Review: Eddie Izzard at the Hollywood Bowl


Cookie dough, dinosaurs, iTunes, dyslexia, Noah’s ark. These are just a few of the topics that English comedian Eddie Izzard dived into during his act, Stripped at the Bowl, at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday– and, I must add, dropping plenty of F-bombs along the way.

The spastic Brit, 49, strutted across the stage while rambling and miming his act in jeans and a black blazer with tails, the red lining of which made an appearance with each abrupt movement.  The outfit was quite a change for the transvestite, who has most recently performed in drag. 

The bowl was filled to the brim, literally, with mostly thirty-somethings bearing bottles of wine, blankets, and their special somebody.  I, on the other hand was completely unprepared: no wine, no blanket (or jacket for that matter) and my best friend as my date—not as ideal for cuddling under the Hollywood sky. 

But we didn’t feel out of place for long. We got lost in Izzard’s hilarious spiel about Noah’s ark and how the story is utterly impossible. “The two by two thing doesn’t work either,” he ranted. “Uhhh, here they come, two cats, two dogs, two squirrels, two lions, two tigers, two rabbits, two frogs, two blue things. How many have we got now? Uh now, we’ve got two lions and two tigers. Why is this never addressed?”

During intermission, animations containing Izzard’s voice kept the audience laughing.  Once he was back on stage, his signature black eyeliner freshly reapplied, Izzard would mimic writing in his notepad, while saying asides like “funnier probably in Britain” or “international comedy is f—-ing hard” whenever a joke fell flat, which happened only a handful of times.

In addition to jokes about iTunes’ terms and conditions that connected with the audience, Izzard shared this hilarious take on dyslexia: “The word dyslexia was created by Nazi’s to piss off kids with dyslexia. Why the hell would someone choose the word dyslexia, which is all about a problem of spelling words to signify the problem of spelling words?” he asked. “Don’t choose a word that’s got an X and a Y in it and has four syllables. F— off!  Why not Bink? B-I-N-K, Bink!”

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