Dame Edna to receive James Joyce Award

Flamboyant comedian Dame Edna Everage will receive a prestigious Irish award tomorrow in recognition of the entertainer's career.

The James Joyce Award will be presented to the Australian performer, aka Barry Humphries, by the UCD Literary and Historical Society.

Dame Edna - dubbed Australia's First Lady - will also take part in an extended interview and a live question-and-answer session with the audience at the Belfield campus.

Conor McAndrews, auditor of the UCD Literary and Historical Society, said the award was in recognition of Mr Humphries' amazing career as a comedian and entertainer.

"With her trademark lilac-coloured hair and over-the-top cat eye glasses, and cleverly wicked humour, Barry Humphries has made Dame Edna one of the world's most recognisable comedians," said Mr McAndrews.

"Comedy has the power to bring people together, to help us transcend the difficulties of our everyday lives, and leave our differences aside, if only for a short time."

Previous recipients of the James Joyce Award include the Beatles' producer and music arranger George Martin; Hollywood comedian Will Ferrell; Harry Potter author JK Rowling; as well as authors Salman Rushdie and Bill Bryson.

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