He's a bloody marvel.
"Barry Humphries is the greatest character comedian to have ever escaped Australia. Fleeing in the 70s like so many other great liberal luminaries such as, Germaine Greer, Nick Cave or Clive James, he allowed himself to rise above the vicious and jocular tall poppy syndrome that Australia suffers from.
If he had stayed in Australia he would most certainly have been killed in a field or relegated to hosting daytime cooking shows. Sir Les Patterson is a character that speaks simultaneously to the very heart of the Australian nature and to the beating heart of British-Australian prejudice. He functions best as a foil to work off in group interviews and this interview with Clive Anderson in the mid 90s is almost good enough to forgive him for the horrid folly that was Les Patterson Saves The World"