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Suffers only by comparison to "D2K"
on August 23, 2006
It can be said that Eddie Izzard burning at half-light is still brighter than most comedians working today. Monsieur Izzard is admittedly more distracted now, with film work coming first and standup comedy as second priority, but what comes through loud and clear here is the continued workings of a brilliant comedic mind. Sure, it's not "Dress To Kill" (D2K), but it is worth the price of admission for the dedicated Izzardite.
There were two releases of the "Sexie" show, this audio-only version and a DVD release, with this being the better and more lively of the two. It was recorded in Brighton, a town known for its understated wildness going back several generations, and the energy is contagious. The DVD, available for British regions only, was recorded at a performance in Eastbourne which is essentially a retirement community - that was a mistake. The audience has no energy, and more than a little confusion and fear, with Eddie having to make up the difference all by himself. Not fun to watch. There's an extra feature on that package, though, of Eddie with his dad, which is touching as well as funny and worth seeing once if you get the chance.
If you use "Dress To Kill" as the yardstick by which to measure Eddie's more recent work, you're going to be disappointed no matter what he does. In the process of doing so, you will miss some entertaining and funny stuff.