British comedian Eddie Izzard is bringing his 'Stripped' tour to the U.S. in 2010.
Currently, Izzard is performing his critically acclaimed stand-up show in the U.K.
Fans can expect quite a different show then what they experienced during his 2003 "Sexie" tour or his 2002 "Circle" tour.
"The heels got too high on the last two tours," Izzard told Newsweek last April. "Now I've just gone back to blokey mode, so I've got all this movement back which I couldn't do before. The set is leaner, what I'm wearing is leaner and just focusing on what I'm talking about."
For those new to the comedian, or those on fence about purchasing Eddie Izzard tickets
, the Emmy-winning British performer has a very unique style.
Used in the best possible sense, Izzard rambles through long, drawn-out monologues. His acts are obviously influenced by the comedy troupe Monty Python. In fact, John Cleese has called Izzard the "Lost Python," and Izzard has suggested he replace the deceased Graham Chapman in a Python reunion.
For topics, Izzard draws heavily from history, natural history, and religion. For this outing, Izzard has incorporated Wikipedia into his act (often reading Wikipedia articles from his iPhone). Izzard also does odd impressions like God with the voice of James Mason, a Scottish clarinet teacher, and a triceratops.
He also performs Python-esque bits like "Jesus ministers to the dinosaurs" and "Church of England runs the Inquisition."
Izzard tries to make writing his show part of the show. While this process makes his act spontaneous and full of energy, it also means the Brit has to rely on verbal crutches, like "so, yeah," and subject the audience to lengthy pauses while he thinks of something to say.
For those easily rankled, be warned that Izzard is an atheist and a practicing transvestite. Generally his views on religion are comedic rather than mean-spirited but they still may offend.
Izzard claims that he dresses up as women because he likes their clothes and makeup. It apparently has nothing to do with a sexual proclivity. The 47-year-old once described himself as "a lesbian trapped in a man's body."