The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has dumped the Barry Award from its award ceremony following controversy over iconic funnyman Barry Humphries.
The Barry, which honours the festival’s best show, will be renamed to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award.
“Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the world’s greatest comedy festivals and it is time for the award for most outstanding show to be in our name to celebrate the city that inspired the growth of our festival and its outstanding artists,” festival director Susan Provan said.
Australian comedy superstar Humphries made headlines over comments made last year, which were said to be transphobic.
Best known for his popular drag character Dame Edna Everage, Humphries said transgender issues were a “fashion,” adding: “How many different kinds of lavatory can you have?”
He added: “And it’s pretty evil when it’s preached to children by crazy teachers.”
After the comments were made, Barry winners Hannah Gadsby and Zoe Coombs-Marr said Barry’s name should be dumped from the MICF’s top award.