Force Majeure- Major or Minor Izzard?

Saturday 1416  – 8th June 2013

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Last week I wrote about the fun I’d had, and naturally shared the photos I’d taken, at Strawberry Fair in Cambridge. If you missed it you can read it here

Today I had the treat I had alluded to at the end of that post.

I saw the comedian Eddie Izzard, that cross between thoroughly good bloke and surrealist Transvestite, at the O2 in London with my daughter and her boyfriend.

So was this major or minor comedy?  Well I am a big fan and it certainly felt like the O2 was fully behind Eddie and up for a good laugh and that’s what we had.

He came on in a blaze of lights like Steed from the Avengers and although it felt as though he was ad-libbing a lot of the time, which is a skill in itself, the show was obviously carefully crafted. 

He certainly lived up to his reputation of being a physically entertaining comic and my favourite part of the show was when he did a piece about the slightly strange and rather ridiculous nature of dressage.

This was Eddie at his best; a physical comedy gem. He danced around the stage backwards and forwards, up and down in his Cuban heels, mimicking the footwork and movement of a dressage horse , turning it into a sketch on burglars and what would happen if that burglar was a dressage horse. He pretended to hide/park himself in a cupboard several times. It was very, very funny and brought the house down.

I admit at times there was a lack of focus in the show with him jumping all over the place ( no pun on horses intended) but for me that’s in keeping with the free-associating, surreal nature of his work. He tried to give it some cohesion with a couple of running jokes which he managed to keep going.  One of them was about acts of a non-existent God and this led to another of the funniest parts which concentrated on getting into Heaven or, if denied access, getting into Hell. This produced one of the biggest cheers of the night when he ( as hell’s gatekeeper) said hell was very busy tonight because Maggie Thatcher had just arrived and was sitting with General Pinochet!

The second biggest cheer was when he mentioned he was intending running for Mayor of London in 2020. He is a political, conviction comedian which I think is great and I could have done with more of this side of him.

If I’m honest I think the size of the arena venue dilutes the contact between comedian and his audience. My wise daughter asked why would you pay to sit way up in the gods ( with Maggie? )  watching the big screen and not able to see the actual man himself. Why not just wait until the video comes out?  (Incidently, the show was being filmed for the Video to be released soon.)

 Certainly I believe the show would have been even better in a smaller venue and might not have been quite so politically watered down, as I think it was for an International market.

So there were pieces on, amongst others, Human Sacrifice, Greek Gods,  horse burglars, God, gold-digging moles and pipe smoking and here are some photos.  Oh and look out for his nail colour 🙂 

You might be able to guess which pieces some of the photos are from.

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The most bizarre part of the night wasn’t actually during the show, it was getting through security with your bottle of water ! In order to bring it in, you had to take off the cap;  so there was everyone walking around with bottles of water with no caps on. When I asked why? I was told by one of the security people this was being done for health and safety reasons because they’d had people throw full bottles of water at the stage.  Can’t you throw a full bottle of water with no lid, or an apple in your bag or a shoe? and what about the health and safety risk of the spilling of water on steep steps?  

Definitely Bizarre but may be that was in keeping with the nature of the show! 😀

That’s all from me, I hope you’ll have a fun-filled week full of laughter and I’ll see you next week..

Comments always welcome, I love to know what you are thinking.


You can find my photography blog Photomania here and there may be more photos from the O2 area on there soon.



8 comments on “Force Majeure- Major or Minor Izzard?

  1. totsymae1011 says:

    That was an odd request. Folk will throw themselves on stage naked. It doesn’t have to be an object.

  2. LensScaper says:

    Never seen Eddie live, but I have always admired his TV work (come to think of it, the last TV slot was quite some time ago). So they check water bottles, but don’t confiscate cameras. I thought photography wasn’t normally allowed in venues like this. The images are actually superb.

  3. scillagrace says:

    Oh, so VERY JEALOUS! I love Eddie Izzard…so do all my kids. Okay, so Saturday I went to Chicago to see my youngest and take her to Second City Comedy Improv’s collaborative show with the Lyric Opera…so the audience sat on the opera stage facing the house and a small set with 3 chairs and a backdrop. Comedy and opera together made for a delightfully funny crossover, which my daughter and I appreciated immensely (singers and theater nuts that we are!).

  4. Carol Tacq says:

    Sounds as if you had a great night out, Helen. Glad that you enjoyed the show but what exactly is ‘strange’ and ‘ridiculous’ about dressage?!

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