The comic, famed for his drag performances as Dame Edna Everage, caused a storm of controversy Down Under after insisting his wife Lizzie Spender, who is British, has "the right-shaped eyes" to settle in Australia, a comment aimed at the large amount of Asian immigrants who live in the country.
After Spender became an Aussie at a ceremony in London last week (ends14Oct12), Humphries told reporters, "She's a lot more Australian than our Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is a 10 pound Pom (British immigrant) with an Adelaide accent.
"At least my wife came to our country voluntarily and not against her wishes. She has the right-shaped eyes. A lot of new Australians are Chinese."
Following criticism of his remarks, a representative for the star insists the comedian was making a joke, and meant no offence.
The spokesperson says, "He would never want to offend anybody... a lot of what Barry says to the press is in jest."
The 78 year old has thrilled audiences with his drag routine for five decades, but insists he is now too old to don Edna's purple wig and outlandish costumes.
The character's upcoming stage show, Eat Pray Laugh! will be her last.
He says, "Edna will crop up on television I guess, but not in a live show. 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."
The comic also remembers watching performers who were past their prime and doesn't want to follow suit.
He adds, "It was commented that 'you should have seen him when he was funny'. I want to avoid that being said about me and know that I can't keep doing it."
Shooting began on the much-delayed project earlier this year (10), with British actor Martin Freeman playing the film's lead role of Bilbo Baggins.
Now director Jackson has confirmed beloved ]funnyman Humphries - most famous for donning a purple wig to play the acid-tongued Dame - will play the Goblin King, with the help of motion capture technology.
He writes on his Facebook.com page, "I'm highly excited that Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum.
"In his spare time, Barry is also a fine actor, and we're looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves."
Another new addition to the ever-growing cast is former Lost star Evangeline Lilly, who will play woodland elf Tauriel.
It's All About Me stars Australian entertainer Barry Humphries as his drag queen alter-ego Everage singing a collection of show tunes with musician/composer Feinstein in what was expected to be a hot ticket.
Previews began on 6 March (10), but the pair has failed to win over critics and Broadway audiences and producers will bring the curtain down for the final time on 4 April (10).
The two-man show opened at Henry Miller's Theatre on 23 March (10).
Barry Humphries is preparing to open It's All About Me in New York, featuring his drag-queen alter-ego Dame Edna.
But the star is fuming after discovering American singer Feinstein has chosen a similar name for his upcoming production - All About Me.
Both shows will open in March (09), with Feinstein's act opening a few days after Humphries'.
The Australian comedian says, "It's All About Me is my title. While I was saddened to hear that Mr Feinstein did not heed my sage advice to change the title of his show, I'm overjoyed to hear that he at least took my suggestion to open his show after mine. I'm sure Mrs Feinstein is very proud of her son."
But Feinstein has hit back at Humphries, insisting he was "very surprised to learn of the similarity of (the) titles," adding: "Titles are not copyrightable. I wish Ms. Edna well. I've heard of her."
The drag-queen alter-ego of entertainer Barry Humphries will take to the stage for It's All About Me on 23 March (09), at a yet-to-be-announced New York venue.
Everage is already stirring up controversy nearly six months before the production debuts - her performance shares the same name as singer Michael Feinstein's new show, which opens just a week later.
In a statement, Everage tells Daily Variety, "While I was saddened to hear that Mr. Feinstein did not heed my sage advice to change the title of his show, I'm overjoyed to hear that he at least took my suggestion to open his show after mine."
It's Everage's third stint on the New York stage - after 2000's The Royal Tour and 2004's Back with A Vengeance.
American singer and pianist MICHAEL FEINSTEIN is teaming up with Australian drag queen DAME EDNA EVERAGE for an unlikely new Broadway show. The odd couple is planning a night of laughs and songs and hope to dazzle New York theatre producers with their routine when they begin shopping it around next week (begs27Jul09), reports the New York Post.