Izzy Fertel has been described by others as ‘Tiny Tim’s Tiny Tim’. So in awe of Tiny was he that Izzy attempted to follow in Tiny’s footsteps, getting a job as a messenger boy (Tiny had worked as a messenger boy for Loews/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 50s) and taking the occasional gig on the amateur circuit. As eccentric as his mentor, Izzy is reported to have been obsessed with winter weather, and would move around from state to state in search of snow. He also is said to have occasionally performed dressed as a woman, calling himself Isadora. As he once said: ‘If I were a woman – and how I wish I were – I’d probably be a lesbian’.
Izzy made several appearances on a show called ‘Oddville’, broadcast by MTV in the States in 1997: I’ve found listings for appearances in July, August and September that year, and for the first he is listed as ‘feminist Izzy Fertel’: on at least one of those episodes, which is available on YouTube, he appeared in a pink dress and earrings, singing a song about how he wanted to be talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael. It looks like one of Izzy's last TV appearances was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on 3 August 2004.