Funny As: Eddie Izzard Dress to Kill
Saturday, 9.30pm, ABC2 As you may know, English comedian Eddie Izzard likes to dress up. He doesn’t do drag (‘‘gay men have got that covered’’) but sees himself instead as an executive transvestite. ‘‘ Think of me as a male lesbian,’’ he says. Izzard doesn’t do fake boobs or dresses, and seems content at least in this performance to appear in a sexless Asian tunic (the kind of thing you might see on the head waiter in an upmarket Chinese restaurant) with androgynous hair, lippy and makeup, shiny trousers and open-toed, vaguely sensible high heels. On stage he looks like a cross between David Bowie and Ruby Wax. Though this twohour stand-up gig in San Francisco is incredibly old (1998), it is a powerhouse performance of Izzard’s comedy of ideas. Izzard is always more inclined to mine history for his material than current affairs. The sidesplitter here is a retelling of British history from Stonehenge to the Reformation with Izzard adopting a pope-on-a-rope Italian accent to talk to Henry VIII, as played by Sean Connery. Has all the makings of a great night in.