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EDDIE IZZARD (Nigel) has a really nice day providing the voice of this cantankerous but cuddly koala.

Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of his generation. He takes ideas and situations and extrapolates them into bizarre tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives. He is the first to admit that he gets paid well for talking total bollocks. The good pay is because, unlike the bollocks most of us talk, it's funny.

Since his first stage appearance on London's West End in 1993 in the one-man show "Live at the Ambassadors,” Eddie has inhabited a unique world of his own "carefully crafted rubbish.” "Live at the Ambassadors” was followed by a succession of shows including "Unrepeatable” in 1994, 1996's "Definite Article,” "Glorious” in 1997, "Dress to Kill” in 1998, and the 2000 production "Circle.”

After spending his early years in some of the London circuit's less salubrious comedy dens, Eddie now plays to arenas, previously only the domain of the top names in pop and rock ‘n' roll. Whatever the size of the stage, though, he continues to address agenda-topping issues such as: Does the God of Chaos live in a caravan? Did Flipper really say that Mao Tse Tung had taken over mainland China? And what happened when Darth Vader tried to order Penne Arrabiata in the works canteen?

Eddie's musings on topics of this type have earned him some top awards from Time Out and the Perrier Panel. "Live at the Ambassadors” received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement. He won the British Comedy Award for Top Stand-Up Comedian in 1993 and 1996, and "Dress to Kill” earned him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys®.

Renowned as a comic, Izzard is also a major film, theater and TV actor. His stage appearances include Mamet's "The Cryptogram,” "900 Oneonta,” the title role in Marlowe's "Edward II,” and "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” in London and on Broadway—which won him a handful of awards, including a Tony® nomination for Best Actor. His big-screen debut was alongside Bob Hoskins and Robin Williams in the 1996 movie "Secret Agent.” Other highlights in his movie career include "The Avengers” with Sean Connery, "Velvet Goldmine” with Ewan McGregor, "All the Queen's Men” opposite Matt LeBlanc, and "Revengers Tragedy” with Christopher Eccleston.

In 2001, Eddie enjoyed great U.S. and U.K. reviews for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Peter Bogdanovich's "The Cat's Meow.” In 2004, he was seen in "Blueberry,” a mystical Western co-starring Michael Madsen and Juliette Lewis; he delighted children and adults alike as the voice of the Sand Fairy in Disney's "Five Children and It” alongside Kenneth Branagh and Zoe Wannamaker; and he appeared briefly in Steven Soderbergh's caper sequel "Ocean's Twelve” opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

Audiences will soon have the opportunity to see Eddie demonstrate his musical flair in "Romance and Cigarettes,” a Coen Brothers production directed by John Turturro, starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. He will also be appearing in the upcoming Ivan Reitman film "Super Ex-Girlfriend,” starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson, and is developing a pilot for the F/X Network.

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