Hils started her comedy career while still at university, performing and writing in the Oxford Revue. After this, she started on the UK stand-up circuit, making it to the final of most newcomer competitions. In 2006, she took her debut solo show, In The Wrong Place, to the Edinburgh Festival, to great reviews, and her stand-up has been featured in many radio and TV shows. In 2008 she was invited to the U.S. to perform in NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2009 she played a sold-out Hammersmith Apollo for the first time. Admittedly not with her solo show, but for the Friends Of The Earth charity gig.
But Hils is more than just a straight stand-up. With her 2008 Edinburgh show, Exhibitionist, she added an extra dimension. The show used her “infectious charm and razor wit to bring a series of comic characters to vibrant life” (Fest), as well as containing a narrative arc that was to provide the inspiration for her next move: sitcom writing. She’s since had her own sitcom script, Superconnected, commissioned by producer Paul Jackson, and of which Eyeworks UK made a mini-pilot in 2010. She then went on to co-write two pilot scripts, Am Dram and Z-Troop, with Red Dwarf co-creator Rob Grant.
She’s also starred in two other sitcom pilots – I’m Not With Him, by Andrew Ellard (listen here) and Tropical London, by Liam Mullone (view here). Her recent film, Future Inc., won the prestigious Sc-fi London Award in 2012 (view film here), and was praised by the judges as being outstanding in all categories, especially the acting.
Hilarious… her starry entrance may prove prophetic. ****
Hils Barker is one of the best comedy performers around.
Peter Richardson, The Comic Strip
One of the most innovative and relevant acts you’ll see this year.