Saturday, August 13, 2011
Screen Gem Saturdays: Dame Edna in San Diego
A few years ago, I went to NYC to visit my friend Scott. The two of us went to a few Broadway shows, including “Avenue Q” and Australia’s Dame Edna. Previous to that, I’d only heard of Dame Edna, and thought “How stupid; some guy puts on a pink wig and does some talk show schtick.” After I saw “her” live, I definitely changed my opinion. With a wicked wit, a comically rubbery face, and impeccable timing, Dame Edna is a live show not to be missed. Although each show does follow a script, the fact that she actually interacts with members of the audience makes each performance unique. Dame Edna is always able to stay a few steps ahead of the audience and keeps them in a state of constant laughter.
One thing that’s consistant between each show is that she pelts the audience with her favorite flower, the gladiola, at the close of each performance. Through circumstances not worth mentioning, I caught two of her shows here in San Diego recently. As mentioned previously, the gist was the same each night, but as she hand-picked members of the audience to join her, both nights were able to showcase her comic brilliance and improvisational skills.
If Dame Edna comes to your town, get a ticket as soon as you can and witness her “caring & sharing.” To see more classic Hollywood photos, visit my regular website.