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Dame Edna Everage star Barry Humphries Dies, Aged 89

Dame Edna Everage Star Barry Humphries Dies, Aged 89

Barry Humphries, the Australian comedian and satirist who became a global icon for his creation of the flamboyant and hilarious character Dame Edna Everage, has died at the age of 89.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1934, Humphries began his career in the 1950s as a satirical comedian, quickly becoming known for his quick wit and sharp tongue. He gained a cult following in Australia and beyond, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that he created the character that would make him a household name: Dame Edna.

Dame Edna, a larger-than-life character with a signature bouffant hairstyle, outlandish clothing, and a razor-sharp tongue, became an instant hit with audiences around the world. Humphries’ portrayal of the outrageous and outrageous yet endearing Edna was nothing short of genius, and his talent for improvisation and his gift for timing made him one of the funniest comedians of his generation.

Over the years, Humphries continued to delight audiences with his performances as Dame Edna, as well as his other beloved characters, including Sir Les Patterson, the foul-mouthed Australian cultural attaché, and Sandy Stone, the aging suburbanite. He also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including “The Hobbit” and “Absolutely Fabulous.”

Unfortunately his career did not come without some controversy.

Humphries came under fire for anti-trans statements in 2016, and after blowback, apologized.

Humphries, who was 81 at the time of the 2016 remarks, was agreeing with Germaine Greer when he said of trans women, “You’re a mutilated man, that’s all. Self-mutilation, what’s all this carry on? Caitlyn Jenner — what a publicity-seeking ratbag.”

Humphries replied to the blowback: “I don’t know anything about politics. You can’t describe the world as it is anymore. You get jumped on. I’m happy to say I do. I give offense therefore I am. Not too much offense, though.”

Humphries will be remembered though as a master of the art of comedy, and his contributions to the world of entertainment will be remembered for years to come. His wit, his irreverence, and his ability to make audiences laugh will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Barry Humphries, and thank you for the laughter you brought to so many people’s lives.

Barry Humphries, the Australian comedian and satirist who became a global icon for his creation of the flamboyant and hilarious character Dame Edna Everage, has died at the age of 87.
Dave Chappelle's Controversial Netflix Special Get's Two Emmy Nods

Dave Chappelle’s Controversial Netflix Special Get’s Two Emmy Nods

Here we go.

Dave Chappelle’s The Closer premiered on Netflix in October 2021 to much controversy because of his jokes about “marginalized people” (i.e. transgender). Well Dave Chappelle has landed two Emmy nods for his standup special.

Via CNN Business: In October Chappelle’s special thrust Netflix (NFLX) into one of the biggest crises in the company’s history. But the streaming giant stood by “The Closer,” despite it being criticized as transphobic by some LGBTQ+ advocates, artists and even Netflix’s own employees, who staged a walkout amid the controversy. Ted Sarandos, the company’s co-CEO and chief content officer, soon acknowledged that he “screwed up” and could have done a better job in terms of communicating with Netflix employees. Although Sarandos apologized, he told The Wall Street Journal that he wouldn’t second guess the decision to release Chappelle’s special. “We have articulated to our employees that there are going to be things you don’t like,” Sarandos told the Journal in October. “There are going to be things that you might feel are harmful. But we are trying to entertain a world with varying tastes and varying sensibilities and various beliefs, and I think this special was consistent with that.”

The Closer” is nominated for variety special and directing for a variety special.

The 74th Emmy Awards will air on NBC September 12.