It’s the time of year to start winding down and having fun, but it seems Barry didn’t get the memo. He is working just as much as ever and to the great delight of his audiences. As you’re reading this, he’s packing his bags for the Middle East; he has a show in Bahrain on 5 December and two in Dubai – on 8 and 9 December.
He’ll hit the ground running when he lands back in South Africa on the 11th with a corporate gig on the 12th and public gigs in East London on 13 December, Plettenberg Bay on 16 December, Mosselbay on 17 December and at The Lyric in Johannesburg on 20 and 21 December.
Barry’ll see the New Year in at a gig in Namibia and then shoot off to Port Elizabeth for a gig on 3 January and one in St Francis Bay on 4 January. A couple of corporates later, he’ll be providing entertainment at a South African celebrity wedding.
And in between packing overnight bags for these trips, he’ll also be packing up a household for his big move to Hermanus. “No, I’m not retiring,” says Barry. “I’m emigrating from the Eastern Province to the Western Province, the grass is actually greener there. And it’s closer to Cape Town International Airport for my overseas work.”
Barry’s ticket for his first of two trips to Hong Kong in 2014 is booked. He is performing in Hong Kong (at the height of Chinese New Year) on 1 February. He will then board the Volendam with his wife and youngest son as guest entertainer, cruising to PhuMy in Vietnam. This is the second time that Barry has been booked on this route. His comedy is so well received on international cruiseliners that he did five this year. And for the first time, also did a leg on a South African Cruiseliner – the MSC Opera from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. “I’ve definitely got my sea legs and am so used to doing the lifejacket drill that I did the demonstration on the last cruise – much to the amusement of the passengers.” Barry will be cruising again during March, from Seychelles to Durban as part of a world cruise.
Barry will kickstart the International Hong Kong Comedy Festival during September and he has also been booked for gigs in Singapore, Macau and Kuala Lumpur. But before that, he’s due to bring some good old South African humour to Expat South Africans in New Jersey on 24 May 2014 and later in the year, he’s booked for Perth, Australia on 26 September.
“Advertising and brand association is such a funny thing,” says Barry. “I haven’t done a Savanna advert in two years, and yet everywhere I go, people keep giving me the lines of the current ads and expecting me to respond, and so I’ve started! They’re convinced it’s still me in the adverts. Go figure. The phenomenon is set to continue as they’ve just started using the very first Savanna advert (I did ten years ago) in Zambia and Angola!
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK
One of Barry’s biggest thrills this year (besides being shortlisted alongside John Cleese for Best Comedy Act Dubai and receiving the Comics Choice Lifetime Achiever Award) was participating in the Donaldson Off Road Cross Country motor event during November. “It was an exhilarating experience, fun and nerve racking all at the same time. I can’t tell you the last time I had so much adrenaline rushing through my veins. It was such a jol, I’ve signed up for next year as well – 16 and 17 May in Malalane.”
“I’ve got a couple of exciting projects lined up for next year,” says Barry. “In particular, I’m looking forward to publishing an E-Book in collaboration with Entertainment Online.
The theme of my show for next year is ‘The Way I See It’ and it’s going to be a killer show.
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