Dress to Kill

Dress to Kill

by Eddie Izzard


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Dress to Kill

1998's Dress to Kill was Eddie Izzard's belated breakthrough into the U.S. comedy mainstream, thanks to the filmed special's regular airings on HBO. Unfortunately, of the four concerts that Anti Records reissued on CD in 2004, it loses the most in the loss of its visual element. Not only is Izzard's flamboyant stage presence lost (the heart of the show is his long routine about being, in his own words, an "Executive Transvestite"), but he had become so much more comfortable on-stage by this point that there's a very strong physical aspect to the show that simply can't be recreated with the visuals removed. For example, there's a running gag in the hilarious "Italians and Fascists" that involves the general Italian world view even under Fascism, a devil-may-care La Dolce Vita attitude that Izzard sums up perfectly in the way he says "ciao," but sadly, the joke isn't even half as funny without seeing Izzard's body language as he says it. Despite these flaws, Dress to Kill is still one of the pinnacles of standup comedy in the '90s.

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Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778666522
catalogNumber: 86665
Rank: 136751

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Dress to Kill 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
socalnat More than 1 year ago
He is genius! Dress to Kill has always been one of my favorite stand-up specials and I'm stoked to have it on my iPod. Keeps me laughing all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had NO idea Eddie Izzard was this good, he beats most of our US comedians, I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face... I watched it every time I saw it on cable and then, when the run of Dressed to Kill special was over, (HBO I think and HBO runs their featured comedian several times in one month), I had to buy it! (but, stupid me, loaned it out and still can't get it back!). Trust me, it's really funny, even for the most conservative folk, everyone will get a real kick out of Dressed to Kill... excellent - I wanted more & could have sat and listened to a few more hours of him, at least!