(born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist
ist, artist, author and character actor
, best known for his on-stage and television alter ego
s 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.
There is no more terrible fate for a comedian than to be taken seriously. — My Life as Me: A Memoir (2002)
Although there were many who did the dirty on him in the envious world of letters, Stephen never let any of them live rent-free in his brain. — My Life as Me: A Memoir
And so I set these things down before the onset of the first of a thousand small physical degradations as, in a still-distant suburb, Death strides whistling towards me. My Life as Me: A Memoir (closing line) "New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human. "
Hello possums! (Greeting to her audience)
I was born in Melbourne with a precious gift. Dame Nature stooped over my cot and gave me this gift. It was the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others.
(to a member of the audience, Back with Vengeance tour, Melbourne, 2006) I'm trying to think of a word to describe your outfit ...affordable.
The Yartz. (Sir Les's area of concern)
I'm that low I could parachute out of a snake's arsehole and still have room to free-fall.
Are you with me? (Sir Les's usual comment to the audience after a suggestive remark)