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Ta-ra, Dame Edna — Barry Humphries bids goodbye to his chattier half

<em>Robert Gore-Langton</em> talks to Barry Humphries, alter ego of the gigastar Dame Edna

12 October 2013

9:00 AM

12 October 2013

9:00 AM

Dame Edna is hanging up her tiara. From now on the ‘failed comedian’, as Edna calls her alter ego Barry Humphries, will have to make do without her. Her current tour includes a run at the London Palladium but after she’s graced the provinces, it’s adios, possums. Her last ever live show is currently bringing (I paraphrase her website) a spooky old resilience to people’s lives through laughter, prayer and a life-enhancing enzyme called Vitamin E —  that’s E for Edna.

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Barry Humphries’s Eat Pray Laugh begins in Milton Keynes on 23 October and ends in Manchester in March 2014. For details of tour: http://www.dameednafarewell.com

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