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5 Things You Didn't Know About Indie Spirit Host Eddie Izzard | Eddie Izzard

5 Things You Didn't Know About Eddie Izzard

Originally posted 03/05/2010 03:00PM

Comedian Eddie Izzard will bring his signature dry – and sometimes wicked – sense of humor to his job hosting the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Friday in L.A. One thing he won't have: His typical cross-dressing ensemble of sequins and heels.

Instead, during the show being broadcast on the Independent Film Channel, he'll don "clothes," Izzard, 48, tells PEOPLE. "I thought of wearing things that are not clothes, like a sofa or vegetables, [but] I'm going to do it in boy mode."

Here are five things you might not know about the funnyman as he gets ready to host an awards show for the "first and only [time]."

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