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Billy Connolly

Sir William „Billy“ Connolly CBE ist ein schottischer Komiker, Musiker, Moderator und Schauspieler. In seiner Heimat ist er außerdem unter dem Spitznamen. Entdecken Sie alle Hörbücher von Billy Connolly auf spedytor24.eu: ✓ 1 Hörbuch Ihrer Wahl pro Monat ✓ Der erste Monat geht auf uns. Sir William „Billy“ Connolly CBE (* November in Anderston, Glasgow) ist ein schottischer Komiker, Musiker, Moderator und Schauspieler. In seiner.

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Sir William „Billy“ Connolly CBE ist ein schottischer Komiker, Musiker, Moderator und Schauspieler. In seiner Heimat ist er außerdem unter dem Spitznamen „The Big Yin“ bekannt. Sir William „Billy“ Connolly CBE (* November in Anderston, Glasgow) ist ein schottischer Komiker, Musiker, Moderator und Schauspieler. In seiner. Sir William „Billy“ Connolly CBE ist ein schottischer Komiker, Musiker, Moderator und Schauspieler. In seiner Heimat ist er außerdem unter dem Spitznamen. Der Schauspieler, Autor und Komponist Billy Connolly begann seine Karriere zunächst als Musiker. Er tingelte in den späten Sechzigern und frühen. spedytor24.eu - Kaufen Sie Billy Connolly: Erect for 30 Years günstig ein. Qualifizierte Bestellungen werden kostenlos geliefert. Sie finden Rezensionen und. Serien und Filme mit Billy Connolly: Dr. House · Akte X · Columbo · Hinterm Mond gleich links · Veronica · Eine Hausfrau zum Knutschen · Billy · Ganz . Billy Connolly. Schauspieler • Sprecher. Der nach Sir Sean Connery populärste Schotte der Welt. Humorist, Stand-Up-Komiker.

Billy Connolly

William „Billy“ Connolly (* November in Anderston, Glasgow) ist ein schottischer Komiker. Sir William „Billy“ Connolly CBE ist ein schottischer Komiker, Musiker, Moderator und Schauspieler. In seiner Heimat ist er außerdem unter dem Spitznamen. Der Schauspieler, Autor und Komponist Billy Connolly begann seine Karriere zunächst als Musiker. Er tingelte in den späten Sechzigern und frühen.

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Brit please! Known For. Brave Fergus. The Boondock Saints Il Duce. Brown John Brown. Video Inspector McGuffin.

Thomas Bell. Mike Savian. Findlay Crawford. Inspector Macaffery. Sparks, the Tennis Pro. Rory Cassidy. William 'Billy' Pynchon.

Captain Trout voice. JoJo Donnelly. Billy MacGregor. Show all 13 episodes. Show all 22 episodes. Tick Tack. The Dosser. Bobby Binns.

Angus McSporran. Show all 6 episodes. Gladys uncredited. Bogle McNeep. Ayatollah Khomeini. Various Roles. He was presented as a brother to Billy and Flo, and nobody questioned it.

Connolly's bedroom had double windows, which directly faced St Peter's Primary School across the street. At first, in the infant school, the nuns were very violent.

And then over here at St Peter's, they were just strapping you all the time. There was a guy with glasses in my class and she called him "four eyes", and she was a teacher!

At St. Peter's, Connolly decided that he wanted to make people laugh. I would have been 7 or 8. And I was sitting in a puddle and people were laughing.

I had fallen in it and people found it funny. And it wasn't all that uncomfortable, so I stayed in it longer than I normally would because I really enjoyed the laughing.

My life was very unhappy at the time, and laughter wasn't something I heard all the time, so it was a joy. And I realised quickly that if you can have an audience this way, life was rather pleasant.

His arch-enemy was Geordie Sinclair, who lived around the corner. He revisits the site of one field trip, Auchengillan scout camp, during his World Tour of Scotland.

Also at that age, he joined an organisation called The Children of Mary. The group would visit people and say the Rosary , with a statue of the Lady of Lourdes in a shoebox.

In the s, Glasgow's sandstone tenements fell out of favour with the planners , which resulted in new houses being built on the fields and farmlands in the outskirts of the city.

