South African and world acclaimed stand-up comedian Barry Hilton is set to perform in Zimbabwe next month.
By Moses Mugugunyeki
With a track record of 30 years in comedy, Hilton, who has raised the world’s laughter level considerably, will stage a “one night only” performance at Reps Theatre in Belgravia.
His performance comes on the heels of Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime who gave a scintillating act at 7Arts Theatre in November last year.
Show organisers — Xtratime Entertainment — said the legendary comedian has confirmed coming to Zimbabwe and bookings are already in progress.
“He is coming in February. Show bookings can be made at Spotlight Reps Theatre foyer,” said Terrence Mbirimi of Xtratime Entertainment.
Hilton’s Zimbabwe performance is among his early 2016 global tour that kicks off with a three-city tour of Australia, where he will perform in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.
“He will come to Zimbabwe on February 27 for a one night only performance,” he said.
Hilton was born in Zimbabwe before his family moved to North Wales and later South Africa in the 1960s.
His training on the comedy circuit alongside the likes of John Cleese, Billy Connolly and Bob Monkhouse has made him a global icon in comedy. In 2013 the comedy industry in South Africa paid tribute to him with a Lifetime Achiever award, which was presented to him at the Annual Comics’ Choice Awards.
He was the first South African to perform at the prestigious Harrah’s Improv at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, headlining four shows. Last year he opened the Hong Kong 2014 Comedy Festival, followed by performances in Singapore, Macau and Shanghai.
His hilarious performances in Dubai saw him being shortlisted alongside Cleese for the Best Comedy Act in Dubai’s Timeout Nightlife Awards 2013.
Besides stand-up comedy, Hilton is a corporate entertainer, motivational speaker and actor. He has featured in two movies, produced five stand-up comedy DVDs, hosted TV talk shows and featured in numerous TV commercials.
His universal appeal has created a global fan base through tours taking him to the United States, Hong Kong, London, Ireland, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Mauritius.