Dress to kill - "CAKE OR DEATH?!"

Recently, I stumbled across a great video of a stand-up comedian called Eddie Izzard. Intrigued, I hunted for the whole video of the show and saw it .Well folks, that extra ordinary stand up show is the Dress to kill by Eddie Izzard.
Now, who is a stand-up comedian?
Just imagine a stage, where you are gonna have to go and talk humorously for ,say, some 10 minutes to some hundreds of people. Would not that be difficult?
Well, here a stand-up comedian is one, who goes to that stage and performs a succession of humorous stories and jokes , monologues, humorous one liners etc., for more than an hour. Truth be told, songs, music, magic tricks… anything goes, but remember you have to make them laugh for the whole time.That is the golden rule and a very difficult one at that.
When you talk about an actor and a stand up comedian , there really could be no comparison as the actor has everything borrowed, starting from his dialog to the shoes and clothes he is gonna wear.
But not a comedian. He will only have his wit and intelligence with him. He also has to be spontaneous. Apart from the rehearsed stuff, while in a stage, he also has to do spontaneous comedy based on the comments of the audience.
It is said that it will take a stand-up comedian years to perfect his stand-up performance for about an hour.
Having said this, now let us see the one of the greatest stand-up comedians now.
Eddie Izzard is a British stand-up comedian, who is most famous for his shows like, Dress to Kill,Unrepeatable, Definite Article, Glorious, Circle, Sexie and Stripped.
Now, let us see about this particular show, Dress to kill. But, before doing so, I would like to tell you two things.
He is British, which would help you throughout the show on his stand points.
He is a transvestite.
The video starts with Eddie mocking the San Francisco city, where he is staging. When everybody shows their disapproval by hissing, he suddenly laughs and says,
“And you're a city of snakes, I see.
(Hisses) Everyone goes to a gig with a snake in their bag. No other cities have snakes as much as you. New York, no snakes. Paris, London, no snakes.
San Francisco,full of snakes! We did that at school.So you can call it "the City".
The crowd starts clapping. See, one minute he was being jeered at, but the next minute, due to his wit, he gains claps. That’s what is about being a stand-up comedian is about…
You have to be witty, innovative and you also have to improvise a lot.

Ranging from Stonehenge, Queen Victoria, Hitler, British colonization to Virginity , this video was greatly funny and intelligent. I especially liked the jokes he made on Britain and Hitler. Watch out for his flag joke. It is quite very ingenious. And the reactions he makes are quite funny. But, watch out. He is not the usual kind of comedian who relies on Racist jokes or insults or gross comments. This guy rather believes in his wit to make intelligent and sharp jokes. Truly, he is one of the gifted comedians….
Rating : 5 / 5.
Some of the quotes from the video….
“And the National Rifle Association says that, "Guns don't kill people, people do,” but I think the gun helps, you know? I think it helps. I just think just standing there going, "Bang!" That's not going to kill too many people, is it? You'd have to be really dodgy on the heart to have that…”

“If you're choking in a restaurant you can just say the magic words, "Heimlich manoeuvre," and all will be well. Trouble is, it's difficult to say "Heimlich manoeuvre" when you're choking to death.”
“Cake or death?”(Which became one of his famous quotes..)
Go here to watch the complete show.But,be aware.He is not an usual stand-up comedian who believes that sarcasm means passing up racist comments.Certainly not like Russell peters.He is a highly intellectual,demanding,witty comedian.
Note: This video is a bit tough to understand as it involves a lot of things about american and british history, their culture and all that. So, the first time you might not be able to grasp everything he says. But, when you see it the second time or the third, you will realize his wit and timeliness. 

Dress to kill – Nah, with his uproarious jokes…


  1. யோவ் எனக்கு இங்கிலீசு தெரியாதுன்னு கூப்பிடு வச்சு நக்கல் பன்றியா?

  2. பாஸ்..அறிமுகத்திற்கு ரொம்ப நன்றி..இதுவரை கேள்விப்பட்டது கூட இல்லை..டிவில வருதா...

    அப்பறம் stand-up comedianனு சொன்ன உடனே எனக்கு King of Comedy படம் தான் ஞாபகம் வருது..டீ நீரோ உடைய சிறந்த நடிப்பில் ஒன்று என்று எனக்குத் தோன்றுகிறது...

  3. நண்பரே,

    தமிழில் ஸ்டாண்ட் அப் காமெடியன்கள் குறித்து எழுதலாமே அதாவது தமிழில் உள்ள ஸ்டாண்ட் அப் காமெடியன்கள் குறித்து எழுதலாமே :) கொடி காமெடி என்னவோ செய்யுதே :)

  4. ஹ்ம்ம் ...,ஏன்யா மங்குனி ..,இங்க ஆனா ஊனா ..,இரும்ப அடிகாறங்க ...,சரி சரி இங்க இப்போ என்னக்கு ( ஈ க்கு ) என்ன வேலை ....,வா கிளம்புவோம்

  5. Good Intro Buddy!

    I enjoyed the full show...started downloading SEXIE....

    Let me guess whats cooking in tat!

  6. @keanu & எஸ்.கே :



    "ச்சே ச்சே,அப்டி எல்லாம் இல்ல " அப்டின்னு சொன்னா நீ நம்பிடவா போற?


    இது டிவியில் நான் பார்த்ததில்லை.வீடியோ தான்.


    கொடி காமெடி மஹா நக்கல் பிடித்தது தான். :)


    அப்ப,நீ அடிக்கடி வந்துட்டு'போக' வேண்டி இருக்கும். :)

    Yep buddy.I have downloaded an old show of his. "Live at the ambassador",performed when he was a small time comedian. Let us see how he was then. :)

  7. எனக்கு இங்கிலீசு தெரியாதப்பு.. எனக்கு புடிச்ச ஸ்டாண்டு அப்பு காமெடியன் மதுரை முத்து தான்.. பட பட வென சிரிப்பை ஏற்படுத்தி மூச்சு விடக் கூட நேரம் கொடுக்காமல் சிரிக்க வைக்கும் கலைஞன்.. அவர் சொல்வதை நாம் அப்படியே திருப்பி சொன்னால் அந்த அளவுக்கு இருக்காது.. அந்த அளவுக்கு அவருடைய மதுரைத் தமிழ் மணக்கும்.. சரி.. இந்த இங்கிலீசு நமக்கு கொஞ்சம் அதிகம் தான்.. ஒதுங்கி நின்னு வெடிக்க பாக்குறேன்..

  8. ஆங்கிலம் ஒளிக.. தமிள் வால்க

  9. //ஆங்கிலம் ஒளிக.. தமிள் வால்க//

    ஆங்கில மொழிக் காதலன் இலுமி ஒழிக.. ;)

  10. //ஒதுங்கி நின்னு வெடிக்க பாக்குறேன்..//



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