Between the ages of fourteen and twenty, Connolly was brought up on a now-demolished council estate on Kinfauns Drive in the Drumchapel district of Glasgow, and would make the daily journey to St.

He rode the bus to Partick, crossed the water by ferry and walked to 80 Vicarfield Street. Well, it's in Glasgow, but just outside civilisation," he has joked.

We had rabbits and pheasants, and I really quite liked it. I just started to dislike it when I got older, into my teens and things.

In my late teens, when I was stuck out there, it cost me a lot of money to go anyplace. It was a kind of cowboy town, but I liked that aspect of it, buying stuff out of vans, a ragman coming in a wee green van.

This dreadful atmosphere came about the place. It's like Siberia. And once you're out here, there's no getting out of it. You have to buy your way out, or some kind of talent has to take you out, or you have to be very bright and move away to university.

At fifteen, he left school with two engineering qualifications, one collected by mistake which belonged to a boy named Connell.

Connolly was a year too young to work in the shipyards. He became a delivery-van driver with Bilslands' Bakery until he was sixteen, when he was deemed overqualified due to his J1 and J2 certificates to become an engineer.

From age 16 to I started my apprenticeship at 16 and finished when I was Stayed till I was 22, and moved along.

I finished welding when I was When I came here, as an apprentice, there was six ships being built, right where I'm standing. It was an extraordinary place.

A hive of activity. Welders, caulkers, platers, burners, joiners, engineers, electricians. I learned how men talked to one another, and how merciless Glasgow humour can be.

It has made an indelible mark on me. Jimmy was one of Billy's trainers in the yard who helped him to hone his skills as a welder and a comedian.

He later commemorated his experiences in the song "Weekend Soldier". Connolly's nickname The Big Yin was first used during his adolescent years to differentiate between himself and his father.

Broad and strong. Huge, like a bull. And then I got bigger than him, and the whole thing got out of control. So, we'd go into the pub and someone would say, 'Billy Connolly was in.

Big Billy or Wee Billy? In the early s, Connolly attended the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time.

After spending time on the city's Rose Street, patronising the various drinking establishments, he became enamoured by some long-haired musicians and decided to model himself on them.

In , after he had completed a 5-year apprenticeship as a boilermaker, Connolly accepted a ten-week job building an oil platform in Biafra , Nigeria.

After watching The Beverly Hillbillies , he bought his first banjo at the Barrowland market. Connolly formed a folk-pop duo called the Humblebums with Tam Harvey.

In , they were joined by Gerry Rafferty , who had approached Connolly after a gig in Paisley. The band signed for independent label, Transatlantic Records , and after recording one album 's First Collection of Merry Melodies , Harvey left the trio and Connolly and Rafferty went on to release two more albums: The New Humblebums and Open up the Door Connolly's time with Rafferty possibly influenced his future comedy, because years later he would recall how Rafferty's expert prank telephone calls, made while waiting to go on stage, used to make him "scream" with laughter.

Connolly's contributions were primarily straightforward pop-folk with quirky and whimsical lyrics, but he had not especially focused on comedy at this point.

In , [10] a year-old Connolly married Springburn native and interior designer Iris Pressagh, with whom he had two children.

They initially lived on Redlands Road in Glasgow's West End, but when fans began to wait out in the street, they moved to Drymen near the south-eastern shore of Loch Lomond.

Later that year, [10] Connolly's mother went to meet him backstage after a Humblebums gig in Dunoon, where she was working in the cafeteria at Dunoon General Hospital.

It was the second and final meeting between them since she had abandoned Connolly. The sadness is She was a very nice woman, but we never got along.

We both tried to like each other, and I don't think she liked me very much. I don't regret it, but I'm sad about it. I wish I'd liked her. And I wish she'd liked me.

Connolly returned to being a folk singer. His live performances featured humorous introductions that became increasingly long in duration.

The head of Transatlantic Records, Nat Joseph , who had signed The Humblebums and had nurtured their career, was concerned that Connolly find a way to develop a distinctive solo career just as his former bandmate, Gerry Rafferty, was doing.

Joseph had nurtured the recording career of another Scottish folk entertainer, Hamish Imlach , and saw potential in Connolly following a similar path.

