Internationally-acclaimed South African comedian Barry Hilton’s show to be held at Reps Theatre in Harare next month is part of efforts to boost the local comedy industry, organisers have said.
The Harare-born Hilton, 59, who is currently touring Australia, will perform in Harare on February 27 in a show that has been put together by Xtratime
Entertainment — the organisers of the popular Ugandan comedian Annie Kansiime’s two sold-out gigs held on consecutive days at the 7 Arts Theatre in November last year.
Xtratime spokesperson Tonderai Mwaita said the forthcoming event will take the local comedy scene to new heights.
“We want to develop the comedy industry that is why we are promoting big names in the industry, including Kansiime.
“Our local comedians will get enough exposure and experience through sharing the stage with these gurus in the industry,” he said.
Mwaita is confident that Hilton will leave Reps Theatre in stitches.
“His face is as funny as his repartee, with sad looks tailor-made for mirth. Barry’s sociable personality makes
him a people’s person, happy to engage with the audience before and after his shows.
“With a track record of 30 years in comedy, Hilton has raised the world’s laughter level considerably. Barry is a seasoned comedian who is as streetwise as any youngster,” said Mwaita.
The award-winning comedian has worked with popular comedians such as John Cleese, Billy Connolly and Bob Monkhouse among others.
In 2013, the comedy industry in South Africa paid tribute to Barry with a Lifetime Achiever Award, presented at the Annual Comics’ Choice Awards and during the same year, he became the first South African to perform at the prestigious Harrah’s Improv at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where he headlined four shows.
Last year, Barry opened the Hong Kong 2014 Comedy Festival, followed by shows in Singapore, Macau and Shanghai.
Apart from staging stand-up acts, Hilton has starred in two movies, produced five stand-up comedy DVDs, hosted TV talk shows and featured in numerous TV commercials, most notably as the Face of Savanna Cider for more than a dozen hugely popular adverts.