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John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian, satirist, dadaist, artist and character actor perhaps best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife, and Sir Les Patterson, Australia's foul-mouthed cultural attaché to Britain. He is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter.

Other work

Humphries is the author of many books including two autobiographies, two novels and a treatise on Chinese drama in the goldfields. He has also written several plays and has made dozens of recordings. His first autobiography More Please won the J.R. Ackerley prize for biography in 1993.

  • Bizarre. Compilation. London: Elek Books, 1965.
  • Barry Humphries' Book of Innocent Austral Verse. Anthology. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1968.
  • Bazza Pulls It Off!: More Adventures of Barry McKenzie. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1971.
  • The Wonderful World of Barry MacKenzie. With Nicholas Garland; a comic strip. London: Private Eye/Andre Deutsch, 1971.
  • Barry McKenzie Holds His Own. Photoplay, with Bruce Beresford. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1974.
  • Dame Edna's Coffee Table Book: A guide to gracious living and the finer things of life by one of the first ladies of world theatre. Compendium. Sydney: Sphere Books, 1976.
  • Les Patterson's Australia. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1978.
  • Bazza Comes Into His Own: The Final Fescennine Farago of Barry McKenzie, Australia's first working-class hero — with learned and scholarly appendices and a new enlarged glossary. With Nicholas Garland. Melbourne, Sun Books, 1979.
  • The Sound of Edna: Dame Edna's Family Songbook. With Nick Rowley. London: Chappell, 1979.
  • A Treasury of Australian Kitsch. Melbourne: Macmillan, 1980.
  • A Nice Night's Entertainment: Sketches and Monologues 1956–1981. A Retrospective. Sydney: Currency Press, 1981.
  • Dame Edna's Bedside Companion. Compendium. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982.
  • Punch Down Under. London: Robson Books, 1984.
  • The Complete Barry McKenzie. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1988.
  • Shades of Sandy Stone. Edinburgh, Tragara Press, 1989. Limited edition.
  • My Gorgeous Life. As Edna Everage. London: Macmillan, 1989.
  • More Please. Autobiography. London, New York, Ringwood, Toronto, and Auckland: Viking, 1992.
  • The Life and Death of Sandy Stone. Sydney: Macmillan, 1990.
  • Neglected Poems and Other Creatures. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1991.
  • Women in the Background. Novel. Port Melbourne: William Heinemann Australia, 1995.
  • Barry Humphries' Flashbacks: The book of the acclaimed TV series. Sydney and London: HarperCollins, 1999.
  • My Life As Me: A Memoir: Autobiography. London: Michael Joseph, 2002.

He has been the subject of three critical and biographical studies and a TV documentary:

  • The Real Barry Humphries by Peter Coleman. London: Coronet Books, 1991.
  • Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilization: Backstage with Barry Humphries by John Lahr. New York: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1992.
  • A Portrait of the Artist as Australian: L'Oeuvre Bizarre de Barry Humphries by Paul Matthew St. Pierre. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.
  • The Man Inside Dame Edna (2008), TV documentary

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