Eddie Izzard headlining at Mayrhofen's Altitude Festival

Posted by Liz Woods 4th March 2013

The news announced today that Eddie Izzard is to headline Altitude, comedy festival in Mayrhofen this year, has made us MadDogSki girls very happy. We are heading out there for the week and can't wait to see our heroes of comedy. Monsieur Izzard will be joined by the likes of John Bishop and Marcus Brigstock – we are giggling already at the sheer joy of it. Comedy, snow, Glühwein - what could be better? The snow is great, it's not a top-dollar peak season week, and this festival is just the icing on the cake - if you've not been skiing already this year (and even if you have) this is the time to go!

Altitude Festival announce headline act

Eddie Izzard profile shotDescribed by John Cleese as ‘the lost Python’, he was listed at number three in the 100 Greatest British National Comedians for Channel 4's 100 Greatest Comedians of All Time countdown. Hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of this generation, he’s got almost too much talent for just one stage and has stormed the acting world too, with major US roles such as General Erich Fellgiebel in Valkyrie with Tom Cruise, Roman Nagel in Oceans Twelve & Oceans Thirteen alongside George Clooney & Al Pacino and he’s even been in The Simpsons. He’s one of the funniest people on the planet and one of the nicest comedians to boot and he is sure to bring the house down in Mayrhofen.

What is Altitude Festival?

A truly unique event that fuses the adrenalin rush of a ski holiday with the madcap thrills of a top notch comedy festival. Altitude, now in its seventh year, is the brainchild of Andrew Maxwell and Marcus Brigstocke and has seen the pantheon of comedy's greatest stars gracing its line-up in previous years. This year is no exception and headliner Eddie Izzard will be joining a litany of previously announced comics including, as previously mentioned, the UK’s hottest comic right now John Bishop, Germany’s No.1 comedian Michael Mittermeier, Scotland’s comedy prodigy Daniel Sloss and Never Mind the Buzzcocks veteran Phill Jupitus. Plus Craig Campbell, Benny Boot, Brendon Burns, Phil Nichol, Howard Marks, Rob Beckett, Keith Farnan, Mark Walker Kai Humphries, The International Impro Allstars; Andy Smart & Steve Frost and Paul Provenza (The Aristocrats, Northern Exposure & The West Wing) & Troy Conrad’s hit LA show SETLIST, all in one of Europe’s most beautiful ski resorts, Mayrhofen, Austria.
Altitude festival logo

Ticket information

 Full Week Festival Wristband - £169
 Discount Tickets for groups of 10 or more! - Call 0844 888 9991 if buying 10 tickets or more and get them for £150 each (plus booking fee)

Accommodation packages are also available:
Hotels, Bed & Breakfast 5 nights (based on 2 sharing) INC. week wristband
2* From £349pp extra nights £40
3* From £449pp extra nights £55
4* from £459pp extra nights £65


2012 performer quotes

“Altitude is awesome!” – Tim Minchin

“People, save your pennies for next years Altitude Festival, skiing all day, and 3 amazing comedy shows each night!” Andy Smart

“Played #altitude Festival in Mayrhofen Austria last night. It's on till Friday with incredible bills. Go.”  Jimmy Carr

“I had a f*cking blast! Cannot wait for next year.” Rufus Hound

“Well done to everyone involved Altitude Comedy got a good thing going here! Hopefully be back next year. Yaldy.” Kevin Bridges

“Altitude Festival is blinding so far.  Seen some unbelievably good comedy - it’s been a pleasure to play. Have to say Mayrhofen is beautiful.” Marcus Brigstocke

“Massive thanks to all the crew and artist for making it a very special week roll on next year.” Dub Pistols


About the author

Liz Woods joined the team in 2005 and is a new but enthusiastic convert to skiing. Liz looks after the office and our book warehouse. She also has the tough job of keeping us organised and for helping to keep maddogski.com up to date.

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