Eddie Izzard - Circle

Eddie Izzard - Circle
A calm delivery and the sense of random thoughts working their way into Eddie Izzard's comedy routine are just some of the qualities that make him well-loved and hilarious. And even though these characteristics are present in his 2000 performance in NYC, Circle isn't the strongest case to prove that Izzard can leave you in tears from laughing — that award goes to Dressed to Kill. Still, there are some brilliant moments, including his vision of an alternative Olympics, proceeding to demonstrate a stoner trying to tackle a hurdle, as well as his grand finale of Darth Vader trying to order penne arrabiata from the Death Star cafeteria. His delivery is so calm and soothing, and his British tone enhances his message; it's a shame he feels the need to explain terms like "bollocks" or mentions his sometimes inaudible accent. Still, the fact that the packed American theatre are right with him for every punch-line is proof that his humour has no trouble breaking the culture barrier, even when he goes on about how ignorant Americans can be. The performance comes with a commentary track from Izzard, which is unusual because it doesn't serve a purpose. Instead, he talks about the venue and the heels he chose for the night. The DVD also contains a behind-the-scenes look at the tour that starts off with Izzard being pulled over in his car and pouring on his "British charm" to weasel his way out of a ticket. It also shows how the comedian interacts with his die-hard fans. Also included is a complete set Izzard performed in France, delivered in French. Thankfully we have the magic of subtitles, but much seems to be lost in his delivery. The footage is shot with an amateur flare, with a single camera in the back and that echoing sound you get from a hand held mic. Coupled with the subtitles, this extra fails to hold your attention, but works well as an indication of how versatile Izzard is. Plus: trivia track. (Anti/Epitaph)