BARRY HILTON, The Cousin, has reached international status as a stand-up comedian performing all over the world. Many agree that he is, without a doubt, one of the top comedians South Africa has ever seen.
Performing his original brand of South African humour, his sell-out shows are proof of his popularity as the cleanest comedian in the country. He entertains at the highest possible level without barbed prejudice, snide racism or crude language. (He says kak more than a couple of times, but that doesn\'t really count!)
Hilton is an icon and - as many other comedians may agree - a role model in the entertainment industry. A celebrity for sure, yet someone who does not like the title and this just proves his humbleness. In his words he is just a normal oke with a better job than you!
Say the cousin and everybody knows exactly who you are talking about, my china!
Barry Hilton is a household name in South Africa and audiences love his irrepressible sense of humour! He is a skilful, generous and engaging entertainer who pulls out all the stops for audiences across the country and his shows are invariably sold out well in advance.
Known (and loved) as the cleanest comic around, his unique brand of humour has an uncanny ability to entertain and it shows an awareness of the fine line between laughing at and laughing with the jokes about an array of sensitive issues. He has the knack of taking every day situations and turning them into hilarious skits on stage. Barry Hilton is undoubtedly South Africa\'s best-loved funny man!
Talking kak as he puts it, the cousin makes it fun being South African, and if Proudly SA should reward someone for doing his bit for supporting the country, he deserves a nomination. Barrys optimistic outlook on SA makes you feel proud to be a South African. His positively radiant patriotism rubs off and makes the audience feel as one, subconsciously eradicating for a short time, all differences in colour, creed and social standing.
Not only does Barry enjoy sell out South African tours, he performed to sold-out audiences around the globe. He was also the first South African stand-up comedian to perform at the prestigious London comedy club, The Comedy Store. So he\'s obviously got the universal formula right!
With this phenomenal success it is no surprise that he has been in the business for 23 years.
Yes! The man was born funny, and funny he remains! Barry brings the houses down whenever he stands on stage. A stage which he has shared with such comic greats as Billy Connoly, Bob Monkhouse, Bobby Davro and Les Dennis.
Without him even saying a word you laugh, as he has the spiritual energy needed to heighten a person\'s sense of humour by just being himself, and that in itself is an honour. I don\'t work out a routine or anything like that, I just say the first thing that comes into my mind while I am on stage. I love talking nonsense.
His unique style of entertainment is a real winner at corporate functions from golf days and launches right through to conferences and gala banquets. In addition to his corporate shows, Barry has devised an exciting motivational concept for companies. The Laughter Factory shows employees how to bring more laughter into the workplace, and how success comes with laughter.
Barry Hilton is renowned not only for his comedy, but also for starring in commercials (really funny ones) and giving them a certain sense of South African-ness. The Cousin has also featured in several television shows, including his own series entitled Funny You Should Say That on SABC prime time.
Being a prolific writer, Barry pens all his own material, including music. His work has been captured on video and CD and they have all sold extremely well.
So if you feel like you need to laugh or even cry with laughter, find your way to his next show, which will undoubtedly be a hysterical work of art.