Eddie Izzard - Circle
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TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES
- Menus in English, Spanish, and French
- Dress to Circle (Paris, raw cut) (in French)
- Trivia track
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True, it is not nearly as funny as his other material, at least not this performance. And the bonus documentary on the disc explains why. In addition to being shouted at mid-show, the previous evening had the production team sweating over the sound blowing out with Eddie having to shout "from ze diaphragm," trying a cord mic, and having to apologize and take an intermission to fix the tech, keeping his cool the whole time. This one is still a brilliant and triumphant performance with gold material.
The documentary itself is also well worth it, including a drunk interview and the like.
So in the end, if you know Eddie Izzards style, get this. If not, introduce yourself to it with another of his shows, and pick this one up later.
I love all the blasphemous bits and I looooved the sign-language monkey bit - "If you don't have a banaaaaner then I'm not talking to you."
Like Eddie Izzard's black and rather butch get-up, a very tight, slick piece of work. In fact if I had a criticism, I'd say it's almost too slick. For me, one of the highlights of an Izzard performance is when he talks about his personal experiences - especially his adventures as a transvestite - surely a topic that no other stand-up comedian covers, has covered, and probably will ever cover.
On the other hand, the DVD includes a documentary about the show tour, which includes an attempted interview with Eddie at a New York after-show party, but he's drunk ... and rambles semi-coherently until he cracks himself up so hard he almost implodes in helpless laughter. Priceless.
I AM SOOOOOOO GLAD I DID!!
True, there are parts that hint at material used in his later acts, HOWEVER - it is only that, a HINT. He explores these ideas in areas that are completely different from Glorious and Dressed to Kill. So fear not that you will receive nothing but repeat material.
That laid to rest, I must say that the audience Does get much of what he says, and in true Izzard fashion - he comments on what "they are not going for..." and where "he lost them" in a way that serves to capture the humor and continue the energy/momentum of the act.
Delighted by his wit and intellectual humor (where very low brow things are described in a highbrow way & highbrow things are done so in a lowbrow way) Circle is a precursor to his later shows yet a success in it's own right.
I highly recommend this DVD, even AFTER seeing and owning Glorious and Dressed to Kill. Izzard is original all the time (he never writes out his act, but rather improvises on a roughly outlined idea). Thus, while some themes may be continuous throughout his different acts, there is always something different, unique, and oh so Eddie.
Secondly, the ad lib. There are tons and tons of asides during this show. From organ music at baseball games to guns in Ireland to a TV program featuring a not so friendly shark, Circle is rich with poignant, awesome (like a hot dog?) or rather awe-inspiring flits of quick witted fancy. Eddie's years of improv experience keeps him on his comedic toes. His brilliant if sudden lapses into the bizzare confirms this. These asides, I think, add to the wandering, rambling structure to this show. But, those who are not into conversational comics probably wouldn't like Eddie anyway and should stick to comics who write their shows and repeat verbatum.
Thirdly, the complaint that Eddie appears tired. Perhaps its all the purple. A great deal of this show, as in other Izzard shows, is performance comedy or pantomime. Eddie goes through the motions of a monkey communicating by signing. He pantomimes conversations between God and Jesus. He pursues happiness with a gun. Yeah, a lot of time he just stands there as he talks...he is a Stand Up Comedian!
Lastly, the transvestite thing. In circle, he doesn't cover his transvestism that much...probably because he's famous enough now he doesn't feel he needs to.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would marry this man in a heart beat! Hilarious and smart! Plus I could barrow his high heels :)Published 1 month ago by carina
Awesome, Eddie Izzard is an amazing comedian who doesn't get by on dick jokes or stupid humor. He takes historical events, and people and cultures and puts a comical spin on them... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tom K
Not my favorite of Eddie's even though there's some unforgettable stuff here like the Death Star Canteen. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jasminny
Having seen several of his shows, most recently finally able to see Force Majeure in person, I have to say this show contains some of Eddie's classic bits. Very enjoyable.Published 19 months ago by Greyhound37
I am not under a spell of neither performing nor presentation of this actor.
Maybe, I should watch more of his works to get his humour.
It's the best history lesson I have ever had! Add 'Dress to Kill' and you are in for a great time!Published 22 months ago by Allison Hutcheson