But who is Sarah Mc Guinness and why has a buzz been growing around the virtually unknown singer for the past few weeks?
Earlier in the day I had discovered her remarkable story and pieced together her true identity. She is listed as a composer mainly known for soundtracking Eddie Izzard's hugely successful videos over the past 14 years. Pictures abound of her looking raven-haired and sultry.
He had a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in films such as Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, and Valkyrie.
He has also worked as a voice actor in The Wild (2006), Igor (2008), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and Cars 2 (2011).
The lights cascade down in neon green and flashing blue, the electronic music pounds to a climax as Eddie Izzard walks smartly on stage in high-heeled boots, jeans and tails, looks out at the packed Parisian audience, puts up his hand to silence the applause and breaks into… This is quite a good opening joke, since his devotees – and true Izzardians are every bit as committed in their fandom as Star Trek or Dr Who fans – all know that his next goal (having conquered French) is to learn German (for performing purposes, as well as world peace), then Spanish, Russian and Arabic (ditto).
Not only is he striving to be an endurance athlete – as witnessed by his recent marathons, with more to come – but he is clearly set on becoming an endurance linguist, too.
The British comic and self-proclaimed Marathon Man is currently in South Africa, raising money for Sport Relief by attempting to run 27 marathons in 27 days despite battling heat, exhaustion and potential injuries. We are obsessed by the genders because we grow up in one gender or another. He added: “It all comes back to Nelson Mandela: Try and put something into the world, and leave something positive.Izzard's website won the Yahoo People's Choice Award After his split with Ballard, Izzard spent a great deal of the early 1980s working as a street performer in Europe and the United States.He then moved his act into the stand-up comedy venues of Britain.Izzard has cited his main comedy role model as Monty Python, and John Cleese once referred to him as the "Lost Python".He has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his comedy special Dress to Kill, in 2000.There's the odd moment that falls flat, which provokes a sheepish smile and a mimed note on his hand, "Birmingham not interested in that", but mostly it's delicious. Every woman in the world fancies this short, pale, chunky man who first became famous for going on stage in a frock and, quite frankly, didn't look that great in the frock, or the PVC skirt, or the shiny red suit, but is so funny, and so magnetic, and so compelling that you don't care.