Barry Humphries

Comedian, Theatrical Composer

1934 –

69

Who is Barry Humphries?

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE is an Australian comedian, satirist, artist, and author. Humphries is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also 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 have brought him international renown, and he has also 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 which was first published in Private Eye magazine. The stories about "Bazza" gave wide circulation to Australian slang, particularly jokes about drinking and its consequences, and the character went on to feature in two Australian films, in which he was portrayed by Barry Crocker.

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Born
Feb 17, 1934
Kew Vic
Also known as
  • Madge Allsop
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Australians
Nationality
  • Australia
Profession
Education
  • University of Melbourne
  • Melbourne Grammar School
Employment
  • Columnist
    (1964 - )
Lived in
  • Cremorne

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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