Last Thursday I went with my girlfriend to my first comedy show. I've been to some open-mic nights at dive bars before, but this was the first time I ever bought a ticket to go see someone famous, or at least notable. That person was Eddie Izzard. He's not as famous in America as he is in Europe (he's British), but he is still very well known. He was also voted in a poll taken by many other noteworthy comedians as one of the twenty most influential comics ever. One of the things he's best know for is that he's a transvestite who frequently performs in drag, and he plays the dad on FX's "The Riches."
Anyway, ever since I saw his comedy special "Dress to Kill" on HBO about five years ago I've been practically obsessed with this man. He is so fantastically funny and so entertaining that even though "Dress to Kill" is nearly three hours long (how in the hell does one put together a three hour stand-up routine?!?!), I never once checked my watch and was genuinely disappointed when it was over.
So when I discovered he was coming to Dallas I immediately pulled one of my patented "impulsively spend an enormous sum of money that I don't really have" moves and spent over $700 dollars for two tickets in the second row, right in front of the stage. And you know what? It was worth it. He was absolutely terrific, as expected. The show he is touring behind isn't quite to the standard of "Dress to Kill," but it's brilliant nonetheless. I could not recommend going to the show strongly enough if you have the opportunity. And I also recommend anyone who likes to laugh to buy "Dress to Kill." The first half hour is very funny, but the remaining two hours or so are absolutely brilliant. What a great night.