A FEW OF YOUR RESPONSES
|We went to
see the first night of Eddie's Circle tour in his home town of
Bexhill and came away feeling a little disappointed. I have the videos and
have seen him live several times.
Yes, the content was heavily reused, but I think what made it worse was the
style of delivery, which to us seemed rushed and almost like nervous,
rehearsed babble than natural relaxed comedy. Interestingly, we also went to
see Dress to Kill when at the Prince's Trust concert and when delivering the
same material he was completely different - relaxed, confident, fresh and
funny - despite this being at the end of the his American tour.
Our conclusion is that Eddie went into Circle unprepared and probably not
with his heart in it. He has a lot of distractions with his budding film
career. I think, like some others that with this tour, he should have taken
time out, or perhaps waited. I look forward to his next tour.
You are truly a brilliant man. Your humor knows no bounds. I first saw Dress to Kill last summer '99 and soon found myself obsessed with you. I saw the Circle show in April in NY and again in June (NY). Both shows were completely different. My husband and son were soon hooked also, and they came to the April show. My daughter, who is only 11, saw Dress to Kill the
other night and now she too is hooked. She has been begging me to replay the video every night.
I cannot wait to see your movies, and another show, maybe Lenny, whatever it is you choose to do, we, your fans, will be there for you.
You wit, intelligence, honesty, compassion, and genuine love of your work, have made you an icon. Keep up the good work and we will continue to be your devoted fans.
Every Monday on the official message
board, I am posting the weekly top ten reasons why you should come to Houston. Hopefully,
these reasons will compel you. Also, I must speak up for the Midwest, as well. They also
feel neglected and would greatly appreciate an appearance. I mean, a show. I suppose
they'd be a little disappointed if you just showed up and then turned around and got back
on the plane... PLEASE check out my top ten - I post it under the subject heading
"The Begging Texan." Good luck, Eddie and take care!
what they think and
furthermore who they are. It is my belief that Eddie Izzard is one
of the most brilliant artist ever. I like him very much. I went to
see his show when he came to France in December last year, 12/08/99
to be precise. It is true that his material was quite the same, but
I watched the video and I can assure you that when you've got the
man in front of you doing his show, in french, that was a different
show, he didn't say his jokes the same way, he was not making an impression
of James Mason or Sean Connery the same way, and I do believe that
there are not two identical shows, it is different everyday, because
the public is not the same, because Eddie is not in the same mood,
I went to see him after the show and that was great because I could
talk to hime to say that I loved his show. I was watching Unreapetable
the other night and that was truly brilliant. So please give him
I could watch the D2K video hundreds of times and still never get enough of Eddie. We Americans are waiting with open arms for you. Everything stated in that letter could have been written by a number of people on both sides of the pond. I guess you don't realize what you have til its gone. COME ON OVER EDDIE -- CALIFORNIA IS WAITING FOR YOU. Need a place to recharge your battery? There are a lot of open doors here!!!!
Hello from an a new Eddie fan - owed to HBO airing the Dress to Kill show.
one preview and knew that he was something special, and that I had
better watch. I searched the listings for the next showing and set
a reminder. I nestled up with my comforter, popcorn and soda. Moments
after he started I became completely engaged, turning up the TV so
I could hear over myself laughing. I had to pee so bad, with all the
soda, but couldn't leave the room. I was hanging on every bit. Finally
after the show ended, I couldn't believe how good I felt (not just
because I could finally go pee) - I truly hadn't laughed that hard
in a very long time.
wait to see Eddie. I have never appreciated any performer so much
I would travel to another city to see them. I will love it if a couple
bits are ones I know, so I can see the expressions on his face. I
also know that if Eddie does make it to Seattle (or anywhere on the
West Coast), I'll get another ticket, and I am quite sure that it
won't be much like the show I will see in Chicago, having all that
time down under to think of new ideas to share with us.
As a self-proclaimed Eddie Izzard freak, I, too, am puzzled by the snarky nastiness of some of the print reviews of "Circle" as well as the fan response.
I haven't yet seen Eddie live, and I'm patiently (barely) waiting for spring 2000 for the U.S. leg of his tour to kick off. My feeling about Eddie is that he genuinely thrives on the adrenaline and waves of love that come from his appreciative audiences, and that he continues to pound himself into the ground because he can't stop performing live. The commercial rewards of standup fall far below those of films, television, etc., so he must desperately want to do it . The "live" experience is something I cherish generally (I'm a big theatre fan), and I would love to see Eddie do on stage some of the bits I'm so addicted to. Being American, I came in to the middle of the Eddie movie. I missed the whole sprouting of the cult and I'm just witnessing the World Domination Phase. I would do anything to be able to say, "I saw him when...."
