SYDNEY - Australian comedian Barry Humphries said Sunday he would retire iconic character Dame Edna Everage, a gaudy lilac-haired parody of suburbia, because he felt a "bit senior" and was ready to move on. Everage, along with the lecherous and boorish Sir Les Patterson, are Humphries' best-known characters, but the veteran comedian, 78, said his current tour would be their last stage outing.

"Edna will crop up on television I guess but not in a live show," Humphries told Australia's Sunday Telegraph newspaper. "The fact of the matter is that I'm beginning to feel a bit senior. "It's the best aerobics you could do, leaping around on stage, but it's gruelling when there are other things to do." Everage took to Australian television Sunday night to personally confirm her farewell tour.