Eddie Izzard lives in a wibbly-wobbly little world of his own. It is a world where animals converse, elephants ski, fruit plots to take over the world and daleks do the plumbing. This live show is taken from his sell-out 1997 tour and features none of the above subjects, but many things like them. Ermm... yeah... groovy.
, Eddie Izzard's stand-up routine takes a little bit of Robin Williams, a little bit of Jerry Seinfeld, even a little bit of Bob Newhart, but the final mix is absolutely his own and dizzily funny. It's not so much the subjects of his humour--though not many comics make jokes about classical mythology or evil giraffes--as it is the way he fluidly skips from thing to thing in a madcap free-associative whirl. He lulls you by seeming casual and almost sloppy, but when he needs to be precise his gestures and mimicry are razor sharp. There have been a million tired jokes made about trying to get a shower to stay at the right temperature, but Izzard manages to make even that funny. He's even funnier when he's imitating Sean Connery as Noah, trying to convince God that a speedboat would make a much better photo opportunity than an ark, or playing a beekeeper flirting with someone passing on the street. Much of the giddiness comes from his astounding sense of spontaneity. Half the show seems to have been made up on the spot, and if it wasn't, your mind boggles wondering how he could have possibly written something so ridiculous and yet appropriate. Though he uses a number of four-letter words, his humour is surprisingly clean, and even the most frank vulgarities seems like a bit of impish innocence coming out his mouth. Glorious indeed. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com