However, I can appreciate
the feelings of people who shelled out a lot of money, traveled great
distances, etc., only to find their hero churning out, and in some
cases, half-heartedly, a show that they know backwards, forwards,
and in French, possibly. He works far too hard and, even though he
may not fear it, could be in danger of a major burnout. Could that
be what The Guardian was so pissed off about? Otherwise, I can find
no reason to be so John Simonish about it all.
It's all exponential,
you know....and yeah, I have the tapes, the CDs, the book, even the
teeny tiny tee shirt that no human frame could possibly fit...but
I am counting on seeing you LIVE, like you mean it, like you've always
whole-heartedly with the person who said that we would wait for Eddie to write new material, we didn't mind.
However, I will still support Eddie all the way. And I also want to reiterate that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show, especially the bit where he moaned about standstill traffic in Birmingham (I nearly missed the start because of said traffic!!). However, we couldn't help but leave the theatre with a nagging doubt in our minds.
As another Eddie-starved American, I cast my vote in support of the letter. As many of the responders have pointed out, seeing a brilliant performer live is a whole new dimension and is nothing like a taped version; noone complains when a band plays the same song that we've all heard on the radio; and anyway, Eddie could recite the phone book and have us all peeing in our pants. I give Eddie my wholehearted support and will be holding my breath until he appears in the Baltimore/Washington area. (Hurry up, Eddie!! I'm turning blue!)
A lot of us fans went with baited breath to his new Circle shows because we expected him to have new material.We have all seen D2K and the like till our vcr's wont work anymore and the tapes are wasted. We know what to expect now when we go and see Eddie doing a tour. In my opinion he should have waited a bit,he has gone straight from doing Lenny to doing a nation wide tour. Mr Izzard will be on burn out if he is not careful.You can see it in his Circle tour , he just does not have his heart in it. I expect its all a money making exercise,a little pressuring from his agent and such. Eddie as a plea from your fans mate,just take it a bit easy, go on holiday, have a rest,and write some new material when you are ready to. We will wait.
I have all of Eddie's videos and spend many a happy hour watching them. I know them off by heart but even so I'm looking forward to seeing him perform LIVE! Old or new material - who cares!
here! I second, third, ...even fiftyith it. How can they
Totally agree with your comments on Eddie using 'old stuff'.
works too hard, god knows he's got enough money now to just sit back
and do nothing but he's still out there treading the boards. Most
people say that touring doesn't provide much in the way of financial
rewards so he's got to be doing it for the love of it (and us I hope).
Here! Here! to the anonymous letter in support of Eddie. Here's a guy who probably performs well over 300 days a year and just completed his run of "Lenny" before going straight on to "Circle!" Bravo, Eddie and long live Englebert Slapdyback and Slutbunwalla.
I surely feel that
this letter could have been written by any of us Izzard fans here
in the States.....The letter sums up my sentiments exactly.....Why
doesn't Eddie do a full fledged tour in the Good Ole USA....It's not
like he doesn't have the exposure....
marketable in the US....There
is an Izzard famine over on this side of the pond, we are all starving
for Eddie... And who really cares if we have heard some of the stuff
Absolutely, with you
all the way even though I'm from Canada (Ontario). If Mr. Izzard would
venture over the pond again I would be there encouraging him on -
whether its in the U.S. or Canada - thank goodness for trains, boats
and planes, etc. I think the Brits (and I was born in England) are
very spoiled and don't appreciate Mr. Izzard's many talents. I don't
think they realize that the D2K video is a compilation of maybe two
or three shows - The Best of Mr Izzard (most likely for marketing
purposes) although I'd like to believe that it was done for the "fans".
I personally think that he should take a well deserved vacation but come to Canada of course, where I would definitely pamper him. Of course there are probably 50 or 60 thousand fans with the same idea!!!!
I wholeheartedly agree. Actually this COULD have been written by me,cuz I also went to musicals in N.Y. with family in the 60's,late 50's,and relished the LIVE aspect. Whole new world. I've tried to take my kids to live theatre,and stand-up,and they would go home and create their own shows! In Britain they've had Eddie for 8 years or more and are very familiar with his work. They expect more from a new tour like in the past.In this case he just finished Lenny and Dress to Kill hadn't been done live over there. It IS a bunch of adlibbed bits and he continues to build;doesn't write it down anyway. Thanks for the open letter;he has huge ambitions in our market anyway,but mostly in movies so I hope he gets this message!
Tell the author (I am assuming it is a "she" for some reason) that I agree totally! I watch Eddie's videos over and over again, listen to his CDs over and over again, and never stop laughing. The chance to see him live is one that I would jump at here in the US and I am amazed that so many UK fans are complaining about the tour!
Just a note that I
FULLY AGREE with the author of that letter. Gosh, I have seriously
considered flying to London JUST TO SEE EDDIE and I could give a rats
patoot what material he does. I would be thrilled just to see him
in person. I think the Brits are way spoiled by having him in arms