Barry Humphries and Me


Isn’t it time we just put Dame Edna on a plinth so we can just worship her permanently? Wore my Edna specs and Aussie flag dress to premiere. (See picccie.)

The show is hilarious, mischievous and riotous but also very moving – and I don’t mean moving in the Sir-Les-getting-food-poisoning-during-his-mock-cooking-TV segment way. But in a teary-eyed, “what an icon” and “this can’t really be goodbye!” kind of way.

Barry’s not just a dear friend whom I’ve known since I was 19, but also my neighbour. Our houses back on to each other. Whenever he comes back from a trip he emails me to say something like “Kathy, dear, I’m poised at your rear entrance.”


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