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Barry Humphries

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, dadaist, artist, author and character actor, perhaps best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife and "gigastar", and Sir Les Patterson, Australia's foul-mouthed cultural attaché to the Court of St. James's. He is a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only the most significant theatrical figure of our time … [but] the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin. Humphries' characters, especially Dame Edna Everage, have brought him international renown, and he has appeared in numerous films, stage productions and television shows. Originally conceived as a dowdy Moonee Ponds housewife who caricatured Australian suburban complacency and insularity, Edna has evolved over four decades to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, acid-tongued, egomaniacal, internationally feted Housewife Gigastar, Dame Edna Everage. Humphries' other major satirical character creation was the archetypal Australian bloke Barry McKenzie, who originated as the hero of a comic strip about Australians in London (with drawings by Nicholas Garland) which was first published in Private Eye magazine. The stories about "Bazza" (Humphries' nickname, as well as an Australian term of endearment for the name Barry) gave wide circulation to Australian slang, particularly jokes about drinking and its consequences (much of which was invented by Humphries), and the character went on to feature in two Australian films, in which he was portrayed by Barry Crocker. Humphries' other satirical characters include the "priapic and inebriated cultural attaché" Sir Les Patterson, who has "continued to bring worldwide discredit upon Australian arts and culture, while contributing as much to the Australian vernacular as he has borrowed from it", gentle, grandfatherly "returned gentleman" Sandy Stone, iconoclastic 1960s underground film-maker Martin Agrippa, Paddington socialist academic Neil Singleton, sleazy trade union official Lance Boyle, high-pressure art salesman Morrie O'Connor and failed tycoon Owen Steele. Description above from the Wikipedia article Barry Humphries, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Feb 17, 1934 In Camberwell, Melbourne, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
71
First Appeared:
In the series The Wednesday Play 1964-09-30
Latest Project:
Series Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch 2021
Known For
Poster of Magical Land of Oz
Poster of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
Poster of Q&A
Poster of RTL Samstag Nacht
Filmography
Series Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch 2021
Movie Standing Up for Sunny Barry Humphries 2019-06-12
Series Magical Land of Oz Narrator (voice) 2019-02-10
Movie Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches Himself 2016-12-31
Series A Granny's Guide to the Modern World 2016-08-03
Movie Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Charlie / Dame Edna 2016-07-01
Movie Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show Herself 2015-12-25
Movie Blinky Bill the Movie Wombo (voice) 2015-08-21
Movie Jack Irish: Dead Point Justice Logan 2014-04-13
Movie Justin and the Knights of Valour Braulio (voice) 2013-08-09
Series The Great Comic Relief Bake Off Contestant (Dame Edna Everage) 2013-01-21
Movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Great Goblin 2012-11-26
Series A Comedy Roast Unknown 2010-04-07
Series Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford Unknown 2010-03-26
Movie Salvation Client 2009-03-19
Movie Mary and Max Narrator (voice) 2009-02-09
Series I'd Do Anything Himself - Judge 2008-03-15
Movie Not Quite Hollywood 2008-08-28
Movie We Are Most Amused 2008-11-12
Series Q&A Himself - Panellist 2008-05-22
Series The Dame Edna Treatment 2007-03-17
Series The Graham Norton Show Herself 2007-02-22
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Series Betjeman and Me Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Da Kath and Kim Code John Monk 2005-11-27
Movie Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? Himself - Edna Everage 2004-11-15
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Series Little Britain Unknown 2003-09-16
Series QI Unknown 2003-09-11
Movie Finding Nemo Bruce (voice) 2003-05-30
Movie Nicholas Nickleby Mrs. Crummies/Mr. Leadville 2002-12-27
Movie Welcome to Woop Woop Blind Wally 1998-08-13
Series Ally McBeal Claire Otoms 1997-09-08
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills Bert / Lady Shopper / Manager 1997-10-07
Movie Spiceworld: The Movie Kevin McMaxford 1997-12-18
Movie The Leading Man Humphrey Beal 1996-12-12
Movie Immortal Beloved Clemens Metternich 1994-12-16
Series RTL Samstag Nacht Unknown 1993-11-06
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Joan Rivers: Abroad in London Dame Edna Everage 1992-10-08
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Dame Edna Everage 1992-05-25
Movie Selling Hitler Rupert Murdoch 1991-06-11
Series Boulevard Bio Unknown 1991-08-06
Series Pebble Mill Unknown 1991-10-14
Series Dame Edna's Hollywood Dame Edna Everage 1991-11-30
Series The Dame Edna Experience Unknown 1987-09-12
Movie Les Patterson Saves the World Sir Les Patterson / Dame Edna Everage 1987-04-09
Movie A (BBC Arena) Birthday Tribute to Dame Edna Everage Edna Everage 1984-01-01
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Himself - Various Roles 1982-09-23
Series Wogan Himself 1982-05-04
Movie A Toast to Melbourne Unknown 1981-01-01
Movie Shock Treatment Bert Schnick 1981-10-30
Movie The Rocky Horror Treatment Himself 1981-02-04
Series Russell Harty Unknown 1980-10-28
Series The South Bank Show Unknown 1978-01-14
Series An Audience with... Dame Edna Everage 1978-01-08
Movie The Getting of Wisdom Rev. Strachey 1977-08-25
Movie Pleasure at Her Majesty's Edna Everage 1976-12-29
Movie Side by Side Unknown 1975-04-30
Movie The Great MacArthy Col Ball-Miller 1975-08-04
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Edna Everage 1974-12-12
Movie Percy's Progress Dr. Anderson / Australian TV Lady 1974-08-01
Movie The Adventures of Barry McKenzie Aunt Edna Everage 1972-01-01
Series Hey Hey It's Saturday Unknown 1971-10-09
Movie The Naked Bunyip Edna Everage 1970-02-02
Movie The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Mr. Wainwright 1968-01-01
Movie Bedazzled Envy 1967-10-30
Series The Wednesday Play Unknown 1964-09-30