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Eddie Izzard to perform show in Russian as thanks for war effort

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Jun 06, 2014 | 8:44am EDT

Funnyman Eddie Izzard is planning to thank Russians for their part in helping the Allies win World War II by performing a show in their native tongue. The British comedian will play three gigs in English, French and German on Friday (06Jun14) as part of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, when Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy to liberate occupied France. He has now announced plans to follow up his trio of shows in Caen, France by learn Russian for an even more ambitious stunt in 2019, insisting the country does not get enough credit for its efforts to oust Adolf Hitler. Izzard wants to perform four shows - in English, French, German and Russian - when the 75th anniversary of D-Day rolls around. He tells Sky News, "On the 75th anniversary in five years' time I'm going to come back and do a Russian show as well, because Russians need to be included in that because they fought so hard."

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