Thursday, May 15, 2014

Eddie Izzard is a 'Force Majeure' in NYC!

Eddie Izzard is one of my favourite comedians and I was very excited when I found out he was performing at the Beacon Theatre this month.  I love it when British comedians come to New York as they often play at much smaller venues than in the UK.  Back home comedians are as popular as any musician and can fill venues the size of Madison Square Gardens.  I prefer smaller, more intimate venues for live comedy as I think much of the visual humor can be lost if the performer is a tiny dot in the distance.

It was my first visit to the Beacon Theatre and it is a beautiful venue.  Our seats were pretty good and we had a clear view of the stage.  When Eddie came on there was thunderous applause and within seconds everyone was laughing as his antics.

He is such an unusual performer.  He is very visual and although his jokes are more intellectual than most other comics, his biggest laughs come from the characters he creates whilst telling a story.  The first act was hilarious, with a new twist on the famous 'Death Star Cafeteria' skit and some great historical satire.  It always fun watching a British comedian with a US audience as some of the jokes are lost in translation.  I'm sure this would be true of a US comedian performing in front of a UK audience, sometimes we just don't get the jokes!  The British have quite a unique sense of humor and Izzard was quick to make it funnier when the audience wasn't always quite with him.

I was surprised at how long he was on stage. The set was two hours long and although the second act wasn't quite a good as the first, the whole show was brilliant.  The audience seemed to love him and everyone was laughing throughout the show.

It was a great night and felt on a real high after leaving the theatre.  If you are in the area I would highly recommend getting tickets if you can.

Eddie Izzard's 'Force Majeure' is playing at The Beacon Theatre until 18th May and tickets start at $50.  More more information and to buy tickets, visit http://www.beacontheatre.com/events/2014/may/eddieizzard.html.