an album of some sort back between 77-79. He never got around to editing it and the tapes languished in a shoebox for 30+ years until his widow brought them to the record label, Drag City, which enlisted Vernon Chatman to produce a record from them. He brought me on as editor and the two of us listened to everything (which was a pretty bizarre trip in itself) and tried to reconstruct the record Andy might have made. He didn’t leave behind any instructions or a log or notes or anything, so we had to use his recorded comments (and he actually talked a fair amount about his vision for the record) as our guide.”
Says the disc’s producer Vernon Chatman in the liner notes: “When I was asked if I’d be willing to listen to the tapes and cut together The Album That Andy Might Have, I was so offended at how disrespectful and impossible the very notion was that I immediately agreed to do it. I believe that I, my editor Rodney, and Drag City honchbro Dan Koretzky are the only people on the planet (including Andy himself) to have listened to every minute of the tapes.”
Here’s a sample of Andy and His Grandmother:
“I’ve lost a total of 106 pounds,” the potty-mouthed comic tells InTouch. That’s right. Formerly “big-boned” Lisa Lampanelli celebrated the one-year anniversary of her gastric-sleeve surgery, and says she feels she’s reached the weight she is supposed to be, that she’s “officially a skinny bitch.” Nothing funny about that. Good for her. But do you think her new image will effect her standup act, or the way her fans will react to her?
Alec Mapa did a great job warming up the crowd at the RuPaul’s Drag Race: Reunited finale taping, and he did it all in a wig and sensible Christian Siriano heels! Make sure you head over to Alec’s Kickstarter page to help fund Baby Daddy, the real life story of how Alec and his husband Jamie adopted their beautiful son Zion.
The comedian’s act has been digitally enhanced for maximum comic effect.