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click to enlarge Eddie Izzard at HSU's Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 20
  • Eddie Izzard at HSU's Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 20

While Humboldt prepares for another scenic marathon this weekend, don’t expect megastar/running enthusiast Eddie Izzard to lace up. He needs a break.

In May, the English actor/comedian traveled to South Africa to raise money and awareness for South African charities. The angle? Izzard aimed to run 27 marathons in 27 days in tribute to the 27 years Nelson Mandela spent as a political prisoner, all the while filming a documentary and speaking to locals about Mandela’s life and legacy.

Well, he didn’t make it. After only a respectable four marathons, Izzard found himself hospitalized due to the “severe terrain, humidity and altitude” of the region. Yeah, that makes sense. But amazingly, Izzard announced on his website that he plans to return to South Africa and complete his exhausting endeavor.

“I owe that to Nelson Mandela who has inspired the world to struggle and succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown at us,” he writes.

Dude’s hardcore. In the meantime, Eddie will stroll through the much more temperate climates of Humboldt when he graces HSU’s Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 20. This is a remarkably intimate venue for the artist at this stage in his wildly successful career. Just last month, he released Stripped, a concert film recorded live at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In the event that you weren't able to secure a (pricey $55) ticket, Izzardphiles can look forward to his heavily made-up take on "Grandpa" in Mockingbird Lane, NBC's reboot of the '60s sitcom The Munsters. The pilot episode, which still has not been greenlighted to be a series at this point, airs on Friday, Oct. 26.

For more info, head to humboldt.edu/centerarts and/or eddieizzard.com.

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