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Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002)

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Town Hall, New York City, 26 June 2000. An evening with Eddie Izzard in which he moves back and forth in time, with religion as the loose but constant theme. He begins with Pope John Paul ... See full summary »

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Town Hall, New York City, 26 June 2000. An evening with Eddie Izzard in which he moves back and forth in time, with religion as the loose but constant theme. He begins with Pope John Paul II, and then criss-crosses to Pius XII, the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades and Jerusalem, the world's five major religions, the Dark Ages, Jesus, and the future. Along the way, Izzard makes observations about guns and monkeys, the World Series, the NRA and the IRA, mad cows, Socrates, the Stoned Olympics, the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, and the Mona Lisa. Izzard wears black nylons, black leather pants, a black jacket and a diamond necklace. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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During the taping, there was a failure in the sound system at the theater, resulting in a 25-minute delay while it was repaired. See more »

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Eddie: During the second world war Pope Pius the 12th was supposed to apologise not apologise, he was supposed to castigate Hitler for being a genocidal fuck-head with bunny rabbit ears. Um, but he didn't say that; he wimped out, and he's been renamed now, as Pope Gutless Barstard the first.
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Eddie goes full-circle in USA
29 July 2004 | by (Herts, Uk) – See all my reviews

I totally get it when peeps say that this isn't Eddie at his best.

I get it, but do you honestly blame him? Stuck out with those blimmin' dry humoured Yankies. I can feel like he's thinking' to himself "do I have to explain everything I say to this bunch??" and there is a lot of that going on. Like everything he's saying he's thinking too hard and trying to make sure they get it. But I think he's also conscious of this and tries to tone that side of it down a bit - god ain't it just a frustrating situation to be in?

I do like it, he raises some interesting stuff and makes a point of introducing a little foreign culture to an otherwise ignorant nation who don't even know what the hell's going on in their own town let alone their country and you can forget the rest of the world unless somebody tells them.

I can't imagine what the audience thought of Eddie and his great look. In england you're so used to flamboyance and decorative people. Unless you live in tiny village somewhere where the only shop consists of a post office and a broken down phone box...believe it or not there are still places like that even in Hertfordshire!

I wonder if Eddie broke throu the hearts of the American audience at all? He didn't go on about his love life, he didn't go on about wife beating, drinking down the local bar, he didn't go on about family or friends. He talked about really intellectual and fun stuff. I love it that he mentions World War 2 and Private Ryan unscared to touch upon such a 'tender' subject but without being overly offensive in anyway but just matter of fact. I love how different his stand-up is to most common sorts of stand-up. It isn't all "Don't you just hate it when" or "Have you ever walked down the street and noticed how..." or "I woke up one morning and found my wife sleeping with the milkman".

So although this isn't Eddie at his best it is still great viewing. He looks stunning (as always) in his leather and shiny black tight shirt get up. Very bondage come European wannabie cowboy. All he needs now is a cool hat and maybe even a nice little whip. And there are some very funny tangets he floats throu. At times I found myself laughing more at the bits where no one in the audience was laughing at and the bits the audience was laughing at I found myself zoning out completely feeling only vaguely amused. So it's a mixed bag full of fish (good and bad) and I say try it and then decide for yourself. :)


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