Following on from the success of his first live stand-up show at the Ambassadors Theatre and on UK tour in 1993, Eddie returned to London’s Albery Theatre on January 31st, 1994, with a new show, Unrepeatable. It was during this 7-week run (which sold out within a week – a total of 34,000 tickets) that the recording for the Unrepeatable video was made.
Eddie took to the road again in the spring of 1995 with a 56-date sell-out tour of Unrepeatable, throughout the UK and Eire. The release of the video of this show coincided with this tour, and was, like most of Eddie’s recorded performances, filmed in 1 shoot.
A special one-hour version of Unrepeatable was transmitted on Channel 4 on 11th April 1997 and marked Eddie’s first major foray into television – up until then, Eddie had avoided performing live on television and his refusal to do so had become something of a trademark. However, the broadcast of Unrepeatable was a great success.
Eddie said of his live performances, “I never write it down cause I’m a very lazy person and I’m partially dyslexic and it’s not really suited to the kind of comedy I do – I get little ideas and ad-lib them on stage and move them around.”
“Izzard’s innovative style is the comedic equivalent of a cerebral conjuring trick.” The Guardian
“It’s a wonderful hour and a half….just sheer Izzardry….He’s a national treasure not to be missed.” Today
“Eddie Izzard’s one-man show comes to the Albery, lauded with the kind of praise which makes the cynical critic site back in her seat, fold her arms and snarl, ‘Come on then, make me laugh.’ He did. So much so, it began to hurt.” Mail on Sunday
“There is an appealing humanity about Izzard….you feel you could sit listening to this quirky entertainer all night.” Daily Telegraph