EVENTS – GO, possums! GO

ednaTrue story: Dame Edna once gave me a black eye. With a gladiola. No joke, I had a shiner for a week. But I’ll get to that story in a minute. First things first.

Not *all* great things in LA are hidden… but they all need your support!
What: Dame Edna Everage’s FIRST LAST TOUR
Where: Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown
When: Until June 21
TIP: Subject to availability, $20 Hot Tix may be purchased on the day of performance at the box office (cash only). Exact seat locations are not given over the phone. Tickets limited to two per household. To learn more about Hot Tix, call Audience Services at (213) 628-2772.

[youtube][/youtube]If you have had the pleasure of attending any of her previous shows, you have probably already bought tickets for this. If you have never seen Dame Edna live, LISTEN TO ME… get off your rear and make an effort to see her right now because not only may this be your last chance, but your world will instantly become far more fabulous once you do. Trust me on this. I would not steer you wrong. While a Dame Edna show may seem like silly camp, it’s much more. It’s non-stop laughter and who doesn’t need that?!? In truth, Barry Humphries may easily be the quickest witted performer alive. Nobody else holds a candle. Edna is an absolute treasure to watch, so go… and laugh your gladiolus off!

Curious about how she gave me a shiner? Well, that and more Dame Edna info after the jump.

As for the black eye… the first time I experienced Dame Edna live was at the Schubert in 2001. As the show ended, Edna was throwing gladiolus (her signature flower – MAC cosmetics even made Dame Edna gladiola lipstick for a time) into the crowd, as she is wont to do. (And that woman has a pitching arm, let me tell you.) After throwing flowers into the crowd for a time, she stopped and walked backstage. I thought she was finished and the show was over. Little did I know that she was reloading. “No gladiola for me!” I said to myself as I leaned over to grab my purse… but when I stood back up, a long-stemmed yellow gladiola came hurtling through space aimed straight for my eyeball. Knocked my glasses clean off. They say mass x velocity = momentum… well trust me, the tiny mass of a flower thrown roundhouse by Dame Edna can pack some serious momentum.

For the next week, people grilled me about my eye… but when I told them the truth of what happened, “Dame Edna Everage accidentally slugged me with a gladiola” just didn’t seem to be the answer they were looking for. I received confused stares mostly. But, it’s a good story and an important lesson was learned: it’s always best to quickly duck when a large Australian man in a sequined dress hurtles flowers at your head.

[youtube][/youtube]DAME EDNA’S BIO
“Dame Edna is probably the most popular and gifted woman in the world today. Housewife, investigative journalist, social anthropologist, talk show host, swami, children’s book illustrator, megastar, celebrity spin doctor and icon.

With Olivia Newton-John, Rupert Murdoch, Kylie Minogue, the late Steve Irwin, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Dame Joan Sutherland, she is the most prominent of a remarkable succession of stars to emerge from Australia.

During the 1970’s Dame Edna’s success in her homeland was repeated in Britain with London stage shows including Housewife Superstar! and A Night with Dame Edna. Subsequently, she has performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall and at the prestigious Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Television triumphs include critically acclaimed UK specials, An Audience With Dame Edna, and Another Audience With Dame Edna. She also hosted two series of her own innovative chat show, The Dame Edna Experience, and The Dame Edna Treatment where her past guests have included Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Liza Minnelli, Sean Connery, and Mel Gibson.

On Broadway, her sensational vehicle, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour received a Special Tony Award for Live Theatrical Event. The Outer Critics Circle has also bestowed upon her a Special Achievement Award. Dame Edna has recorded numerous TV specials, the last of which, A Night on Mount Edna, won the foremost European Entertainment Award, the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991. Edna’s other notable awards include first prize in the San Francisco International Film Festival, a Gold Award at the New York Film and TV Festival, and a British Academy Award Nomination for The Dame Edna Experience.”

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