Favourite ‘Cousin’ off on a new adventure

Thulani Gqirana

RENOWNED comedian Barry Hilton is leaving the Friendly City “for a while” and will soon be calling Hermanus home. Hilton, his wife Sandy and their young son Jack will be moving to the small Western Cape town before the end of the year to make travelling to international gigs a bit easier.

“We are not really leaving Port Elizabeth, we are just relocating for a while to Hermanus. It’s a small and beautiful town with an international airport.

“I’m doing a lot of work next year on cruise liners and it would be easier for me to get from Cape Town to anywhere.

“I’ve got a lot of work coming up internationally as well. I’m doing Dubai, most of Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius.”

The comedian became the first South African to perform at The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas in September. This year he has already performed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau and Dubai as well as on two Australian cruise liners and an American one.

Hilton said they would be keeping a place in Port Elizabeth after the move.

“It’s just an opportunity for us and it’s lekker because it’s myself, Sandy and Jack. We are just going to relocate for a little while and come back. The truth is, I’m running away from my mother-in-law,” he laughed. “No, that’s a joke, I love my mother-in-law.”

Hilton, 57, said he was not looking forward to leaving the friendly people of Port Elizabeth.

“People here are awesome … But I’m looking forward to a new adventure. Moving grounds you and gives you so much more realisation of what is out there. I don’t know if I’m looking forward to a Western Cape winter though.”

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