He suggested to Connolly that he drop the folk-singing and focus primarily on becoming a comedian. In late , Joseph produced the breakthrough album that propelled Connolly to British stardom.

Releasing a live double-album by a comedian who was virtually unknown except to a cult audience in Glasgow was an unusual gambit by Joseph but his faith in Connolly's talent turned out to be warranted.

Joseph and his marketing team, which included publicist Martin Lewis , promoted the album to chart success on its release in The recording was banned by many radio stations at the time.

In , he sold out the Pavilion Theatre in his home town. Connolly made the most of the opportunity and, ignoring objections from his manager, [2] told a bawdy joke about a man who had murdered his wife and buried her bottom-up so he'd have somewhere to park his bike.

This ribald humour was unusually forthright on a primetime Saturday night on British television in the mids, and his appearance made a great impact.

When asked about the material, Connolly stated, "Yes, it was incredibly edgy for its time. My manager, on the way over, warned me not to do it, but it was a great joke and the interview was going so well, I thought, 'Oh, fuck that!!

However, his broad Scottish accent and British cultural references made success in the US improbable. His increased profile led to contact with other celebrities; including musicians such as Elton John.

John at that time was trying to assist British performers whom he personally liked to achieve success in the United States he had released records in the US by veteran British pop singer Cliff Richard on his own Rocket label.

John tried to give Connolly a boost in America by using him as the opening act on his US tour, but the well-intentioned gesture was a failure.

They made me feel about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit. Connolly continued to grow in popularity in the UK.

In , he signed with Polydor Records. Connolly continued to release live albums and he also recorded several comedic songs that enjoyed commercial success as novelty singles including parodies of Tammy Wynette 's song " D.

It was there that, after consuming a sizable amount of cocaine and alcohol, he collapsed on the floor of a recording studio.

Returning to the stage, Connolly embarked on his Big Wee Tour of Britain, performing 69 dates in 84 days. While backstage in Brighton , he met Stephenson for a second time.

He confided in her that he was unhappy and that his current marriage was over. Back at his hotel, where they began an affair , he reportedly drank thirty brandies.

He was throwing everything away, desperately trying to feel no pain at all. You know how you get a sense from some people when they are very self-destructive that there is something they are trying to bury?

They've got something they are trying to forget, or they are trying to drown their sorrows? He was hurting in a very deep way.

I thought, 'If I leave this man, he's going to die. Connolly was the first comedic performer in the series who was not an alumnus of the Oxbridge school of middle-class university-educated entertainers and he made the most of his appearance.

Appearing in the company of long-established talents such as John Cleese and Peter Cook helped elevate the perception of Connolly as one of Britain's leading comedic talents.

Lewis also teamed Connolly with Cleese and Cook to appear in the television commercial for the album. The commercial success of the special US version of The Secret Policeman's Other Ball film Miramax Films , introduced Connolly to a wider American audience, who were attracted to the film because of the presence of Monty Python members.

En route to begin filming Water in Saint Lucia , Connolly drank an excessive amount of alcohol on the plane. Upon arriving on the island, he had dinner with the cast and crew, including Michael Caine.

As they careered along, Billy thought it would be a wheeze to cover the driver's eyes with his hands. Michael Caine apprehended Billy just in time to save the bus from plunging down a St Lucian ravine.

In , he divorced Iris Pressagh, his wife of sixteen years they had separated four years earlier , and he was awarded custody of their children Jamie and Cara.

The uncut, uncensored version was subsequently released on video. Although Connolly had performed in North America as early as the s and had appeared in several movies that played in American theatres, he nonetheless remained relatively unknown until when he was featured in the HBO special Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Connolly in Performance , produced by New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Soon after, Connolly succeeded Howard Hesseman as the star of the sitcom, Head of the Class for its final season.

He would also take part on its spin-off series Billy. On 4 June , Connolly performed his 25th-anniversary concert in Glasgow. Parts of the show and its build-up were documented in The South Bank Show , which aired later in the year.

The eight-part series followed Connolly on his custom-made Harley Davidson trike. In , Connolly's best friend, Danny Kyle, died.

