Eddie Izzard details his latest obsessions and his plans for hosting the Independent Spirit Awards

By Cecilia De La Paz
Updated March 05, 2010 03:00 PM
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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].”

1. His hosting plan does not include wardrobe changes: I’m a transvestite, I’m not a clothes-changer. The whole idea of changing your clothes all the time, it’s weird. What is that?

2. He’s not shy about his current obsessions: Sex, still interested in that. Running, lipstick, fighting – just fighting when someone’s got a problem with me. These are the things actual transvestites have to deal with.

3. He can never ‘do flats’: What’s the point of wearing a dress, putting on makeup, getting ready for a fight, and not wearing heels? Why don’t I just stay in bloke-mode?

4. He has his pilot’s license – but doesn’t get to use it very often: It’s tricky because when you do a film, they say that you can’t do any flying or skiing or eating mongoose. They rule out all the [fun] things.

5. He sleeps in the buff: I wear a hat sometimes.

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