Eddie Izzard's special gift

Personal stand-up show for terror victim

Eddie Izzard has given a private performance of his live show to a victim of the Mumbai terror attacks.

Will Pike had tickets to see the comic’s West End show, Stripped, before Christmas, but was unable to attend as he is recovering from serious injuries.

So his father, Nigel, asked Izzard if he would send a message of support to his bed-bound son at the South London spinal unit where he is being treated.

According to The Times, the comic decided to go much further, and performed the entire 90-minute routine at the hospital bedside. ‘It was a great thing to do,’ Nigel said.

Will, from Hampstead, North London, had attempted to flee the terrorists in the Taj Mahal hotel by climbing down from his hotel room using an improvised rope made from bedsheets. But it gave way, causing him to fall three storeys.

The 28-year-old broke three of his vertebrae, both his arms and shattered his pelvis and is still unable to move his legs.

Published: 1 Jan 2009

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