Barry Hilton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Barry Hilton
Barry Hilton
PseudonymThe Cousin
Birth nameDavid Barry Hilton
Born (1956-01-29) 29 January 1956 (age 63)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Now Harare, Zimbabwe
NationalitySouth African / British (Dual Citizenship)
Years active1983–present
GenresObservational comedy
Physical comedy
SpouseJMS McKirdy 1972–1980
JB Tweedie 1980–2006
Sandra Hilton 2007 – present

David Barry Hilton (born 29 January 1956 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia) is a South African stand-up comedian. Referred to by his middle name, Barry (aka ‘The Cousin’),[1] he is also an actor,[1][2] television personality[1] and motivational speaker. After 6 years of initially working as an electrician he tried his hand at comedy - turning Professional in 1983 at the age of 26.[3] Inspired by comedians Richard Pryor and Billy Connolly, Hilton's personal style can best be described as a combination of observational, satirical and physical comedy.

Early life and education[edit]

Hilton was born in 1956 to Irene Natalie Lieveaux, a French Mauritian descendant and Lancashire-born father Jack Hilton. In 1961 Hilton's family moved from Southern Rhodesia to North Wales where he attended St Joseph's Roman Catholic Junior School from the age of 5 (1961) to the age of 10 (1966). Ages 11 to 12 were spent at Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl until the family relocated to Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa where his father worked as a bricklayer. From March 1969 to December 1971 Hilton was a pupil at Observatory Boys (now Rhodes High School) but left at age 15 to start an apprenticeship at Joffe Electrical, which he completed in 1974.

Early career[edit]

Hilton in 'Finding Lenny'

Whilst working as the maintenance manager of a hotel frequented by the cast of the comedy television show 'Biltong and Potroast'[4] Hilton met Johnny Noble who managed to get him into his first gig at The Holiday Inn, in Port Elizabeth in May 1983. This was followed by a six-month stint as compere at cabaret spot, the Millionaires Club in Cape Town after which he relocated to Johannesburg to perform at local pub, The Jolly Roger.[5] It was here where agent Josie Broude (of the "Don Hughes Organisation") run by Maurice Fresco[6] discovered Hilton and represented him for 10 years up until her death in 1994. Performances at the Runway Bar, Royal Swazi Sun and Wild Coast Sun followed, making Hilton the first South African comedian ever to perform at the latter.[3] Hilton is also the first South African comedian ever to perform at the Sun City Extravaganza.[7] There he shared the stage with eccentric French actress/dancer/singer Jacqueline Du Gay from Las Vegas whilst continuing to perform as a relatively unknown comic at the Sun City Super Bowl in 'Laugh Aid' 1989.[8] Due to his mother's illness with cancer, Hilton returned to South Africa from a four night gig called 'In on the park' at St Helier on the Channel Islands Jersey where he opened for Billy Connolly. In 1990 he moved back to South Africa permanently, returning to the Runway Bar for four years to continue his work in a new Connolly inspired direction. Here Joe Parker advised him to book sets and take money from the door rather than working for guaranteed money gigs. Basil O'Hagen gave Hilton the opportunity to do so at Dan Keld West, and after having performed for only six people on the first night, gigs picked up steadily and Hilton's career in comedy started to look promising. To date Hilton has opened for comic greats such as Bob Monkhouse, Bobby Davro, Billy Connolly and Les Dennis and is also the first South African to perform at London's Comedy Store.[9] To this day Hilton continues to fill 4000 seat - and more - theaters with his solo shows.[10]

2001 – present[edit]


Besides comedy, Hilton has also contributed to television by hosting talk shows Catch A Wake Up and Funny You Should Say That and TV game show The Generation Game in 2008.[1][11] More recently Hilton guested on TV game show I Love South Africa.[12] He has also guested numerous times on The Expresso Show.[13]

2015 saw Hilton perform a comedy special, titled The Live Series – Barry Hilton. Developed especially for DStv’s Box Office by Mannequin Pictures and launched on Box Office and released later in 2015 on DVD. DStv says sales from show "exceeded expectations", it was one of the best-selling shows on Box Office when it was released in February 2015, selling more rentals than some well-known Hollywood feature films.[14][15][16] Also in 2015, he appeared in an M-NET documentary series titled, My Story. He appeared in Episode 4.[17][18][19][20][21]


