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Barry Hilton
Barry Hilton
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Category:
MC, Comedian
Location:
Hermanus South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Comedy,MC,Stand up comedian
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International award-winning comedian, Barry Hilton, is back in South Africa after wowing the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Describing his two-hour solo show on the world-renowned stage, Hilton said it was the highlight of his career.  One which has seen him perform on global stages, including London’s Royal Albert Hall and Harrah’s in Las Vegas, kick start international comedy festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, shortlisted alongside John Cleese for the Best Comedy Act in Dubai's Timeout Nightlife Award and presented with a Lifetime Achiever Award at the Annual Comics Choice Awards.  
 
"This is the greatest indoor performing space on earth," says singer-songwriter Ben Harper of the Sydney Opera House’s majestic Concert Hall.  While the Sydney Symphony is the major presenting company, major touring artists to have played in this venue include Kanye West, The Cure, Eddie Vedder and now South Africa’s very own Barry Hilton.
 
After what can only be described as one of the most successful careers in South African stand-up history, Barry Hilton continues to push boundaries.  Given the huge scale of his achievements and punishing schedule, Hilton doesn’t seem to age, instead his life experience just provides more fuel for his unique world-view. This seasoned raconteur recently shot the lights out with a sold-out 4200-seat arena show at Carnival City – something no other local comic has ever achieved. 
 
Forged in the fire of the global comedy circuit from London to Hong Kong, this versatile and dynamic comedy icon works the room with magnetic charm and infectious ease. His deft timing and tap-dancing mind leave any crowd thrilled that they came, regardless of their own background.
  
With sets that are never vulgar, malicious nor mean of spirit, but always funny - Barry is known to several generations as a gentleman comic and a master craftsman with flawless timing, an unpredictable hairline and a gaze that doesn’t miss a thing.
  
His genuinely funny bones, his uncanny ability to gauge a crowd, his firm stance on working clean, and his unflinching work ethic make Barry Hilton an institution that has stood the testament of time and continues to impress as he breaks new ground and makes ‘em laugh all over the world.
 
Thirty years of touring, six children, two ex-wives, a new wife, six DVDs, two movies, Vegas, Cleese, Connolly, Monkhouse, millions of air miles and a Lifetime Achiever statue on his mantelpiece... If Barry Hilton isn't the quintessential South African comedy giant, no one is.  
His act is intelligent, observational, impeccably timed and never crude, sexist or racist.  Just enormously funny.  This universal appeal coupled with a rigorous training on the international comedy circuit, give him a professionalism welcomed by any comedy club or corporation - punctual, polite, always topical and always a strong performer.  
International award-winning comedian, Barry Hilton, is back in South Africa after wowing the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Describing his two-hour solo show on the world-renowned stage, Hilton said it was the highlight of his career.  One which has seen him perform on global stages, including London’s Royal Albert Hall and Harrah’s in Las Vegas, kick start international comedy festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, shortlisted alongside John Cleese for th
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Barry Hilton

UPSTAIRS AT BARRYS - The talk highlights:

He is one of the funniest guys around, but truth be told he wasn’t simply born this way. Being born into a working class tradesman family, Barry Hilton – my cousin – had to face the daily challenge of breaking out of the “box” to become the international success that he is today. Refusing to follow in his father’s footsteps of becoming an electrician, working at a job that held no passion for him, and retiring at the age of 65 if he was lucky, Barry chose to fight the system and follow his heart. He refused to allow society’s predetermined “box” to be his lot in life!
 
We always assume that comedians are naturally funny, that celebrities are just perfectly made that way, we assume that someone else simply got lucky – what we don’t know is that it has taken years of hard work, dedication and often too many failures to mention to get them to where they are today.
 
After a wildly successful 33 years as a comedian, Barry Hilton, has amassed all that he has learnt into a humorous, yet insightful talk, about what it means to be successful, and how you too can be uniquely successful at whatever it is you put your mind to. Through his inimitable humour Barry shares with his audience how important small daily successes are in working on the bigger picture.
 
Barry’s story is one of celebrating your daily successes, about being true to who you are, with his most important message being that no matter how many times you fail, what matters most is that you get back up and try again. Failure is never a loss, it is a lesson learnt.

One of Barry’s biggest supporters, his mom, was born with Polio, a disease that left her labled a cripple. One day she asked Barry a simple question – Barry what is success to you? Before Barry was able to answer, she said that for her success was not having to get up during the night to go to the bathroom. Puzzled Barry asked why, it was because in order to simply go to the loo at night, it meant she had to sit up in bed, get her callipers, strap them onto her legs, shuffle in dark to the bathroom, go to the loo, shuffle back to bed, take her callipers off – all the while not waking up Barry’s dad. This simple exercise of going to the bathroom would be a 30 minute episode, by which stage she was wide awake and not able to easily fall asleep again. This is why for her not needing to get up at night was a huge success!
 
So what is success to you? Is it owning a yacht, spending your days sailing the Mediterranean? Is it retiring at the age of 40 never having to work again? Performing to a sold out audience at the Sydney Opera House? Or is it simply not needing to get up during the night to go to the loo? Success and what it means is completely unique to each and every one of us – and just because one definition of success might be different to another definition of success, does not mean that either is wrong!
 
Thomas Edison made 10 000 bulbs before inventing the actual light bulb – when asked how he felt about the other 9999 failures, he simply learnt 9999 ways to make a light bulb!. 

Barry covers the following in his talk "Üpstairs at Barry's"
• How people live in ‘boxes’
• How to get out of the box and become the driver of their own lives
• How to help other people get out of their ‘boxes’
• How ‘winners share and help others to achieve’
• How people can achieve by recognising and utilising their own unique gift
• Barry’s personal experiences and examples
• Barry’s own gift (comedy) and his personal weaknesses
• How to write comedy through an interactive segment with the audience *optional**
PRESENTATIONS by Barry Hilton

UPSTAIRS AT BARRYS - The talk highlights:

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