It was Kyle who helped Connolly overcome his recoiling nature at being touched by others, a remnant of the abuse he endured as a child.

It's touchy-feely, you know, the way we live. We like to touch each other and we kiss: we're different.

You'll have to calm down or you'll always be fighting. He performed a cover version of the Beatles ' song, " Being for the Benefit of Mr. In , after forming Tickety-Boo management company with Malcolm Kingsnorth, his tour manager and sound engineer of 25 years, Connolly undertook a four-month, date sellout tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Later in the year, he completed a five-week, date sellout run at London's Hammersmith Apollo. It was broadcast the following year. Also in , Stephenson's first biography of her husband, Billy , was published.

Much of the book is about Connolly the celebrity but the account of his early years provides a context for his humour and point of view.

A follow-up, Bravemouth , was published in Also in his 63rd year, Connolly performed two sold-out benefit concerts at the Oxford New Theatre in memory of Malcolm Kingsnorth.

He has played an eclectic collection of leading roles in recent years, including a lawyer who undertakes a legal case of Biblical proportions in The Man Who Sued God , and a young boy's pet zombie in Fido Also in , Connolly and Stephenson announced, after fourteen years of living in Hollywood , they were returning to live in the former's native land.

In , he revealed he has a house on the Maltese island of Gozo. On 30 December , Connolly escaped uninjured from a single-car accident on the A near Ballater , Aberdeenshire.

In , Connolly and his wife were living full-time in New York City , whilst retaining their Candacraig residence. Peter Jackson stated: "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of dwarves, than Billy Connolly, the Big Yin himself.

With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the battlefield. Steve Brown, Connolly's manager of 32 years, died in December at the age of He stated at the time that he would no longer be touring as a comedian.

On 30 December , Connolly became teetotal , having been an alcoholic. It has taken me by surprise," Connolly stated 24 years later.

I miss the joy of it all. The headbanging stupidity, the loveliness, the craziness of it. I miss it terribly. But when I drank, I would go, 'Oh, I remember now.

I remember thinking, 'Beware, Billy boy. All is not well. Do something. There's nothing. There's only me and it. So the choice becomes very apparent.

In , he visited Mozambique to appear in a documentary for Comic Relief. He also featured in the charity's inaugural live stage show, both as a stand-up and portraying a willing "victim" in his partner Pamela Stephenson's act of sawing a man in half to create two dwarfs.

Connolly completed his first world tour in , including six nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was documented in the Billy and Albert video.

In March , his father died after a stroke, the eighth of his life. Connolly and Stephenson married in Fiji on 20 December he had been living with her since I was on a downwards spiral and enjoying every second of it.

Not only was I dying, but I was looking forward to it. In the book Billy and in a December online interview , Connolly states he was sexually abused by his father between the ages of ten and fifteen.

He believes this was a result of the Catholic Church not allowing his father to divorce after his mother left the family.

Because of this, Connolly has a "deep distrust and dislike of the Catholic church and any other organisation that brainwashes people".

In September , Connolly underwent minor surgery for early-stage prostate cancer. Connolly is father to five children: two from his first marriage and three from his second.

He became a grandfather in , when his daughter Cara gave birth to Walter. Connolly's paternal grandfather, whom — like his paternal grandmother — Connolly never met, was an Irish immigrant who left Ireland when he was ten years old.

Mamie's father, Neil, was a Protestant and her mother, Flora, was a Roman Catholic who "made clandestine arrangements for the children to be baptised as Catholics", even though they were "formally raised as Protestants".

He was wounded during the long siege by a severe gunshot to the left shoulder. He married a local year-old Indian girl called Matilda.

They had four children and settled in Bangalore after his military service. Connolly had previously been a vocal opponent of Scottish independence.

In , he made a political party television broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party which criticised the Scottish National Party. In , he blamed the SNP for a perceived increase in Anglophobia in Scotland; described the new Scottish Parliament as a joke; and declined to attend the opening ceremony.

He questioned the expense of independence, and whether average Scots would benefit from another level of government, though he added "Scots are very capable of making up their mind without my tuppence worth.

In April , in an interview with the Radio Times leading up to the independence referendum , he stated "I think it's time for people to get together, not split apart.

