Direct from sold out performances in Australia and Zimbabwe, South African Comedy icon Barry Hilton’s next performance on home ground will be taking place at the Rockwell Theatre in Cape Town on Saturday, March 12, where he will showcase ‘Evolver’ – his latest show featuring brand new material.
The Mother City has a special place in Hilton’s heart. He spent his high-school years in Cape Town (at Observatory Boys High) before qualifying and working there as an electrician for almost a decade. His daughter and grand-daughter live in Cape Town and the city has been a rich source of material for the charismatic comedian. He regularly fills the 4500-seater Grand West Arena with his solo performance and calls Cape Town airport his second home.
After what can only be described as one of the most successful careers in South African stand-up history, Hilton received the Comics Choice Lifetime Achiever Award in 2013.
His universal appeal has created a global fan base and he is equally at home on the stages of Botswana, Swaziland, DRC, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia as he is on the stages of Dubai, Las Vegas, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
“Funny is funny,” says Hilton, who recently relocated to picturesque Hermanus in the Western Cape. “Whether I’m working an audience in Dubai, Zambia, New Zealand or Las Vegas, we laugh together at everyday things that everyone can relate to – regardless of their age or nationality.”
Hilton, who is especially renowned for his signature physical impressions and facial expressions, continues: “I just see things differently.
It’s not even as if I’m on the lookout for new material, it literally just jumps out at me. Every day. All day. Travelling so extensively gives me heaps of new material and makes me focus on making my material accessible to as many people as possible,” adds the comedian.
* Tickets priced at R130 can be booked at Computicket.