RIP Barry Humphries

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  • LoveUniHateExams

    Comedy legend Barry Humphries passed away yesterday aged 89. He was the genius behind Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.

    Humphries was also an intellectual, with a huge personal library of first prints and rare editions. He apparently dropped out of studying Law because he found it 'boring', from what I remember reading about him. Instead, he created a number of comedy characters - as much for his own amusement as ours.

    Here's to a long life, well-lived 🥂

  • Phizzy

    I always loved Barry, very funny, satirical and a bit anarchic. I remember he put an exhibit in an Art Exhibition, it was two big boots, filled with custard, and entitled "Puss in Boots" !

    I first encountered his work when I was a very young feller in the magazine Private Eye where he had a cartoon strip called "Barry Mackenzie" , I didn't always get the humour and references as a callow youth, but appreciated all his work in later years. The one character name that still makes me laugh, was the sleazy Union Rep type he invented , who he named "Lance Boyle" IIRC.

    RIP Barry.

  • slimboyfat

    I saw him live in 2013 - he was the best

    “I was born with a priceless gift, the ability to laugh at the misfortune of others”

    ”Don’t judge Australia by the Australians”

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  • Simon

    One of the few truly funny greats, very quick witted, always left you smiling.

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  • slimboyfat

    Another great collection of clips

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