The more people stay together, the happier they'll be. Connolly wrote, "You must remember that the Union saved Scotland. Scotland was bankrupt and the English opened us up to their American and Canadian markets, from which we just flowered.

During an interview with the BBC prior to polling day for the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September , Connolly revealed he would not be voting as he was flying to New Zealand that day.

He expressed his belief that the people of Scotland did not need his opinion to make up their minds on the subject. In October , several media outlets stated that in his book Made in Scotland , released on 10 October, Connolly had voiced his support for independence in light of the referendum on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union Brexit , in which Scotland voted to remain.

The Times reported Connolly as calling the Brexit vote a "disaster" and saying that independence "may be the way to go" in order for Scotland to maintain a connection to Europe, leading to speculation that he could be questioning his Unionist beliefs after decades of vehemently opposing independence.

I'm not saying I've never agreed with independence. I think a Scottish republic is as good an idea as any I ever heard.

Connolly is a patron of the National Association for Bikers with a Disability. At their first gig, Connolly reportedly introduced them both to the audience by saying, "My name's Billy Connolly, and I'm humble.

This is Tam Harvey, he's a bum. He taught me that I would never be a musician as long as my arse looked south. He was just so outstandingly good and getting better, and although I was getting better too, the space between us remained huge.

He was a real musician, he knew and felt music, a bass player, with a lovely sense of harmony, as well as a great guitarist.

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Mike Savian. Findlay Crawford. Inspector Macaffery. Sparks, the Tennis Pro. Rory Cassidy. William 'Billy' Pynchon.

Captain Trout voice. JoJo Donnelly. Billy MacGregor. Although Connolly had performed in North America as early as the s and had appeared in several movies that played in American theatres, he nonetheless remained relatively unknown until when he was featured in the HBO special Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Connolly in Performance , produced by New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Soon after, Connolly succeeded Howard Hesseman as the star of the sitcom, Head of the Class for its final season. He would also take part on its spin-off series Billy.

On 4 June , Connolly performed his 25th-anniversary concert in Glasgow. Parts of the show and its build-up were documented in The South Bank Show , which aired later in the year.

The eight-part series followed Connolly on his custom-made Harley Davidson trike. In , Connolly's best friend, Danny Kyle, died. It was Kyle who helped Connolly overcome his recoiling nature at being touched by others, a remnant of the abuse he endured as a child.

It's touchy-feely, you know, the way we live. We like to touch each other and we kiss: we're different. You'll have to calm down or you'll always be fighting.

He performed a cover version of the Beatles ' song, " Being for the Benefit of Mr. In , after forming Tickety-Boo management company with Malcolm Kingsnorth, his tour manager and sound engineer of 25 years, Connolly undertook a four-month, date sellout tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Later in the year, he completed a five-week, date sellout run at London's Hammersmith Apollo. It was broadcast the following year.

Also in , Stephenson's first biography of her husband, Billy , was published. Much of the book is about Connolly the celebrity but the account of his early years provides a context for his humour and point of view.

A follow-up, Bravemouth , was published in Also in his 63rd year, Connolly performed two sold-out benefit concerts at the Oxford New Theatre in memory of Malcolm Kingsnorth.

He has played an eclectic collection of leading roles in recent years, including a lawyer who undertakes a legal case of Biblical proportions in The Man Who Sued God , and a young boy's pet zombie in Fido Also in , Connolly and Stephenson announced, after fourteen years of living in Hollywood , they were returning to live in the former's native land.

In , he revealed he has a house on the Maltese island of Gozo. On 30 December , Connolly escaped uninjured from a single-car accident on the A near Ballater , Aberdeenshire.

In , Connolly and his wife were living full-time in New York City , whilst retaining their Candacraig residence. Peter Jackson stated: "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of dwarves, than Billy Connolly, the Big Yin himself.

With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the battlefield.

Steve Brown, Connolly's manager of 32 years, died in December at the age of He stated at the time that he would no longer be touring as a comedian.

On 30 December , Connolly became teetotal , having been an alcoholic. It has taken me by surprise," Connolly stated 24 years later. I miss the joy of it all.

