South Africa’s favourite cousin and globetrotting comedian, Barry Hilton is heading East. The award winning comedy icon, will be performing in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur next February.
Having cemented his position as this country’s biggest selling resident comedian with his solo performance for a staggering 4200 people at Carnival City in Johannesburg last year, Hilton’s fan base spans continents.
While in Hong Kong for a sold out show in 2012, he secured a jump up at The TakeOut Comedy Club, the first full time comedy club in Hong Kong, China and Asia and voted #1 Entertainment in Hong Kong by Lonely Planet. So impressed were the patrons and club owner, Jami Gong, that Barry was invited back the following year.
“Barry’s show is universal, explosive and very funny,” says Jami. “Selecting him to headline the club’s 6th anniversary celebrations was a no-brainer. Our audiences are an eclectic bunch representing people from across the globe and they love Barry’s easy-going style that leaves them gasping for air.”
Barry went on to kick start the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival in 2014 with shows in Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong. “In the last few years, Hong Kong has become the epicenter of an Asian comedy revolution,” says Festival Founder Jami Gong. With both the comedians and the audience arriving from every corner of the world, Gong bills it as the world’s most diverse comedy audience.
In 2015 Barry headlined the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival with over 60 of the world’s funniest comedians entertaining more than 20,000 people. “It was a smasher event and I was thrilled to perform as a headliner at the gala show,” says Barry.
With performances to people of every nationality under his belt, Barry has fine-tuned his shows to international audiences. Anyone can relate to Barry’s comedy style because, apart from the odd gag, his laugh raising is mainly the comedy of observation. He takes everyday occurrences and people, adds the personal touch and references to his home and children and keeps the laughs coming at an incredible rate. It’s no wonder he keeps being invited back to venues across the world!
“Barry seamlessly transcends cultural boundaries and appeals to an international audience,” says Umar Rana, Founder of Comedy Masala Singapore. Recently voted as one of the Top 10 comedy clubs around the world, Singapore’s Comedy Masala will once again host Barry during February 2017.