Friday, March 26, 2010

Dame Edna Dances to Beyonce’s Single Ladies

Dame Edna Everage is a character played by Australian comedian Barry Humphries. As Dame Edna, Humphries has written several books and hosted various television shows on which Humphries has also appeared as himself. In 1979 Dame Edna was the subject of a BBC Arena mockumentary La Dame aux Gladiolas.

According to a recent article at, Dame Edna, who never ceases to both amaze and delight with her/his hilarious and crazy antics, decided to emulate the now famous music video. The only difference is that Dame Edna’s backup dancers were males.

Dame Edna

If you’re a fan of the lilac-haired Dame Edna Everage, who has appeared in several shows including UK talk show “Parkinson,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and most recently “The View,” you can also catch her in her current show on Broadway “All About Me.” nd Dame Edna and co-star Michael Feinstein don't expect us to buy into the show's superficial premise: that each believes the project is a solo vehicle and views the other as an intruder. This comic conceit is reinforced by the playbills half show Feinstein on the cover and don't mention Humphries or Edna in the credits, and vice versa and a bit of shtick featuring brawny Gregory Butler and Jon-Paul Mateo as Edna's security detail.

Dame Edna

But we never doubt that this leading man and, um, lady will forge an understanding, through song and dance and humor. Feinstein, a ferocious musical multitasker, delivers robust performances of some of the songbook standards he has championed throughout his career. He also introduces new tunes, including a few witty confections co-written with Humphries.

Public figures from Susan Boyle to beleaguered New York Gov. David Paterson were also targets, as was Feinstein, of course. Given its cheeky and undeniably flimsy foundation, the show would never fly if its stars merely kissed and made up. Thus, while Feinstein's fuming ceases once a truce is brokered, Edna continues to get her digs in, hilariously. The girl can't help it.

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