The headbanging stupidity, the loveliness, the craziness of it. I miss it terribly. But when I drank, I would go, 'Oh, I remember now.

I remember thinking, 'Beware, Billy boy. All is not well. Do something. There's nothing. There's only me and it. So the choice becomes very apparent.

In , he visited Mozambique to appear in a documentary for Comic Relief. He also featured in the charity's inaugural live stage show, both as a stand-up and portraying a willing "victim" in his partner Pamela Stephenson's act of sawing a man in half to create two dwarfs.

Connolly completed his first world tour in , including six nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was documented in the Billy and Albert video.

In March , his father died after a stroke, the eighth of his life. Connolly and Stephenson married in Fiji on 20 December he had been living with her since I was on a downwards spiral and enjoying every second of it.

Not only was I dying, but I was looking forward to it. In the book Billy and in a December online interview , Connolly states he was sexually abused by his father between the ages of ten and fifteen.

He believes this was a result of the Catholic Church not allowing his father to divorce after his mother left the family.

Because of this, Connolly has a "deep distrust and dislike of the Catholic church and any other organisation that brainwashes people".

In September , Connolly underwent minor surgery for early-stage prostate cancer. Connolly is father to five children: two from his first marriage and three from his second.

He became a grandfather in , when his daughter Cara gave birth to Walter. Connolly's paternal grandfather, whom — like his paternal grandmother — Connolly never met, was an Irish immigrant who left Ireland when he was ten years old.

Mamie's father, Neil, was a Protestant and her mother, Flora, was a Roman Catholic who "made clandestine arrangements for the children to be baptised as Catholics", even though they were "formally raised as Protestants".

He was wounded during the long siege by a severe gunshot to the left shoulder. He married a local year-old Indian girl called Matilda.

They had four children and settled in Bangalore after his military service. Connolly had previously been a vocal opponent of Scottish independence.

In , he made a political party television broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party which criticised the Scottish National Party.

In , he blamed the SNP for a perceived increase in Anglophobia in Scotland; described the new Scottish Parliament as a joke; and declined to attend the opening ceremony.

He questioned the expense of independence, and whether average Scots would benefit from another level of government, though he added "Scots are very capable of making up their mind without my tuppence worth.

In April , in an interview with the Radio Times leading up to the independence referendum , he stated "I think it's time for people to get together, not split apart.

The more people stay together, the happier they'll be. Connolly wrote, "You must remember that the Union saved Scotland. Scotland was bankrupt and the English opened us up to their American and Canadian markets, from which we just flowered.

During an interview with the BBC prior to polling day for the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September , Connolly revealed he would not be voting as he was flying to New Zealand that day.

He expressed his belief that the people of Scotland did not need his opinion to make up their minds on the subject. In October , several media outlets stated that in his book Made in Scotland , released on 10 October, Connolly had voiced his support for independence in light of the referendum on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union Brexit , in which Scotland voted to remain.

The Times reported Connolly as calling the Brexit vote a "disaster" and saying that independence "may be the way to go" in order for Scotland to maintain a connection to Europe, leading to speculation that he could be questioning his Unionist beliefs after decades of vehemently opposing independence.

I'm not saying I've never agreed with independence. I think a Scottish republic is as good an idea as any I ever heard. Connolly is a patron of the National Association for Bikers with a Disability.

At their first gig, Connolly reportedly introduced them both to the audience by saying, "My name's Billy Connolly, and I'm humble.

This is Tam Harvey, he's a bum. He taught me that I would never be a musician as long as my arse looked south.

He was just so outstandingly good and getting better, and although I was getting better too, the space between us remained huge. He was a real musician, he knew and felt music, a bass player, with a lovely sense of harmony, as well as a great guitarist.

I knew tunes and how to play them but that was where my musicianship ended. So, I gave up these ambitions and concentrated on what I was really born to do.

After Harvey left the group, Connolly and Rafferty continued as a duo and the latter two of their three albums featured just that duo. Connolly sang, played five-string banjo , guitar , and autoharp , and at live shows entertained the audience with his humorous introductions to the songs.

The Humblebums broke up in and both Connolly and Rafferty went solo. Connolly's first solo album in , Billy Connolly Live!

