The pop culture network will present a day-long tribute to the wacky, lovable creation of writer-actor Barry Humphries. Included will be the U.S. premiere of the concert special "Dame Edna—Live at the Palace," which will air at 9 PM ET. Other Dame Edna titles scheduled for the day include "The Dame Edna Experience 1," "The Dame Edna Experience 2" and "Dame Edna—A Night on Mount Edna." (A repeat broadcast of "Dame Edna—Live at the Palace" will air at midnight that evening.) Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the invention of Humphries, a successful character actor in Europe and Australia as well as an esteemed landscape painter. Some of Humphries' theatrical credits include roles in Waiting for Godot, Oliver! and Maggie May, but his most successful outings have been as Dame Edna, a character he created in 1956. Humphries was given the Order of Australia in 1982 and was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University in Australia in 1994. For more information about the inimitable Dame, go to www.dame-edna.com.
The Dame is expected back on Broadway in Back With a Vengeance, beginning Nov. 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
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