Review: Eddie Izzard “Force Majeure” (Auckland, 19 February 2015)


British comic, actor, writer and soon-to-be politician Eddie Izzard played the Aotea Centre last night in the first of two sold out shows. Last here four years ago with his Stripped show, his uniquely warped sense of humour struck many a chord and caused much mirth with a very appreciative Auckland audience.

Izzard has been touring his Force Majeure show over the last two years across 26 countries in three languages (English, French and German to be exact). Those multilinguistic talents are peppered throughout the evening as are several others. Did you know, for example, that the Welsh and Indian accents are within a screwdriver tightening of each other ? Many experts have said this and it’s absolutely true.

As with any Izzard show, the ride is unpredictable and full of twists and turns into the weird and absurd – who else could link through human sacrifice, the kings of England, Julius Caesar and how he was immortalised in a salad, chickens as military advisors, the comparative merits of various religions and how you only need hairspray to get rid of an errant fly on stage. And that was just the first half.

While nearly all the material is new, as it should be, he has also reworked one of his most famous routines, the Death Star canteen marvellously only this time God is lining up for the spaghetti carbonara with Lord Vader. Where’s Mr. Stevens, the head of catering when you need him ? You’ll just have to find out whether you need a tray or not.

Coming off a long Australian and New Zealand tour, you might have thought that both comedian and some of the jokes might be showing signs of fatigue. There was a touch of that to be honest with the odd pause between segments and a little struggle to maintain the pace but on the whole, it was a generally polished and indeed funny set of absurdist observations and facts that left the audience happy.

Et voila ! Absolutely true.

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About TI

TI is based in Auckland, New Zealand. TI's somewhat eclectic interests include (but are certainly not limited to) legal humour (the law can be funny), good wine, the search for the best possible chocolate, alcoholic beverages, travel, commercial aircraft, photography, weird news stories and classical music.
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