His early albums were a mixture of comedy performances, with comedic and serious musical interludes. He also performed the occasional Humblebums-era song such as, "Oh, No!

Wynette's original was about parents spelling out words of an impending marital split to avoid traumatising their young child. Connolly's spoof of the song played on the dog owners using the same tactic to avoid worrying their pet about an impending trip to the vet.

His song, "No Chance" was a parody of J. Barrie 's cover of the song, " No Charge ". In , he sang the theme song to Super Gran which was released as a single.

By the late s, Connolly had all but dropped the music from his act, though he still records the occasional musical performance, such as a s recording of his composition "Sergeant, Where's Mine?

Connolly is among the artists featured on Banjoman , a tribute to American folk musician Derroll Adams , released in He plays one song, "The Rock".

Connolly's observational comedy is idiosyncratic and often off-the-cuff. He has offended certain sectors of audiences, critics and the media with his free use of the word " fuck " and he has made jokes relating to masturbation , blasphemy , defecation , flatulence , haemorrhoids , sex, his father's illness, his aunts' cruelty and, in the latter stages of his career, old age specifically his experiences of growing old.

In and again in , he was voted the greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's Greatest Stand-Ups. Since the s, Connolly has worn a custom-made black T-shirt with a shirt-tail as part of his on-stage attire.

From until his death in , his manager was Steve Brown. Inspired by a rainy day in Montreal, the humorous black-and-white drawings, collectively titled Born on a Rainy Day , have been likened to the cave paintings from the Aurignacian period.

His method is similar to that of the Surrealist Automatism movement, whereby the artist allows their hand to move randomly across the paper or canvas without a specific intent.

His first sculpture, which is inspired by his past as a welder, was released in March Below is a partial list of Connolly's solo musical and comedic recordings.

For his releases with the Humblebums, see here. In January , he was presented with the Special Recognition award at the National Television Awards to honour his career.

In the Birthday Honours , Connolly was knighted for "services to entertainment and charity". As of , Glasgow has at least three large-scale gable murals commissioned by BBC Scotland and one metalwork mural commissioned by Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association depicting him.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Scottish comedian. Connolly at the premiere of Brave in June Stand-up Film Television.

Observational comedy Blue comedy Musical comedy. Iris Pressagh. Pamela Stephenson. You manufacture it [optimism]. You either look at the world one way or another.

The choice is yours. London, UK: HarperCollins. The Herald. Retrieved 29 December Retrieved 25 January Retrieved 16 March Retrieved 1 September I was born at 69 Dover Street The Observer.

Edinburgh, UK. Retrieved 26 April Retrieved 2 November The South Bank Show. Season Episode 1. Made in Scotland. BBC News. The Guardian.

Retrieved 21 August Last FM. Retrieved 8 October Radio Times. The Scotsman. Retrieved 14 December United Press International. The Independent.

Archived from the original on 10 February The Daily Telegraph. BBC Five Live. Retrieved 28 October Irish Independent. Connolly has tackled drama before, notably in the film Mrs Brown, with Dame Judi Dench, but he's never portrayed anyone like Father Joe, who is psychic and possibly deranged.

Retrieved 16 September The Mercury. Retrieved 12 March Sky News. Retrieved 3 January Billy Connolly, review: 'life-affirming ' ". Coastguards of Yesteryear Forum.

Retrieved 30 April Retrieved 20 June Retrieved 13 February Retrieved 1 May The Sunday Times. Evening Times. Glasgow Times. Retrieved 19 June Archived from the original on 28 September Retrieved 1 December Billy Connolly official website.

Archived from the original on 2 September Retrieved 2 June British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 17 March Australian Chart Book — illustrated ed.

St Ives, N. The London Gazette 1st supplement. Channel 4. Archived from the original on 4 October Nottingham Trent University.

Archived from the original on 27 August Calgary Sun. Archived from the original on 16 December Retrieved 18 December Retrieved 19 December Retrieved 20 January Retrieved 9 November The Sunday Post.

Retrieved 28 November Billy Connolly at Wikipedia's sister projects. Billy Connolly. The Humblebums. Namespaces Article Talk.

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