“Barry’s act is explosive, universal and very funny – he is the perfect choice to get the show on the road,” says festival founder, Jami Gong. “In the last few years, Hong Kong has become the epicentre of an Asian comedy revolution. We are taking the festival to a whole new level – we want to set a benchmark for comedy in Asia,” adds Gong.

With both the comedians and the audience arriving from every corner of the world, Gong bills it as the most diverse comedy audience in the whole world

“Where else but Hong Kong would a comic need to simultaneously appeal to a Canadian, an American, a Brit, an Australian, two Hongkongers and three Russians with the same joke?” he asks. “Barry’s act is explosive, universal and very funny – we are delighted that he will be opening the festival.”

This will be the fourth time that the Comics Choice Lifetime Achiever, Hilton, has been invited to work the Hong Kong stage

Earlier in 2013, his sold-out shows in Hong Kong were followed by stellar performances in Singapore and Macau. “Barry seamlessly transcends cultural boundaries and appeals to an international audience,” said Umar Rana, founder of Comedy Masala Singapore.

Described by many South Africans as a national institution, Hilton says, “I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival next year. I’m also excited to be working in Singapore and Macau again and am thrilled we’re looking at adding Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur to next year’s itinerary.”

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The eighth Hong Kong International Comedy Festival takes place in September 2014.

Author: Team Talk