STAND-UP comedy veteran Barry Hilton was named this years Lifetime Achiever at the third Comics Choice Awards nominees function.
“I’ve worked very hard to get here and be recognized in South Africa by my peers; I’m blown out of the water,” said Barry. “I’ve been invited to headline The Improv at Harrahs in Las Vegas in September but that means nothing compared to this. This is the real headline,” the Port Elizabeth-based comedian said. Reminiscing about some of his career highlights, he mentioned opening for Scottish comedian, musician and actor Billy Connelly and being shortlisted alongside John Cleese for Best Comedy Act in Dubai in 2013.
The Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards is an opportunity for every professional comedian in the country to register and vote for his or her favourite registered comedian in each category. There are only six Awards made each year (known as The Waldo). There are no committees, panels or governing bodies, the votes are simply counted, and the results made known.
The formal Comics Choice award ceremony takes place at The Teatro at Montecasino on 24 August 2013, in association with The Times, Mzansi Magic and Kaya FM.