Hilton was the Savanna Cider brand face from 1999 to 2011.[22][23] He reprised his role as Larry the Bartender for thirteen commercials in those 12 years.[24] Since 2011 Hilton has featured in fourteen commercials[25] in an ongoing campaign for newly re-launched fast food outlet, Romans Pizza.[26][27] The “Schoolkids” ad was placed ninth in the Millward Browns 2012 Best Liked South African adverts. Between 2012 and 2013 Hilton featured in radio voiceover and print adverts for the Chevrolet Campaign [28] 2014 and three television commercials for Lasher Tools.[29]


Barry Hilton LIVE

At the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood, Hilton was nominated for best actor in a lead role for 'Finding Lenny'[30] which also ended up winning best narrative feature in the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes.[31] In 2010 he starred in a South African stand up comedy feature film titled 'Outrageous'[32] with fellow comedians John Vlismas and Mark Banks. Barry hosted and performed an episode for Comedy Central Africa in June 2012 filmed at Parkers Comedy and Jive[33][34][35] and was shortlisted, alongside John Cleese, for Best Comedy Act Dubai TimeOut Night Life Awards in 2013.[36] Hilton has over seven signature comedy DVDs attributed to his name[37][38] and celebrated 30 years in comedy in 2012.

Live shows[edit]

September 2013 Hilton was the first South African comedian to be invited to perform at The Improv at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.[39] Hilton also performed MC duties for the famous South African singer, Steve Hofmeyr in January 2014. In February Jami Gong from Take Out Comedy Club invited Hilton back to perform his new show, The Way I see It in Hong Kong and Vietnam.[40] Hilton was invited to attend and perform at the Top Gear Festival in Durban, South Africa in June.[41] After a tour of the UK in June,[42] Hilton returned to Hong Kong as one of the headlining acts at the 8th International Comedy Festival in September 2014 with shows in Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau.[43] He followed this up with performances in Australia and New Zealand.[44] Hilton’s audio track of his famous joke, “Nou Gaan Ons Braai” was used on the "Lag n Slag" CD. The CD is a compilation of South African jokes and short stories told by their often famous creators. Other artists featured on the CD are Tolla van der Merwe, Leon Schuster, Nico Nel, Nataniël and Kobus Galloway to name a few. The CD was released for sale in July 2014.[45] In 2012 Hilton launched an online store dedicated to the sale of Braai merchandise. His Nou Gaan Ons Braai clip on YouTube has received over 600 000 views.[46] A solo performance for 4 000 people at Carnival City in Johannesburg in 2015 saw Hilton completely surrounded by the audience on a center stage, a first for South African Comedy.[47][48][49][50] Hilton was the only South African comic to perform at the 2015 KLICFEST in Kuala Lumpur.[51][52][53] In January 2016 Hilton performed in Australia at The Sydney Opera House,[54][55][56][57] Perth Convention Centre[58] and Brisbane Convention Centre.[59]


In June 2013 he was invited back to Live at Parkers and again filmed for Comedy Central with the top rated headlining acts from the past season.[60] In July Hilton received the Comics Choice Lifetime Achiever Award.[61][62] Winners of the prestigious awards are voted by fellow artists and receive a “Waldo” statuette of which only 6 are made each year, however only the "Lifetime Achiever" recipient receives the ring called the "Charles" named after Charlie Chaplain[63] and are 'honoured' at a special grilling at Parker's a few weeks before the formal awards ceremony. Zimbabwean born Hilton qualified for a nomination in 2014's Zim awards for the Personality of the year award. Other nominees included John Vlismas, Getmore Sithole, Melgin Tafirenyika and Leroy Gopal. Hilton won, and was at the prestigious ceremony in Johannesburg to collect his award.[64] In 2015 The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Hilton a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation for assisting in the better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.[65][66]

Personal life[edit]

Hilton and wife, Sandy Hilton

Having six children of his own, Hilton is an avid supporter of the "Little Fighter's Cancer Trust"[67] and continually takes part in charity events to raise money and awareness for the West Rand Heart and Organ Transplant Foundation. Hilton is married to his third wife Sandy Hilton (2007–current) after two previous marriages to Janet McKirdy (1976–1980) and Jane Tweedie (1980–2004). He presently resides in Hermanus, South Africa with his wife and children.

