Video of Eddie Izzard Accepting his Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism

Last week, actor/comedian Eddie Izzard accepted the 2013 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Humanist Community at Harvard, American Humanist Association, and Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics.

Video of his acceptance speech is now available online (Izzard appears around the 12:00 mark; the Q&A portion begins at 48:57):

I haven’t had a chance to watch it all yet, so please leave timestamps for your favorite moments along with summaries in the comments below!

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  • Corey Henderson

    If anyone finds a transcript of this speech, I’d appreciate a link. I can’t quite follow (deaf, lipreading) from the video.

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    34:15 – What kind of god requires so much praise. Izzard points out the absurdity of it:

    “Would you ever vote for anyone who says: ‘Vote for me and I will lead you. But before I lead you, I will need more praise than you’ve given anything. Start now, and then I’ll kick into gear.’”

    • OverlappingMagisteria

      ..and I hit the pause button too early to type that up cause the part afterwards had me almost rolling on the floor! Transcribing it won’t do justice.

      But I will anyway for the hearing impaired:

      [Eddie as leader]: I will lead you in this battle. Come! You know me. I am strong, I am good at this but first, some praise, if you will!

      [Eddie as a follower] – Oh elected leader, thou art phenomenal, that is great, we love what you do. And… you’re… quite tall…

      Leader: *very*

      Follower: …VERY tall. And Handsome beyond… better looking than… than a cat!

      Leader: Sing it mother fu -!

      Follower: (singing) Oohh Hallelujah! Hosanna….

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.kushner.33 Jason Kushner

    I have no problem with hAtetheists

    • baal

      I assume you’re making a joke about the misspellings on the award?

      If that’s not the case and this is a drive-by generic cutesy insult, could you let me know where you usually hang? I’d like to return the favor or at least make a general plea there that the xtians not do make name calling drive-bys. Many of us are willing to engage politely with you (though clearly not all of us).

    • Pattrsn

      Aren’t all theists hatetheists, one way or another?

  • Mairianna

    If I worshiped a god, Eddie Izzard would be it!

    • Mairianna

      No offense, Hemant…….

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      The holy trinity of comedy, then. George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Eddie Izzard.


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