EDDIE IZZARD-comedian/actor-has signed with Anti to release the DVD of his award-winning one-man show "Dress To Kill" on November 26. Taped from a 1998 San Francisco performance, "D2K" originally debuted on HBO in 1999, receiving three Emmy nominations in 2000, while winning two -- "Outstanding Writing In A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" and "Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program."
Bonus features on the "Dress To Kill" DVD include: "Dress To Circle" (Eddie performs in French in Paris), "America 1998" (photo documentary), commentaries on main "Dress To Kill" and Paris show and subtitles in Spanish, French and English.
Here's what label owner/founder Brett Guerwitz and Eddie Izzard had to say about the union:
"I'm so happy that Anti's first foray into DVD will be with Eddie, a man who has brought to stand-up what I've always hoped to do with music. He's smart, challenging, and immensely entertaining, a rare performer who can stir your conscience while tickling your funnybone."
"I'm so happy that my first foray into DVD will be with Anti, a company which has brought to music what I've always hoped to do with comedy. They're smart, challenging, and immensely entertaining, a rare company which can stir your conscience while giving you a foot massage."
Critical reviews of the special and his performances in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco were nothing short of stellar. The New York Times called IZZARD: "a human search engine ... The funniest boy on the block ... a ticklingly entertaining comic with an actor's sense of word and movement, adept at creating little worlds in instant one-man plays," while the Los Angeles Times raved: " ... for more than two hours, he was glorious. Or rather, fabulous...he displays a voracious inquisitiveness, agile delivery and a sexy presence... More important, Izzard conveys the impression that each thought is entering the cranium beneath his blond-frosted locks in the split- second before he shares it with you. Which is to say, Izzard, who is also a stage and film actor, does only what the best thespians can do: He makes it all seem utterly spontaneous and in-the-moment-alive. Rather than hide his process, he lets the seams show. Instead of gliding slickly from subject to subject, Izzard elevates the non sequitur segue into an art form." Elsewhere, TV Guide surmised: "Laugh and learn," giving the HBO broadcast a rating of 9 out of 10.
Following Izzard's 1998 "Dress To Kill" run, Eddie returned to North America in 2000 with his one-man production "Circle," in which Eddie performed to sold-out audiences across the continent in nine cities culminating with a seven-day engagement at NYC's Town Hall. The final shows were taped for a special tentatively slated to debut next year on cable. In the fall of 2003, Izzard will embark upon a world tour with a new one-man show, which will also be his largest North American trek to date with performances in at least 20 cities.
Last seen on the big screen as Charlie Chaplin in The Cat's Meow with Kirsten Dunst, Izzard the actor has been busy with three more films already in the can. In theatres October 25 is All The Queen's Men -- a World War II comedy of cross-dressing spies infiltrating an all-female employed Enigma factory in Berlin -- starring Eddie and Matt LeBlanc. Scheduled to premiere in the UK in February 2003, The Revengers Tragedy -- which transposes Thomas Middleton's 17th century play into a post-apocalyptic Merseyside -- was directed by Alex Cox (Repo Man/Sid & Nancy) starring Izzard, Derek Jacobi and Christopher Eccleston. This past summer, Izzard shot Blueberry -- a mythical western based upon the graphic novel series from Moebius -- alongside actors Michael Madsen, Juliette Lewis and Vincent Cassel. Currently, Eddie is in the UK, filming "40," a BBC mini-series with Joanne Whalley.
Stay tuned for further developments from the industrious world of Eddie Izzard. You can also check out www.eddieizzard.com for the latest information.