Barry Humphries ‘out’ live-on-air UK TV host in viral prank – as viewers praise comedian Dame Edna for keeping a perfectly straight face
He is the legendary comedian known for keeping a straight face.
And Barry Humphries proved last week that he is still so sharp at 87 when he pretended to mistake a British TV presenter for his colleague who recently revealed his homosexuality.
The comedian, best known for his alter ego Dame Edna Everage, was interviewed on the ITV This Morning talk show when he praised stand-in host Dermot O’Leary for his “courage” to be out late in life. .
O’Leary is of course not gay: He was regular host Phillip Schofield who came out last year at the age of 57.
Comedic expert: Barry Humphries proved last week that he is still going strong at 87 when he pretended to confuse a British TV presenter with his recently turned gay colleague
“By the way, I want to seriously commend you for your courage,” Humphries told O’Leary, who has been married to his wife Dee Koppang since 2012.
He kept his face straight as co-host Alison Hammond burst out laughing and O’Leary looked somewhat confused.
Hammond continued to laugh as Humphries said, “Last year, no, no, when he went out and told us about his sexuality.”
Prank: Humphries, best known for his alter ego Dame Edna Everage, was interviewed on the ITV This Morning talk show when he praised backup host Dermot O’Leary (left, with Alison Hammond) for his “courage “to be out late in life
Joke: O’Leary is of course not gay: it was regular host Phillip Schofield who came out last year at the age of 57. Schofield is pictured with his ex-wife Stephanie Lowe on November 6
O’Leary, realizing now what Humphries was doing, nodded and joined in the laughter.
“Because I think a lot of people respected you for that,” the Australian continued.
“Thank you … I will pass this on to the gentleman who is here Monday through Thursday,” replied O’Leary.
Flawless: “I want to congratulate you, by the way, seriously, on your courage,” said Humphries, who kept his face straight as Hammond burst out laughing and O’Leary looked confused.
O’Leary’s response made Humphries come back with, “What? Before looking off camera with a confused expression.
“Your bravery was incredible,” he later added.
Viewers were quick to respond, with many saying they were in tears of laughter while others were confused as to whether this was a joke or a real blunder.
The penny falls: O’Leary said he would “pass this on to the gentleman who is here Monday through Thursday,” referring to Schofield
One viewer said, “Could this interview be funnier? I am literally bursting out laughing! Barry Humphries is hilarious! He just confused Dermot O’Leary with Phillip Schofield. ‘
Another tweeted: “Nothing accidental about it. Barry Humphries is a comedy legend; he knows what he’s doing.
“Despite what some on Twitter seem to think, Barry Humphries knows EXACTLY what he’s doing here,” added a third.
Praise: “Nothing accidental about it. Barry Humphries is a comedy legend; he knows what he’s doing, “tweeted one viewer