Performing Arts Collection
Comedy
Comedy
Central to the area of comedy is an extensive archive and costume collection tracing the career of Barry Humphries and his alter egos, particularly Dame Edna Everage. Melbourne's lively comedy scene is also represented through artists including Mary Hardy, Wendy Harmer, Max Gillies, Los Trios Ringbarkus, Rod Quantock and the Doug Anthony Allstars.
Colvin, Robert
For nearly a decade Melbourne-based photographer Robert Colvin received requests from a range of comedians to document their acts. Beginning with the opening of the Comedy Café in 1979, Colvin photographed some of Australia’s most successful comedy performers of the 1970s and 1980s.
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Dampier, Claude and Billie Carlyle
The comedy duo of Claude Dampier and Billie Carlyle were active during the 1930s and 1940s, and worked across stage, cinema and radio. Collection holdings include manuscripts, news clippings, photographs, programmes, scrapbook, sheet music Comedy 1917 - 1987
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Doug Anthony All Stars
The Doug Anthony All Stars - or D.A.A.S as they became known - were an Australian musical comedy trio that gained notoriety after a long running slot on the ABC TV series The Big Gig. The trio consisted primarily of Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson, and Richard Fidler and were active from 1984 - 1994. They later produced their own offshoot ABC TV show called DAAS Kapital.
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Gladwin, Neill
Collection holdings include news clippings, programmes, scripts relating to the comedy act Los Trios Ringbarkus. Comedy 1982 - 1988.
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Grossi, Luzio
There are 47 photographs by Luzio Grossi in the Performing Arts Collection capturing Melbourne’s performing arts scene in the 1980s. Subjects include actors Malcolm Robertson, Frederick Parslow, Steve Bisley, Evelyn Krape, and magician Sam Angelico along with Barry Humphries’ comic creation Sandy Stone.
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Hanna, Pat
Pat Hanna (1888 - 1973) Comic, cartoonist and playwright. Collection holdings include documents, music and song, news clippings, photographs, poetry, scripts and sketches. Theatre / Wartime Entertainment, Date range 1915 - 1974.
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Humphries, Barry
Born in Melbourne in 1934, performer and writer Barry Humphries has won international recognition for his creation and portrayal of characters from Australian life, in particular Dame Edna Everage. As the Patron of the Performing Arts Collection, Humphries has donated an extensive collection of his creative work since the 1980s, including costumes, photographs, posters, programmes. Theatre / Comedy 1944 - 2006.
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Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Collection holdings include posters, programmes, photographs. Date range; 1988 -
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Morley, Lewis
Born in Hong Kong in 1925, Lewis Morley first visited Australia in 1940, eventually emigrating in 1971. In 1959 he photographed Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance for the Royal Court and subsequently over 100 West End productions, including its up-and-coming young stars Susannah York, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Anthony Hopkins.
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Norman, Charles
Photographs, scripts, scrapbooks, programmes, unpublished manuscripts. Theatre 1925 - 1996.
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