Sunday, May 27, 2007

Full Circle

Eddie Izzard



by Matt Collar
British comic Eddie Izzard is many things, not the least of which is wickedly funny. The fact that he dresses in drag has always been a bit of an anomaly in regard to his comedic material in that it has so little to do with his act. Mostly, it serves as a kind of comedic "shock and awe" strategy to force his audiences to lighten up. Which is why the CD version of Circle is both an effective and inadequate document of his live show. On one hand, it allows you to fully focus on his dry wit, deep historical references, and train-of-thought jokes without the distraction of a slightly barrel-chested man in pumps. On the other hand, a slightly barrel-chested man in pumps is quite funny. That said, anyone familiar with Izzard's irreverent, intelligent brand of absurdist humor will find Circle highly enjoyable. Included on this performance from June 26, 2000, in New York City are Izzard's brilliant riffs on how the Pope is akin to Batman; how guns don't kill people, people kill people, and so will monkeys if they have guns; and how Jesus might have been a prophet to the dinosaurs. Much in the tradition of Monty Python, many Americans won't "get it," but that fact only heightens the pleasure for those who do.
1 Bastards and Make Up
2 Popeman
3 Philosophies With Strange Ideas
4 Monkeys and Guns
5 The Crusades
6 Jesus in Religions, Pt. 1
7 Americans
8 Jesus in Religions, Pt. 2
9 Jesus and the Dinosaurs
10 The Awesome Universe
11 Talk to the Animals
12 Mad European Cows
13 Hatred and Sharks
14 Greeks
15 Alternative Olympics
16 Highlights of History
17 World War II
18 Jesus and Man
19 The Future
20 The Deathstar Canteen

This file is presented as a complete show. No need to un-compress.


Anonymous said...

sacre bleu! superb comedy album from izzard.. this man is very funny and crazy.. i like his comedy style a lot.. get this, it's hysterical!!!! zen piper