Circle

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
British comic Eddie Izzard is many things, not the least of which is wickedly funny. The fact that he dresses in drag has always been a bit of an anomaly in regard to his comedic material in that it has so little to do with his act. Mostly, it serves as a kind of comedic "shock and awe" strategy to force his audiences to lighten up. Which is why the CD version of Circle is both an effective and inadequate document of his live show. On one hand, it allows you to fully focus on his dry wit, deep historical references, and train-of-thought jokes without the distraction of a slightly barrel-chested man in pumps. On the other hand, a slightly barrel-chested man in pumps is quite...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
British comic Eddie Izzard is many things, not the least of which is wickedly funny. The fact that he dresses in drag has always been a bit of an anomaly in regard to his comedic material in that it has so little to do with his act. Mostly, it serves as a kind of comedic "shock and awe" strategy to force his audiences to lighten up. Which is why the CD version of Circle is both an effective and inadequate document of his live show. On one hand, it allows you to fully focus on his dry wit, deep historical references, and train-of-thought jokes without the distraction of a slightly barrel-chested man in pumps. On the other hand, a slightly barrel-chested man in pumps is quite funny. That said, anyone familiar with Izzard's irreverent, intelligent brand of absurdist humor will find Circle highly enjoyable. Included on this performance from June 26, 2000, in New York City are Izzard's brilliant riffs on how the Pope is akin to Batman; how guns don't kill people, people kill people, and so will monkeys if they have guns; and how Jesus might have been a prophet to the dinosaurs. Much in the tradition of Monty Python, many Americans won't "get it," but that fact only heightens the pleasure for those who do.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778668922
  • Catalog Number: 86689
  • Sales rank: 144,777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro
  2. 2 Bastards and Makeup
  3. 3 Pope Man
  4. 4 Philosophies with Strange Ideas
  5. 5 Monkeys and Guns
  6. 6 The Crusades
  7. 7 Jesus in Religion Pt. 1
  8. 8 Americans
  9. 9 Jesus in Religion Pt. 2
  10. 10 Jesus and the Dinosaurs
  11. 11 The Awesome Universe
  12. 12 Talk to the Animals
  13. 13 Mad European Cows
  14. 14 Hatred and Sharks
  15. 15 Greeks
  16. 16 Alternative Olympics
  17. 17 Highlights of History
  18. 18 World War II
  19. 19 Jesus and Man
  20. 20 The Future
  21. 21 The Deathstar Canteen
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Izzard Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hysterical Genius

    Eddie Izzard is the quintessential comic genius. His off-color look at history and culture is the perfect comedy odd couple. How can you possibly make creationism, the Spanish Inquisition, religion, and mad cow disease funny? Well, he does and to the point that you often have to rewind to catch what you missed while laughing. Izzard's comedy is not typical -- although you can see a little Robin Williams, Monty Python, and even Dennis Miller in him, he is unique -- nobody has ever put such a comic face on history and current events and I include newer comics like Seinfeld and Chris Rock. As a huge fan of Williams, Miller, and "oldies" like Don Rickles, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor, I can say that Izzard is equal to their talent and next to the best I've ever heard. If you are looking for a couple of hours just about sex and drugs, look for something else, although this CD and Izzard's others include those necessary comic themes but they are integrated perfectly into his routine...a recommendation is to get the DVD version and the CD -- you gotta see his facial expressions and of course, the drag get ups and you'll remember them both while listening to the CD. Enjoy.

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