Friday, June 4, 2010

Eddie Izzard - Marathon Man

Eddie Izzard videos are fairly popular on atheist blogs and websites.  He's a very funny comedian, and he often talks about God and creationism in his act, and in interviews and such. Recently he has had a show on the BBC called Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man.  In it, he runs 6 marathons a week for 7 weeks straight around the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland); a total of 1,160 miles.  Note that Izzard has never been a runner, and at the beginning, was not in spectacular shape at all.  This is all in an effort to raise money for Sport Relief (which you can learn more about here).

I've only watched the first episode, but I'm already excited to watch the rest of it this weekend.  He is of course very funny throughout the show, dealing with aches, pains and blisters with scathing wit and sarcasm, specifically toward his support staff.  But we also get to learn a lot about him.  To distract himself during his runs, he talks with the camera crew, and the occasional running partner, about his transvestitism, and his mother, who died of cancer when he was 6.  On his journey, he visits the house where he last lived with is mother in Wales.  Through it all, we get to see his extraordinary determination and strength.  Although religion was not mentioned in the show (at least in the first episode), it's such an inspiration to see him doing this to help others, as a fellow atheist and humanist.

The episodes are up on YouTube.  (Here is the first part of Episode 1; each episode appears to be broken into 6 videos.  You'll have to follow the links to the rest of the episode on your own.)  I thought some of you might find it enjoyable and inspirational, as I did.

BTW:  For any of you Dr. Who fans out there, David Tennant narrated the documentary.  I'm running on all my geeky cylinders now!
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