The British comedian's latest tour, which continues tonight and tomorrow at the
Tuesday night, Izzard, clad in a sharp dark suit and fingernails clad in crimson (he remains, after all, a very visible "action transvestite"), careened from one topic to the next over a generous two hours, cleaved by a 20-minute intermission.
Opening with ruminations on human sacrifice -- "That always gets a laugh, and I don't know why," Izzard observed -- before leaping to the metric system, singing dogs atop English monarchs' heads,
Izzard also sprinkled callbacks to some of his greatest hits throughout the night:
It sounds like free-associative chaos -- and, occasionally, a comedic digression would lead Izzard, his expressions and gestures helping emphasize the blizzard of punchlines and non sequiturs, down a dead end -- but played like anything but. (As if to underscore the method behind the madness, Izzard picked up the thread of human sacrifice again near the end of his first set, some 50 minutes after first mentioning it.)
The near-capacity crowd, often laughing so loud as to drown out the first few words of the following joke, was with Izzard from the moment he appeared on the stylishly appointed stage, clutching an umbrella and doffing his bowler hat. The Force Majeure tour returned Izzard to the
The 52-year-old comedian has retained -- and, arguably, greatly expanded upon -- his love of language throughout his career (he explained Tuesday that he's performing his current tour in, among other tongues, French, German and Spanish). That deep and abiding glossophilia leads to some nuanced yet screamingly funny set-ups, including a recurring motif of using et, voila to extricate one's self from awkward situations.
Izzard has also grown subtly more political over the last 15 years, weaving in pointed jabs at the
The entire evening was a giddy, heady, silly mixture.
Big ideas about humanism, tolerance, awareness and religion collided with chickens as military (and financial) advisors, an epic duel between God and
Talk about a force that's superior and irresistible -- Izzard stands alone as a comic unafraid of making you think almost as hard as he makes you laugh.
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