Barry Humphries

Biography

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.

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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Gender Male

Known Credits 53

Birthday 1934-02-17

Place of Birth Camberwell, Melbourne, Australia

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Blinky Bill the Movie as Wombo (voice)
2015 There & Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale Recut as Great Goblin
2014 Jack Irish: Dead Point as Justice Logan
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour as Braulio (voice)
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Great Goblin
2010 A Comedy Roast(1 episode)
2010 Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford(1 episode)
2009 Salvation as Client
2009 Mary and Max as Narrator (voice)
2008 I'd Do Anything(0 episodes)
2008 I'd Do Anything(22 episodes) as Himself - Judge
2007 The Dame Edna Treatment(7 episodes)
2006 The One Show(2 episodes)
2006 Betjeman and Me(1 episode)
2005 Da Kath and Kim Code as John Monk
2004 Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? as Himself - Edna Everage
2004 The Tony Danza Show(1 episode)
2003 Finding Nemo as Bruce (voice)
2003 Little Britain(1 episode)
2003 QI(1 episode)
1998 Welcome to Woop Woop as Blind Wally
1997 Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills as Bert / Lady Shopper / Manager
1997 Ally McBeal(11 episodes)
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 The Leading Man as Humphrey Beal
1994 Immortal Beloved as Clemens Metternich
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(4 episodes)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode) as Dame Edna Everage
1991 Dame Edna's Hollywood(3 episodes) as Dame Edna Everage
1991 Pebble Mill(1 episode)
1991 Selling Hitler
1987 The Dame Edna Experience(16 episodes)
1987 Les Patterson Saves the World as Sir Les Patterson / Dame Edna Everage
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball as Himself - Various Roles
1981 Shock Treatment as Bert Schnick
1980 An Audience With Dame Edna(3 episodes)
1980 Russell Harty(1 episode)
1978 The South Bank Show(1 episode)
1977 The Getting of Wisdom as Rev. Strachey
1976 Pleasure at Her Majesty's as Edna Everage
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1975 The Great Macarthy
1975 Side by Side
1974 Percy's Progress as Dr. Anderson / Australian TV Lady
1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own as Edna Everage
1972 The Adventures of Barry McKenzie as Aunt Edna Everage
1971 Hey Hey It's Saturday(1 episode)
1970 The Naked Bunyip as Edna Everage
1967 Bedazzled as Envy
1964 The Wednesday Play(1 episode)
1900 An Audience with...(1 episode)
1900 Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch(12 episodes)
1900 Barry Humphries' Scandals(0 episodes)

Writing

1987 Les Patterson Saves the World … Writer
1972 The Adventures of Barry McKenzie … Writer

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