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Eddie Izzard: Glorious 1997

  • Peter Richardson
  • November 17, 1997
  • 99 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Documentary
Eddie Izzard's routine has a loose trajectory from the beginning of the Old Testament and the creation of the world in seven days to Revelations. Along the way, we learn of the search for a career, bad giraffes, Prince Philip's gaffes, toilets in French campsites, the mysteries of hopscotch, becoming one's Dad and tranny bashing.

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I have to review this, because I was there in the audience for this show. Right at the front, second row, bang in the middle.

The funny thing was that we actually had tickets for the circle, but upon joining the queue, a member of staff asked if anyone had circle tickets, and we were the first ones in the queue who did... we were then taken inside along with some others and shown to the front of the theatre... We chose the second row because we didn't want to be too conspicuous, but made sure to get the dead centre seats.

We were not disappointed either, Eddie put on a fantastic show and had the whole audience in stitches. I know he gets a lot of flack for how his shows reuse a lot of old material... But his shows are ever evolving and a lot of the seemingly unscripted stuff is actually woven in brilliantly to seem that way. It's all part of his genius.

Now without trying to sound like a pompous dickhead... I do know what makes for good comedy, I performed as a comedian on the UK standup circuit for 4yrs, I was runner up in both the BBC and Daily Telegraph new comedy awards and I only stopped performing due to a health issue... After a couple of years I just never went back to it and instead started earning a decent living.

So I think I know a thing or two about what makes a comedian average, good or great... I've worked with hundreds of them, seen hundreds more. Some of those names are now very famous and in movies as big name stars. Some are no longer around... including myself you could say.

But Eddie is one of the greats and this performance is no exception... Watch it, laugh you arses off and then wish you could be that funny... For the record, I'm not one of the unsung greats... I was good though. :)

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