Comedian Barry Hilton’s 2012 tour of Australia and New Zealand got off to a great start in Melbourne at The Palms, Crown Casino on 3 August. Local comedian Col Cameron opened the show on a high note and Barry took things to the next level soon after that. With an audience comprised of Ex South Africans as well as a large Australian contingent, the laughs kept coming at a rate of knots.
While in Melbourne, Barry (quiet unexpectedly) also worked three nights at the Comics Lounge to great applause to a purely Australian audience and has been invited back for a run as the headline act.
His show in Adelaide was a sold out run-away success even after it got off to a shaky start with the plane being diverted and almost not reaching Adelaide. Whereas the Adelaide gig was part of a run organized by the Afrikaans Club, the Crown gig was the result of an Australian promoter seeing Barry work last year and inviting him back as an international act in this prestigious venue which hosted Wayne Brady just a few weeks before. A prominent entertainment booking agent came to see the show and Barry has made contact with other local agents, including Grayboy Entertainment, who have listed him on their ‘books’ and given him contracts as on-board headline entertainer on international cruise liners. Barry has been granted an Australian maritime visa which is valid for the next three years and is headlining the Sun Princess cruise from Brisbane to Cairns next week.
The Australia New Zealand tour ends in Perth on 1 September; before then he will have public performances in Brisbane, Mackay, Toowoomba, Sydney, Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington, full itinerary at www.barryhilton.com