Eddie Izzard, Manchester Academy 2

The chance to catch Eddie Izzard playing to an audience of just few hundred, as opposed to many thousands, and for the half the price of his Manchester Evening News Arena shows was not to be missed last Friday.

Izzard was on great form with a set that pokes fun at creationists, the Ten Commandments, Noah’s Ark and which is best: PC or Mac. So, with the exception of that last item, all was safe and uncontroversial.

The hour (maybe hour and a half, I wasn’t paying attention) sped by at a pace just short of manic, slowed only by the odd strange heckle (‘daddy… daddy… I want you to be my daddy’) which enhanced the evening in way those who sit at the back MEN are unlikely to experience (this what makes an intimate gig, I guess).

The only downside was sitting with some occasionally fidgety students, on whom the late start seemed to take a toll. Kids today just don’t have any stamina.

Anyway. If you get a chance to see him later this year, take it.

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