Funny As: Ed­die Iz­zard Dress to Kill

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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