John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, Dadaist, artist, author and character actor. He is 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 attache to the Court of St. James's. Humphries 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'.
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