Toured Shows Year Note
Evolver 2016 Wild Coast Sun[68]
Evolver 2016 Sibaya [69]
Evolver 2016 Zimbabwe[70]
Live in Australia 2016 Sydney Opera House, Perth Convention Centre and Brisbane Convention Centre Sydney
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Rockwell Theatre[71]
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 The Ridge Casino Witbank[72]
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Kuala Lumpur Comedy Festival Kuala Lumpur[73]
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Emnotweni [74]
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Silverstar Casino
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Golden Horse
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Lyric Theatre
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Charity, The Guild Theatre Charity[75]
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Singapore [76]
Barry Hilton LIVE 2015 Carnival City [77]
The Way I See It 2014 Secunda Graceland Arena[78]
The Way I See It 2014 Cruiseliner MS Volendam
The Way I See It 2014 Pretoria Atterbury Theatre
The Way I See It 2014 Centurion Theatre
The Way I See It 2014 Mauritius Le Suffren Hotel
The Way I See It 2014 Pietermaritzburg Golden Horse Casino[79]
The Way I See It 2014 Johannesburg Silverstar Casino[80]
The Way I See It 2014 United Kingdom tour[81]
The Way I See It 2014 Cape Town All Star Theatre
The Way I See It 2014 Singapore The Vault [82]
The Way I See It 2014 Hong Kong Comedy Festival[83]
The Way I See It 2014 Australia New Zealand Tour [84]
The Way I See It 2014 Cruiseliner Pacific Pearl
The Way I See It 2014 Zimbabwe The Glasshouse
The Way I See It 2014 Doha The Golf Club
The Way I See It 2014 Pretoria Atterbury Theatre[85]
The Way I See It 2014 Johannesburg Lyric Theatre [86]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Macau Comedy Masala [87]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Singapore Mink Bar [88]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Hong Kong Take Out Comedy Club [89]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Macau Lions Bar [90]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Johannesburg Sun City
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Dubai Madinat Theatre [91]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Cruiseliner SEA PRINCESS[92]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Cruiseliner SUN PRINCESS[93]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Cruiseliner DAWN PRINCESS[94]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Cape Town Baxter Theatre[95]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Durban Sibaya [96]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Live studio audience at Parkers Comedy Club for Comedy Central[97]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Las Vegas Hurrahs [98]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Cape Town Grandwest Arena [99]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Bahrain[100]
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Dubai
Best Of Everything Ever 2013 Johannesburg Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre [101]
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Amsterdam Comedy Theater
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 London Clapham Grand
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Bournemouth
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Dublin Laughter Lounge
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Australia New Zealand tour
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Johannesburg Emperors Palace
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Durban Sibaya
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Pretoria Atterbury Theatre
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Botswana Grand Palm Casino and Resort
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Zimbabwe 7 Arts Theatre
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Johannesburg Sun City
Stand Up Chameleon 2012 Johannesburg Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre
Serial Comic Tour 2011 Grand Arena at Grand West Casino CT Solo performance SOLD OUT
Serial Comic Tour 2011 South Africa Tour SOLD OUT
Serial Comic Tour 2011 Australia and New Zealand
Serial Comic Tour 2011 United Kingdom and UAE
Serial Comic Tour 2011 National Theatre of Namibia
