People only have selective techno-fear. Usefulness overcomes phobia : Eddie Izzard, Stand-up comedian
Updated on: 10 Dec 2015
The technology-loving standup on staying ahead of the class in 1974, learning French from his mobile phone and his addiction to all things Apple
You once did a standup routine about people having techno-joy or techno-fear. Which do you have?
Techno-joy. I love it. And I've since found that people only really have selective techno-fear. As soon as they find that a machine is useful – "Ooh, I can send emails across the world or get around in this car" – they stop rejecting it and embrace it. Usefulness overcomes phobia. My stepmother refused to have a mobile phone until she discovered how handy they are. Now there's no stopping her.
How has technology changed your work as a standup?
Cordless mics were great when they came in, because I move about so much on stage, acting things out. With a cord, I'd be constantly yanking it and getting tangled up. Social media changed everything, too. I announced on Twitter at noon that I was doing a gig that night and managed to sell out a 500-seater in the Lake District by 8pm.
What's your most technologically advanced acting project?