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Album Review

Briefly available on CD upon its 1996 release but not widely distributed until Anti Records reissued all of Eddie Izzard's early albums in 2004, Definite Article is the second of Izzard's mid-'90s run of stand-up showcases. A huge creative leap forward from 1994's much more conventional Unrepeatable, Definite Article was recorded in December 1995 on the last night of a ten-week stand at London's Shaftesbury Theater. (The first several minutes, in fact, are a hilarious routine about how difficult it is to locate the theater.) Coming as it does at the end of a long run of doing the same material, Definite Article features Izzard being so comfortable with the material that he's largely dispensed with his usual linking material and just sort of rambles back and forth between routines. Unlike comedians like Robin Williams and Billy Connolly, whose routines were primarily improvised, Izzard is working from a script, which means that although the album's central long routine — 20 hilarious minutes about supermarkets — is broken up by digressions about Hitler's vegetarianism and the Queen Mum's hip replacement surgeries, he always returns to his main themes, making Definite Article a meandering but quite often hilarious journey.

Customer Reviews

Definite Article - Definitely Worth It !!

To anyone who ever listened to Eddie Izzard, this has to rank amongst his top performances . . . Like all his performances, you won't put this down once you've started, it comes from all directions. Just make sure you've got the time to hear it right through, you won't want to turn it off once it's begun. For those who've never heard him perform one of his shows, he's like nothing you've heard before . . . He unravels the things that the more reserved among us keep quietly to ourselves for fear that we'll be the only one who thinks that way. His energy is magnificent, he really is one of the most amazing stand-up performers you'll ever see or hear and like nothing you've ever seen before. Either way, if this is the first time you're listening to him or you're a seasoned Izzard fan [or fanatic] there are not many places you can get this much entertainment at this sort of price and one that you'll want everyone else to listen to once you've heard it. You'll need to hear it again to catch things you missed through laughing so much the first time round. Five Stars is no glib overstatement, this bloke is one of the best; for me, anything less is not worth booting the computer up for. I sound only one note of caution . . . The 'explicit' tag is there for a reason but this guy is cleverly explicit and this is no smut-show; Be warned, the track previews do it little justice, you need to hear this one from start to finish.

Good, but not the best buy.

Before I start, I'm a huge fan of Eddie, and I bought this based on the other 5 star reviews expecting something as good as Glorious which is fantastic.

I was very disappointed.

Izzard is great to watch - the visual stuff in his performances is hilarious, but of course, you lose that in an audiobook. Whereas Glorious had one or two moments that you felt you were missing out on by not seeing something he was doing to make the audience laugh, Definite Article has so many more.

The french skit is pretty bad just as an audio experience, and even the much loved James Bond routine is not the same one I'm familiar with from actually watching it - it's still funny, but not as much as I know it has been.

If you're a fan of Izzards deliciously clever brand of comedy you may well buy Definite Article, but before I purchased this, I wish I'd known from a more honest review that this is in no way a 5 star show.

Pure Comic Genius

Eddie at his best! His world is an extraordinary mix of child-like observation and fun with the ridiculous to create a feast of belly laughs. Pure fun!


Born: 07 February 1962 in Aden, Yemen

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The London Sunday Times has called him "the greatest British standup comedian of his generation", and the entity of Eddie Izzard is worthy of such praise. This comedian, actor, and transvestite has bewitched the world of comedy with a kitschy, campy, and cunning...
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