Serial Comic Tour 2011 Grand Arena at Grand West Casino CT Solo performance SOLD OUT
Bafunny Bafunny 2011 Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town
Serial Comic Tour 2011 Public Event hosted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
DVDs Year Note
The Live Series 2014 Special developed for DSTV Box Office by Mannequin Pictures[102][103][104]
Lag 'n Slag 2014 Featuring Tolla van der Merwe, Leon Schuster, Nataniël [105]
Serial Comic 2011 Live at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City[106]
Working Class Cousin 2008 Live at Port Elizabeth Opera House
Afri-Cousin Live 2005 Live at Emperors Palace
Here we go again 2001 Awarded gold disc for sales exceeding 25,000[107]
Live and Switched On 1999 Filmed at Barney's, Randburg Waterfront
TV Year Note
SABC 2 Morning Live 2016 Guest in studio [108]
The Live Series 2016 Developed for DSTV Box Office by Mannequin Pictures[102][103][104]
My Story 2015 Documentary series featuring Barry Hilton in Episode 4 [17][18][20][21][109]
The Expresso Show 2014 Talk Show Guest Top Gear[110]
I love South Africa 2014 Game Show Guest[111]
SABC 2 Morning Live 2013 Guest in studio [112]
The Expresso Show 2013 Talk Show Guest[113]
The Expresso Show 2012 Talk Show Guest[114]
The Expresso Show 2012 Talk Show Guest[115]
The Generation Game 2008 Host (SABC2)[31]
Funny you should say that 2003 Host[11][31][116]
Catch a wake up! 1996 Host with Liz Meiring[117]
Commercials Year Note
Chevrolet campaign 2014 National South African TV advertisement[118]
Lasher Tools 2014 National South African TV advertisement[119]
VW Fox NA National South African TV advertisement
Romans Pizza 2011 National South African TV advertisement[120]
Savanna Cider 1999 Face of the brand 1999 - 2011[121]
Sunday Times SA NA National South African TV advertisement
Spray and Cook NA National South African TV advertisement
Nashua Printers NA National South African TV advertisement
Film Year Note
Snaaks Genoeg 2016 Black Comedy
Cast Casper De Vries, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Johan Botha, Sandra Prinsloo and Benedikt Sebastian
2016 Due for release August 2016
Outrageous 2010 Comedy stand-up movie[122]
Cast Mark Banks, Loyiso Gola, Joey Rasdien, Riaad Moosa, John Vlismas
2010 Screened, The Taormina Film Festival, Sicily Italy
Finding Lenny 2009 Lead role nomination, Best Actor, Feel Good Film Festival, Hollywood
2009 Winner best narrative feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes[32]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Witness". The Witness. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b WITBANKNEWS/NUUS (Friday) 23 September 2011 Page 18
  4. ^ ":: BILTONG AND PROTROAST 2009 ::". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Johannesburg: Nightlife". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Entertainment Agents & Consultants". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Sun City Entertainment Extravaganza: Sun City Guide: Sun City Hotels". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  8. ^ "AEGiS". AEGiS. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Barry Hilton South Africa's Comedian". 25 August 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  10. ^ "New Zealand, SA face off in an epic comedy showdown - Entertainment | looklocal Alberton". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Barry Hilton". 29 January 1956. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  12. ^ "I Love South Africa". 19 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Expresso Show". 12 January 2012.
  14. ^ "The Live Series". 15 June 2015.
  15. ^ "The Herald". 19 February 2015.
  16. ^ "CNA". 12 July 2015..
  17. ^ a b "M-NET My Story".
  18. ^ a b "DSTV My Story".
  19. ^ "My STory Highlights".
  20. ^ a b "Media Update". 15 May 2015.
  21. ^ a b "Youtube". 27 August 2016.
  22. ^ "This video's dry, but you can watch it". Channel24. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  23. ^ "It's Dry, But You Can Drink It | Savanna Premium Cider". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  24. ^ "Savanna Videos, Youtube".
  25. ^ "14 Commercials".
  26. ^ "New Roman's Pizza campaign pays tribute to contemporary advertising legends". The Media Online. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  27. ^ "Roman's Youtube Ads".
  28. ^ "Chevrolet Voice Over Ad Campaign".
