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Comedian Eddie Izzard has already established himself as one of the foremost Stand-Ups of this generation, shattering box office records with his latest show ‘Stripped,’ and now the funny man is set to make the rounds in South Africa to help raise funds for the ongoing work of the Nelson Mandela charitable organizations.

In conjunction with 46664 and Real Concerts, Izzard will perform for five nights on 2 and 3 February 2010 at The Mandela Theatre; The Johannesburg Theatre in Johannesburg; on 4 and 5 February in Cape Town at the ICC Auditorium 1 and on 6 February at Durban ICC in Hall 1 AB.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to perform in South Africa to help raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities,” explained Izzard, “It is because of this iconic world leader, Madiba, that I have the privilege of performing my show to a live audience in what is now a free country and at a very significant time in the country’s history.”

February 11th 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela walking free from his 27 years incarceration. This historic world event was the foundation that brought freedom to a country that was once segregated and full of turmoil. It is because of this hugely significant moment that South Africa is now able to welcome many global, cultural and entertaining events.

“By using the universal language of sport, music and entertainment we can deliver messages of care, prevention and hope to the youth and young adults of the world,” said Tim Massey, International Director of 46664, “This is the first time we will be partnering with comedy and we are delighted and extremely grateful that Eddie accepted our invitation to come and perform in South Africa. We hope this will be the first of many more 46664 comedy events to come.”

This weekend, Izzard will join an elite group of performers when he becomes the fourth ever comedian to play New York’s prestigious Madison Square Garden.

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