Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies

From classic HBO specials to arena-comic concert flicks, these bits continue to crack us up

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14. 'Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill' (1999)

If History of the World: Part 1 wasn't already taken as a title for a comedy, British raconteur and "executive transvestite" Eddie Izzard could have easily used it for this polyglot parade through human civilization. "I grew up in Europe," he says "where the history comes from." His stream-of-conscious style is both literate and loose, and his astute retelling of cultural milestones — from the Druids to the Church of England to the Nazis — is as silly and as biting as a Monty Python sketch. (No less than John Cleese referred to Izzard as "a lost Python.") Oh, and he does it all in lipstick and heels — and then does the whole act in French on the DVD. Impressive. SC

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