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Summary Profile

Every good comedian knows that timing is everything – and with Barry Hilton that goes way beyond the punchline.

Not only is Barry one of the funniest comics around, he’s also one of the most professional, personable and punctual.

He adds comic class to corporate events as the headline act or the MC, with a repartee that’s intelligent, observational, impeccably timed and never crude, sexist or racist. Just enormously funny, with a delightful knack of finding the ludicrous and the humorous in daily situations to make us laugh at life.

This old-school comedian is as streetwise as any youngster and remains at the top by continually writing fresh material.

Barry is a South African globetrotter, and the first South African to headline four shows at the prestigious Harrah's Improv at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. This year he will open the Hong Kong 2014 Comedy Festival, building on a career that’s seen him fill 4,000-seat auditoriums with his solo shows and delight the notoriously tough crowds at London’s Clapham Grand.

His global track record highlights Barry’s ability to cut through all boundaries and appeal to any nationality, race or age. His gregarious personality makes him a people’s person, happy to engage with the audience before and after his shows.

In 2013 his industry peers paid tribute to Barry by presenting him with A Lifetime Achiever Award in South Africa’s Annual Comics’ Choice Awards.

Rave Reviews

Informa Telecoms and Media Awards

“ As a leading UK-based events company organising conventions around the world, we have used the services of Barry Hilton twice to host our industry Awards evenings in Cape Town. His humour has kept our combined international and local audience very entertained and his ability to then instil the required decorum to reflect the gravitas of the Awards that he then introduced was right on the button. He was funny and then respectful which was just the balance we were looking for. Barry did a great job for us.

- Ian Ian Hemming CEO Informa Telecoms & Media

Hong Kong

"Explosive, Universal and Very Funny"

- Jami Gong Founder and Owner of the TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong



“Barry seamlessly transcends cultural boundaries and appeals to an international audience”

- Umar Rana, Founder, Comedy Masala Singapore


"A master comedian; Barry Hilton owns the stage. The venue was packed to capacity and a great time was had by all."

- Grant Ferris of the Laughter Lounge in Dublin 


"Hilarious, we hope he comes back soon. Barry attracts more British audience members than any other international comedian."

- Pamela Doran of London's Clapham Grand

Sydney, Australia

"Barry Hilton must be the funniest comedian to have ever come out of South Africa and he is set to be one of the big comedy names in Australia and everywhere else that he is now working,"

- Graeme Gillies, Owner Grayboy Entertainment, Sydney

Hong Kong

“My friends and colleagues all enjoyed Barry’s show so very much. We have a group of friends from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, so it was surprising that the content of Barry’s performance appealed to everyone at one level or another. It would be my experience, that the show has an ‘international’ flavour and you ‘don’t have to be South African’ to appreciate the humour and the context of the comedy. As a professional woman I was also pleased that the content was funny without being crass or vulgar in anyway. I thought Barry showed outstanding talent and was entertaining to an audience of mixed age, profession and culture. I am happy to provide this letter of recommendation”

- Gina McLellan - Director Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Macau


Doha and Dubai

“We just want to thank you for coming to the Middle East and absolutely rocking both Doha and Dubai. We have had so many compliments about the show I don’t know where to begin. The Laughter factory is delighted with the response. Our Aussie, USA and British members loved your comedy and we are already getting lots of requests for your return visit. Our diary is always open for you. Please don’t be a stranger. Love and best wishes.”

- Gail Clough Owner of The Laughter Factory Dubai


Melbourne, Australia

Barry rocked Melbourne with 2 amazing nights that had both his biggest South African fans and his newest Aussie converts in hysterics and cheering for more. Look out New Zealand!

- Col Cameron: Australian Comedian and Corporate Entertainer


Auckland, New Zealand

Gigged with Barry Hilton last night, the guy is phenomenal! His impressions are Pryor-esk, his no profanity delivery reminded me of the great BTJ, a true privilege to share the stage with him!

- Mike King: New Zealand Comedian and Corporate Entertainer

Los Angeles

Barry was absolutely hilarious last night. A real hit with the crowd, Americans and all.

- Gabriel Vorobiof

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