Thirty years on the road, six children, two ex-wives, a new wife, six DVDs, two films, Vegas, Cleese, Connolly, Monkhouse, millions of flight miles, and a Lifetime Achiever statue on his mantelpiece.... No one is the ultimate South African comedy behemoth like Barry Hilton.
This versatile and dynamic comedic icon, forged in the fires of the worldwide comedy circuit from London to Hong Kong, handles the audience with captivating charm and contagious ease. His impeccable timing and tap-dancing mind will make any audience glad they came, regardless of their personal background.
Hilton has had one of the most successful careers in South African stand-up history and shows no signs of slowing down.
In 2013, he became the first South African to headline four shows at the famed Harrah's Improv at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
In 2014, the "cousin," as he is affectionately known throughout the country, completed a UK tour, opened the Hong Kong 2014 Comedy Festival, and performed in Singapore and Macau. He wowed the notoriously critical audience at London's Clapham Grand, and his hilarious performances in Dubai had him nominated with John Cleese for Best Comedy Act at Dubai's Timeout Nightlife Awards 2013. Not bad for a former electrician who couldn't stop himself from laughing.
Given the magnitude of his accomplishments and demanding schedule, Hilton does not appear to age; rather, his life experience serves as fuel for his distinctive worldview. This seasoned raconteur just sold out a 4200-seat arena concert, which no other local comic has ever accomplished.
In classic Barry fashion, he followed that up with a sold-out two-hour performance in Sydney's historic Opera House. Hilton describes this performance as a career highlight, while ex-patriot South Africans and Australians alike lauded it as "stellar..." "... first-class," and "thoroughly entertaining..."
Barry is recognised to numerous generations as a gentleman comic and a master craftsman with immaculate timing, an unexpected hairline, and a stare that doesn't miss a thing, with sets that are never filthy, cruel, or mean-spirited, but always humorous.
Many people may be surprised to learn that their favourite comedian is also a terrific serious actor - he's cut his teeth on meaty film roles like Lenny in "Finding Lenny," where his soulful blend of humour and profound empathy makes for important sequences. Award-winning stand-up comedian, movie star, motivational speaker and actor, talk show host, and the face of Savanna Cider and Roman's Pizza. There isn't anything in the media that Barry hasn't conquered.
Barry Hilton is an institution that has lasted the test of time and continues to impress as he breaks new territory and makes 'em laugh all over the world, thanks to his truly funny bones, unique ability to gauge an audience, firm position on working clean, and relentless work ethic.