Eddie Izzard knows his audience. He actually made comments to that effect Tuesday night at the Tampa Theatre. It's not every comedian that is comfortable going into a 30 minute comedic argument that God doesn't exist.
Obviously, his humor is not for everyone. His breakout performance in the US was the HBO special Dress to Kill, in which he wore women's clothes, makeup, and high heels, and a good deal of his act consisted of transvestite jokes.
Now that he sports facial hair for his "Riches" character, the transvestite material has gone. The makeup is down to a more subtle eye liner and mascara only look. The clothes were downright manly, consisting of jeans, men's motorcycle boots, a dark shirt and a topcoat with tails. Stylish and dramatic, yes, but still very masculine. The humor, however, was as off the wall as ever.
Warming up with the origins of the name "Tampa" and a riff on Air Conditioning as an