Barry Hilton

Comedian, MC and Motivational Speaker - Western Cape
Barry Hilton


"The Cousin", enjoys international status as a stand-up comedian and is undoubtedly one of South Africa's top comedians. A skilful, generous and engaging entertainer, he performs at the highest level, pulling out all the stops for sold-out audiences in SA and abroad. With his irrepressible sense of humour, he brings the house down whenever he stands on stage; he is the only SA comedian who regularly sells out 4000-seater venues with his one-man show. He is a sought-after Master of Ceremonies at corporate events and an inspiring motivational speaker.

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!”

Born in Zimbabwe in 1956, Barry Hilton became a pro comic in 1983 and now claims to be a household name in South Africa, where he’s nicknamed The Cousin.

Barry Hilton


He prides himself on his clean brand of humour and optimistic, patriotic, outlook on South Africa. He also makes regular visits to the UK, and was the first South African stand-up to perform at the London Comedy Store.

As well as stand-up, he has made a number of commercials and TV appearances, including his own chatshow Funny You Should Say That, which ran for 13 episodes on primetime SABC in 2003.


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