Friday, February 29, 2008

Barry Humphries to be Oliver! Judge

You little Darlings!

News this week that Dame Edna's "manager" Barry Humphries is returning to his UK roots this spring.

No, you little minx, I don't mean that Edna is lending him to the Queen to be a gardener at Buckingham Palace. I refer instead to his theatrical roots. Call me old fashioned, but I do!

Humphries first broke into the UK entertainment scene with a role in the original London cast of Oliver! in 1960. And now the BBC have just announced that Humphries will be a judge on the upcoming talent search program "I'd Do Anything" (...well from what Dame Edna has to say, Barry Humphries is a desperate sort...and she means that nicely!). He'll join fellow West End judges in search of the new stars to play the roles of Nancy and Oliver.

The BBC press release tells us:

His first break on the British stage was as creator of the role of undertaker Mr Sowerberry in the original 1960 London stage production. He recorded Sowerberry's feature number That's Your Funeral for the original London cast soundtrack album, and went on to reprise the role on Broadway in 1963.

In 1967 he starred as Fagin in the Piccadilly Theatre's revival, and subsequently reprised the role in Cameron Mackintosh's award-winning staging at the London Palladium.

The program is due to start next month on BBC One. Barry Humphries back in the UK! Don't miss it, Possums!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Farewell to Dame Edna's Bridesmaid Actress

Hello Possums!

Today we are sorry to report the passing of New Zealand's favourite bridesmaid - actress Emily Perry - who played Madge Allsopp, Dame Edna's constant companion and "hanger-on". Emily was always the perfect silent foil to Dame Edna's megastar acerbic tongue, and will live on in our hearts and minds for all time!

BBC Entertainment - Edna's Sidekick Emily Perry Dies

BBC Entertainment - Dame Edna Pays Tribute to Madge

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy Birthday, Barry Humphries!

Hello Possums! Hello Darlings!

Today we send our best birthday wishes to Dame Edna's "manager" Barry Humphries, who turns 74 years young this year.

"What is his secret to enduring youth?", I hear you query. Perhaps he shares Edna's beauty regime ...liberally applying the essence from a wombat's spleen to keep the skin radiant!

To learn more about the man behind the gigastar, we've assembled some online posts and a link to some wonderful biographies and books by this modern renaissance man. Enjoy: