February 22, 2003
Re "Dear Edna: Why Can't We Laugh Anymore?" Opinion, Feb. 16: Three cheers for Richard Rodriguez and his generous, cosmopolitan take on Dame Edna Everage. U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans can, and constantly do, laugh at themselves; and they know how to laugh along with those who laugh at them. But why did the staff at Vanity Fair think (if they stopped to think) that their readers would get the joke? Its butt, of course, is the self-styled romantic, Dame Edna herself, and the whole "agony aunt" business, not the hapless, Spanish-speaking potential conquests.
May 18, 2001 |
What do you go for? Go see a show for? The old Harry Warren-Al Dubin song "Dames" says it's dames, plural. But Dame Edna Everage--Australia's unofficial first lady, a goodwill ambassador and wonderfully cheery insult comedian--is another, singular matter entirely. She's the dame in "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour," now at the Shubert Theatre. And she is hilarious.
March 20, 2004 |
Three performances remain to catch "A Night With Dame Edna" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. People eager to scream with laughter should secure admission posthaste. The latest edition of comic anarchy from Dame Edna Everage brings Segerstrom Hall to its knees, in "the nicest possible way." Subtitled "The Show That Cares," it is formatted on the lines of Dame Edna's globally celebrated "Royal Tour," a 2000 Tony winner and a smash in 2001 at the now-defunct Shubert Theatre.
February 25, 1993 |
Cover Your Ears: The national anthem wasn't the last we'll hear of Roseanne Arnold's vocal cords. She is set to sing again Sunday night on Fox's "Edna Time" special starring Dame Edna Everage, alter ego of Australian actor Barry Humphries. During the special, Roseanne and Dame Edna battle for the attentions of another guest: Roseanne's husband, Tom Arnold.
February 21, 1991 |
Hitler Hoax to TV: The strange events surrounding the 1983 "discovery" and sale of the forged diaries of Adolf Hitler--one of the great literary hoaxes of this century--will be depicted in a five-part British TV series called "Selling Hitler." The tongue-in-cheek look at how so many eminent people were duped will air this summer in Great Britain.
January 15, 1992 |
Blackwell's Blacklist: Fashion arbiter Mr. Blackwell has his hook out for Julia Roberts; he put her atop his 32nd annual list of worst-dressed women. Blackwell called Roberts a "tacky Tinkerbell from fashion Neverland" and described country singer Wynonna Judd, ranked second, as "Hulk Hogan in sequins." The rest of the list, in order: Delta Burke, Tyne Daly, Jodie Foster, Carly Simon, Faye Dunaway, Kathy Bates, Jane Seymour and Dame Edna Everage, the stage creation of Australian Barry Humphries.