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Eddie Izzard 

When: Sat., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $50, $75

If the lipstick and eyeliner don't do it for you, the British accent surely will. Yemen-born, British comedian Eddie Izzard is one of the world's funniest transvestites, known for jokes that begin with a heady topic (e.g., religion, the birth of empires, famous dictators) and take it in all kinds of funky directions. It's likely that Izzard has never told a set-up-punchline joke in his entire life, but he's a veritable master of digressions. Izzard finds humor by straddling the thin line between banal and bizarre. ("We stole countries with the cunning use of flags!" he declares, in a monologue about colonialism.) He has the most expressive makeup in all of stand-up comedy, and a deadpan expression to go with it. Eddie Izzard performs at Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland) on Saturday, Jan. 23. 8 p.m., $50-$75. www.Coliseum.com

— Rachel Swan

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