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Eddie Izzard Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 28

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1.0 star rating Tom Bass from Nashville, Tennessee

DEFLATED

I’m a huge fan but tonight I felt insulted and force fed sub-par insight on a shallow perspective pawned off as comedy. The brilliance has been left aside . No hall of fame plays tonight. Ryman Auditorium, VE DAY 2019.

1.0 star rating Arthur from New York, New York

HIS RETIREMENT FROM COMEDY CAME EARLY

It had been 20 years since I had last seen Eddie Izzard live. Though I expected more this time around it felt like less. I chuckled twice in the entire duration of this show - Eddie seemed almost bored to have to be in New York. While one’s background can make for humor Izzard’s life stories didn’t seem particularly unique. His whole dialogue seemed to revolve around random occurrences that had no lesson other than that they happened to Eddie. It was charming to hear his multilingual dialogue but shouldn’t it have been for a bigger purpose than to try and impress the audience? There seemed no other reason to ramble on about earlier shows on his tour. Shouldn’t he just have focused on those who were paying to watch him on the night? Apparently, not. A political career in Britain’s Labour Party beckons, Eddie told us in what was the most interesting part of his show. Yes, Brexit is a shambles but Eddie seems to have some passion for politics. It came through. But nothing else did. Poor.

1.0 star rating John Inglis from San Diego, California

HOW DO YOU RATE WHAT YOU CAN’T HEAR?

Honestly, I sat in a surreal world for the first half of this show. I felt really strangely awkward. I’m thinking “ am I going deaf?”. “Do I no longer understand people from where I come from?” “Has he forgotten that he should be talking to the back row not the front?” “Was there a last minute problem with the sound system that is causing him to use a hand held microphone?” “Why are some people laughing when I didn’t understand what was said?” I felt so bad for my wife who bought these tickets for us and didn’t seem to be enjoying this either. I decided to grin and bear it for her. At the intermission, she says “can you understand him?” I said, “sorry no.” She says I can’t hear 85% of what’s being said and I think the volume is probably fine but he mumbles a lot and doesn’t speak directly into the microphone.” And there you have it. As we left at the intermission to go home, we ride up the elevator with some people to the car. Topic of conversation? His constituents won’t be heard!

1.0 star rating from San Francisco, California

WUNDER WHY?

I have never seen anyone funnier or with better material than Eddie Izzard in Dress to Kill. Yet, I have never seen him come near that in his subsequent performances. I literally walked out of Wunderbar after 10 min of his idiosyncrasies, that are hilarious in context and not when there is no real material. He did say he did the show mostly for himself. I guess it is true, but thousands of people came out, spent money, drove, parked and walked through the crappiest neighborhood in the City to see him and he did not deliver. He just wasn't funny. What a shame.

1.0 star rating David Bennett from San Francisco, California

VERY DISAPPOINTED

Not very funny. Thought it would be funny but seemed like the audience was forcing the laughing. Would not recommend this show.

1.0 star rating Sheila from Seattle, WA

WUNDERBORING

I've been a fan for a long time, but I've never seen Eddie live. Unfortunately, I couldn't hear much of what he was saying due to his penchant for mumbling. I had decent enough seats, so my location shouldn't have been an issue. What I did hear was disjointed and not really compelling. I felt like he was rambling and not trying to take the audience anywhere. His political stuff was not particularly insightful. Simply saying one hates a certain person isn't comedy. I wish him the best, but I won't pay to see him again. We left at intermission, disappointed to have wasted so much money.

1.0 star rating Jennifer from Seattle, Washington

RECYCLED ALLUSIONS TO OLD INSIDE JOKES, PLUS POLITICS

I was ridiculously excited to see my first live show, after seeing almost all of his previous routines. Within the first ten minutes, I was ready to walk out. He had very little new material. Every now and then he’d deliver a good laugh, but most of the time, it was just a sort of “wink wink nudge nudge” reference to his earlier stuff. It felt like he knows he’s so big now that the audience will laugh at whatever he says, so there’s no need to really work on more material. It was plain lazy — and incoherent, to boot. I think he’s more focused on his political career at this point; that would explain why the first 20 minutes was essentially a stump speech for his upcoming Parliament run. He can do so much better than this.

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