  29. ^ "Lasher Tools Ad Campaign". 1 October 2014.
  30. ^ [Issued by Find a Student]. "Finding Lenny goes to Hollywood; Ireland". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  31. ^ a b c – Destiny Man – 7 February 2011
  32. ^ a b CALLSHEET, THE 1 May 2010 Page 20
  33. ^ "Comedy Central Presents ... Barry Hilton". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  34. ^ "Barry Hilton on Comedy Central". 25 June 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  35. ^ '+relative_time(twitters[i].created_at)+'. "Laugh Along With Loyiso Gola, Deep Fried Man, Martin Jonas and Lazola Gola". ChiLLimag. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  36. ^ "Music & Nightlife Awards 2013, The best nightlife in Dubai revealed". 24 February 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  37. ^
  38. ^ "Barry Hilton - The Cousin - Here We Go Again - Pal Vhs (Uk) Video". eBay. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  39. ^ "Imrpov at Harrah's". 19 June 2014.
  40. ^ "The Way I see It in Hong Kong and Vietnam". 8 February 2014.
  41. ^ "Top Gear Festival". 19 June 2014.
  42. ^ "Barry Hilton gets serious about life". 20 June 2014.
  43. ^ "Barry Hilton opens Hong Kong Festival". 1 September 2014.
  44. ^ "Barry Hilton in aid of Camphill School". 5 October 2014.
  45. ^ "Barry Hilton in aid of Camphill School". 28 July 2014.
  46. ^ "Barry Hilton Nou Gaan Ons Braai Youtube Clip".
  47. ^ "Not a dry eye". 7 September 2015.
  48. ^ "Down Under". 1 March 2016.
  49. ^ "Laugh out loud". 28 August 2015.
  50. ^ "BH live for one night only". 20 August 2015.
  51. ^ "KLICFEST". 19 January 2016.
  52. ^ "KLI international comedy festival". 16 September 2015.
  53. ^ "Ticketpro". 21 September 2015.
  54. ^ "Sydney Opera House".
  55. ^ "Live in Sydney". 23 January 2016.
  56. ^ "Cousin in Sydney". 23 January 2016.
  57. ^ "Cousin kicks butt". 1 March 2016.
  58. ^ "Perth". 19 January 2016.
  59. ^ "Brsibane". 21 January 2016.
  60. ^ =
  61. ^
  62. ^
  63. ^
  64. ^ "Hilton wins Zimbabwe's personality of the year award". 10 November 2014.
  65. ^ "Barry's Evolution". 12 April 2016.
  66. ^ "Rotary Award". 4 March 2016.
  67. ^ "Little Fighters Cancer Trust - Our Little Fighters". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  68. ^ "Evolver". 12 May 2016.
  69. ^ "Evolver Sibaya". 13 January 2016.
  70. ^ "Evolver Zimbabwe". 27 February 2016.
  71. ^ "Evolver Cape Town". 10 March 2016.
  72. ^ "Evolver Witbank". 2 June 2016.
  73. ^ "Kuala Lumpur". 10 April 2015.
  74. ^ "Emnotweni". 27 November 2015.
  75. ^ "Funnyman helps guild". 24 June 2015.
  76. ^ "Singapore". 19 September 2015.
  77. ^ "Carnival City". 28 August 2015.
  78. ^ "Graceland Arena".
  79. ^ "Golden Horse Casino".
  80. ^ "Silverstar Casino".
  81. ^ "UK Tour".
  82. ^ "The Vault".
  83. ^ "Hing Kong Comedy Festival".
  84. ^ "Australia New Zealand Tour".
  85. ^ "Atterbury Theatre".
  86. ^ "Lyric Theatre".
  87. ^ "Comedy Masala".
  88. ^ "Mink Bar".
  89. ^ "Take Out Comedy Festival".
  90. ^ "Lions Bar".
  91. ^ "Madinat Theatre".
  92. ^ "Sea Princess".
  93. ^ "Sun Princess".
  94. ^ "Dawn Princess".
  95. ^ "Baxter Theatre".
  96. ^ "Live at Sibaya".
  97. ^ "Parkers Comedy Club".
  98. ^ "Hurrahs".
  99. ^ "Grandwest Arena".
  100. ^ "Bahrain".
  101. ^ "Gold Reef City".
  102. ^ a b "The Herald Live". 19 February 2015.
  103. ^ a b "CNA Live Series".
  104. ^ a b "Live Series". 27 August 2015.
  105. ^ "Lag n slag".
  106. ^ "The Citizen Online | Barry Hilton at The Lyric Theatre - CitiGaming". 12 October 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  107. ^ "South Africa comics". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  108. ^ "SABC 2". 20 April 2016.
  109. ^ "My Story Highlights".
  110. ^ "The Expresso Show". 23 June 2014.
  111. ^ "I love South Africa Game Show". 21 June 2014.
  112. ^ "SABC 2". 20 December 2013.
  113. ^ "The Expresso Show".
  114. ^ "The Expresso Show".
  115. ^ "The Expresso Show".
  116. ^ "Barry Hilton – Discover music, concerts, stats, & pictures at". 15 January 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  117. ^ "Liz Meiring". 16 May 2013.
  118. ^ "Chevrolet Voice Over".
  119. ^ "Lasher tools Ad".
  120. ^ – Totally Mad – 23 November 2011
  121. ^ "It's Dry, But You Can Drink It | Savanna Premium Cider". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  122. ^