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Plot: Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... Runtime: 115 mins Release Date: 13 Jun 1999
So I'm at home, flipping channels one night, and I come across this man wearing heels and makeup, standing in front of a colored background on HBO. Naturally, I did a double-take and decided I'd watch for a little while. I didn't change the channel until he was finished, it was so incredibly hilarious. The next time it was on, I made sure to tape it so I could watch it over and over again, and it has remained one of my favorite things to watch. During the first couple of minutes, you can tell that the audience isn't quite sure what to think, but he quickly wins them over with <more>
his incredible humor and wit. While many stand-up comedians mesh together in my brain, Eddie Izzard stands out as one of the best. His style is incredibly refreshing, and it is nice to hear jokes about things like history and puberty when most comedians stick to current events. His show stayed with me afterwards. I went to Italy over the summer, and all I could think about while I was there was how "Italians are always on scooters going 'CIAO...'" 10 out of 10. See it. You won't regret it.
I love Eddie Izzard. I think this is awesome, and the other television specials should be looked at as well. He has a good book "Dress To Kill" out to buy as well, which I think people should read. I loved that this program won an Emmy, and anyone who likes history will probably get a laugh from Eddie. Enjoy :
Tremendous! (by MALPRACTICE)
I had no idea that Mr. Izzard was so damn funny, It really boggles the mind that he is not more well known! His command over the crowd and his timing is perfect.The monologue about Star Wars will kill ya too! If only all the stand up performers had his wit...
Sometimes funny, sometimes annoying (by Quinoa1984)
Watching this HBO comedy special on TV, I found that I understood much of the comedy, and this is from someone who is not a hardcore fan of Monty Python and British comedy in general. But having said that did this special keep me in perfect attention and laughter, no. When you watch Eddie Izzard on the stage, he is in drag and makeup, and when you see that, it might be a little hard to understand when he starts to rant off on U.S. History. Still, there were many parts of the special that had me laughing or at the least thinking, which is what comedy should do most of the time. But the overall <more>
problem was that after a comedy thing like that I try to remember somethings from what I heard, but Izzard crams so much in you don't remember much afterwards like being abducted by aliens . But having said that, this Eddie Izzard stand up was probably his best effort and brings some great light on Hitler, Star Wars, Vegetarians and Liars my favorite was "meat or cake? I think I'll take the cake. oh, ok then" . B
John Cleese says he's the funniest man in England! (by AlabamaWorley1971)
Excellent stuff. See the world's only Executive Transvestite. I'd do underwater sexy-sexy with him any old time.
Izzard at his best (by CharltonBoy)
This is another gem of a stand up show from Eddie Izzard . You cannot fail to laugh at the wide range of topics he talks about. He even takes the piss out of his American audiance at times and most of them didnt even realise it! A must see for anybody who likes comedians. 9 out of 10.
Mr Stevens (by tedg)
As a break from long form narrative, I have been watching a lot of films of standup comics. It is one of the most puzzling things I have done recently. Nothing tells you more in a short time about someone than what they find funny. Part of that is the structure of the humor, the core of what I've been studying. But it is worth remarking that some component is what we want to believe is funny. Some of that is physical group dynamics; we join in groups in order to laugh. A related affiliation is incorporated into the humor -- race and class comedians exploit this. Sometimes you leave just <more>
feeling dirty afterwards by the association.I think Chris Rock brilliantly exploits this by alternately seducing us into joining a group and then allowing us to make fun of ourselves for doing so. Izzard works with a quite different sort of humor. I think I will characterize it as similar to Rock, but instead of joining a group, he tricks us into joining a narrative or reminding us of a narrative we already joined. Then instead of directly making fun of it or us, he takes it seriously to an extreme. This allows us to think we are laughing at him rather than ourselves, removing that barrier of ironic self-loathing. Underscoring this is his persona as a self-hating, ugly transvestite. Being a successful standup comic must be one of the hardest, most fragile things you can do. If you can do it and have the audience leave actually feeling better -- well, that is a gift.Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
I never meant to become an addict, but somehow the compulsive need to quote Eddie Izzard developed gradually after seeing Dress to Kill for the first time a few years ago. There is a cult following of Mr. Izzard, and it is really distressing to see GenXers quoting his every joke to death. It's not only distressing--but it's annoying, too. The problem is, I'm as guilty as anybody else. He sucks you in. You watch it once and you laugh. You watch it again and you nod and laugh hysterically. The third, fourth, fifth time you watch it, you start saying his jokes along with him--and you <more>
STILL laugh. After a while, you start playing the CD or DVD out of habit, or when friends come over. Before you know it, you're busting a gut every time you see a squirrel eating a grapefr-- I mean a nut. But as much as I hate to criticize other Eddie Izzard fans, I think there is an actual problem when we call him an intellectual. I don't mean to be elitist, but Mr. Izzard is far from the intellegencia! A critic once commented that Izzard's strength is not his depth of knowledge, but rather his breadth. Just be careful when you comment on how intellectual his comedy is. You really risk sounding kind of--sorry, but--unlearned.
A bit of Trivia b/c I can't figure out how to submit Trivia: In the backdrop of this performance, one of the images isGeorge Serat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" painting seen best in chapter 18 , this painting is the subject of a Sonheim musical Sunday in the Park with George.A bit of Trivia b/c I can't figure out how to submit Trivia: In the backdrop of this performance, one of the images isGeorge Serat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" painting seen best in chapter 18 , this painting is the subject of a <more>