Although normally reserved for upcoming musical performances, I feel it necessary to include comedian Eddie Izzard in the list of imminent tour dates. It has been nearly six years since the acclaimed comedy staple has embarked on a stand-up comedy tour and information such as this cannot be ignored.
Eddie Izzard has been a performing stand-up since he was unceremoniously ejected from the University of Sheffield and began working as a street performer during the eighties. He slowly began to grow in notoriety throughout England and eventually took his act to stand-up comedy clubs that began popping up throughout Britain. He continued refining his material and, after several successful comedy tours, he gained noted public appeal as the result of his “Dress to Kill” tour, whose video was regularly run on HBO. Izzard continued performing stand-up, but his growing public demand allowed for a successful transition into other facets of entertainment, including various voice-over projects, numerous roles in major motion pictures, and the lead character of Wayne Malloy on FX network’s defunct drama series The Riches beside co-lead Minnie Driver.
Izzard’s comedic style is noted for his rambling stream-of-consciousness that often jumps from one obscure reference to the next. He never performs via prepared script, a characteristic he attributes to his dyslexia, and he is heavily influenced by the work of Monty Python. John Cleese, a member of said comedy troupe, once referred to Izzard as the “lost Python.” His jokes regularly address issues of history, religion, popular culture, language, and anthropomorphized household appliances with occasional injected references to monkeys, badgers, and jam.
Oh yeah, Izzard is also known to occasionally cross-dress, touting himself as an “executive” transvestite as opposed to a “weirdo” transvestite such as J. Edgar Hoover, and dismisses claims that he is homosexual by saying he is either a “straight transvestite” or a “male lesbian.” He regularly addresses this delicate disctintion in his act with lines like, “It is my manifest destiny to wear a dress on all seven continents.”
Big Intimacy (Stripped Too) Tour Dates:
Jan 8 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jan 9 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theater
Jan 12 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Jan 16 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jan 21 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jan 23 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Jan 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theater
Jan 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theater