The legendary Australian comedian Barry Humphires has announced plans to retire his famous character, Dame Edna Everage. Altogether now: aaah.

Humphries, now aged 78 has said that he wants to focus on other things and is starting to feel ‘a bit senior’ to carry on performing as the Lilac-haired icon, who was first created back in 1955.

He said ‘It was commented that “you should have seen him when he was funny”. I want to avoid that being said about me and know that I can't keep doing it.’

So, for now, Humphries will hit the road on his Australian tour on 22nd June with his new show Eat Pray Laugh! before saying ‘Goodbye Possums’ to Dame Edna.

Copyright : Comedy Central UK