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Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999)

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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 and of Western empires, and the need for a European dream. Along the way, he dramatizes Dr. Heimlich's search for a maneuver, the naming of Engelbert Humperdinck, Scooby and Shaggy as archetypes, Neil Armstrong on the moon, society's tolerance of mass murderers, how we sing anthems and carols, Hollywood adapting British films, JFK's trip to Berlin, thoughts on puberty, and how to work schoolbook-French phrases into Parisian conversation. Closeups catch the glint in his eye and his carefully-applied make-up. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Eddie Izzard says subsumed when he means subdued. See more »

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Eddie: The Heimlich maneuver, developed by doctor Heimlich, who woke up one night obviously - a fist, a hand, hoocha, hoocha, hoocha... lobster. Yes,
[in German accent]
Eddie: Hilda, Hilda, wake up!
[in German accent]
Eddie: Ah, what is it doctor Heimlich?
[in German accent]
Eddie: Why are you calling me doctor Heimlich, I am your husband for fuckI~s sake. Loosen up, don't be so fucking Prussian.
[in German accent]
Eddie: Well, what is it Gunther?
[in German accent]
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Alcatraz Jazz
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He's still got it!
29 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Recorded at the Stage Door Theatre in San Franciso one night in 1998. Eddie Izzard delivers over 70 minutes of scatological material to a sold out crowd. He covers everything from the greta escape, the British empire, being a transvestite to Star Wars and puberty. Along the way he even has to deal with a heckler!

By 1998 Izzard had started to try and get into films and had had a huge amount of exposure and had been piled high with awards for his comedy. However his Dressed to Kill show proved that he hadn't lost his edge – even if the material for this show was wheeled out over a US and UK tour, he still managed to make it fresh as if it was all coming to him there and then.

In some ways the fame shows – he enters the stage flamboyantly from a purple rose in a huge dress. However his material is as good as ever and seems no different from his early shows – fame has certainly not gone to his head.

Despite that fact that some of his humour goes straight over the heads of the American audience it is still great – but when did the US ever appreciate surreal UK humour on a massive scale (except in retrospect)? Some of his material is a little stale, but he injects everything with crazy ideas and energy so that even when he goes off track a bit (dealing with the heckler) he still manages to be hilarious!

Overall I hope Izzard never totally goes after his film career and that he'll be on the standup circuit for many, many years to come.


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