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Billy Connolly is a BAFTA-winning comedian and one of the most renowned and successful British stand-ups of all time. He is also an accomplished musician and an actor, having appeared in several films over the past few decades. Known for his off-beat, irreverent humor, Billy Connolly has made a name for himself all over the world. His jokes often concern his personal life and misadventures whilst also veering into the realm of politically-incorrect social commentary. Naturally, over the course of his long and illustrious career, Connolly has also amassed a large fan following, spanning the globe. Now scheduled to tour the United Sates once more, Connolly is poised to be one of the year’s largest entertainment-related audience-draw. Needless to say, Billy Connolly tickets are sure to be highly sought after.
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Born William Connolly, Jr. in Glasgow, Scotland to a hospital worker and a soldier, the future comedic legend thought of pursuing a career in entertainment when he was just twelve. However, he decided against it and instead, focused on becoming an engineer. However, hilarity was never far removed from his life. After graduating from school with two engineering qualifications – one of which was attributed to him due to a clerical error – Connolly took up a series of odd jobs. The reason for this was, as a result of having an extra engineering qualification; he was seemingly far too qualified to be an engineer at his local shipyard.
During his early 20s, Connolly worked as a boilermaker and even went on an assignment to Nigeria, where he worked on an oil rig. Around this time, Connolly began to tire of his work and instead started to focus on becoming a folk musician. Eventually, he formed a band called The Humblebums with his friend Tam Harvey and released an album. Soon after, the band’s line-up changed and Harvey was replaced by Gerry Rafferty, who himself would go on to be an influential rock musician as part of band like Stealers Wheel. After recording two albums together, this line-up also disbanded.
Following Rafferty’s departure, Connolly took to performing as a solo artist, but struggled to find any meaningful success. It was this point that a colleague of Connolly’s, Nat Joseph, noticed how he would perform brilliant impromptu comedic routines between songs. As a result, he suggested that Connolly take up comedy instead of music. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Connolly released his first ever comedic album, Billy Connolly Live!, in 1972 and quickly started to gain favor among a small cult of fans. However, his breakout success came with his second release, Solo Concert. Featuring ribald routines concerning everything from day-to-day annoyances to religion, the album’s material struck a chord with an already growing audience. It also featured what is now considered to be one of Connolly’s best comedic routines, "The Crucifixion." Given its material, however, the album was also banned from playing on many radio stations.
The popularity and notoriety of the album helped Billy Connolly secure a spot on the British talk show, Parkinson. It is during this appearance that Connolly made his mark in earnest by making an edgy joke about a man who murders his wife. Now considered one of the all-time best moments in British television, the joke made Connolly an overnight sensation in the UK. Not only that, he would go on to hold the record for most appearances on Parkinson.
Since his fortuitous foray into late-night TV, Connolly had led a career marked by achievements and acclaim. He was the first ever non-Oxbridge alumnus to perform at The Secret Policeman’s Ball. He has toured across the globe and is now popular in many English-speaking countries, like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America. He has performed with the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, John Cleese, Peter Cook and even Elton John, for whom he served as an opening act during a tour of the U.S. Connolly has also starred in several films, such as Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events with Jim Carrey, The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise, The Boondock Saints with William Dafoe and many others. His role is the 1997 film Mrs. Brown opposite Judi Dench earned him nomination for a BAFTA Award and a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor. In the U.S., he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Now popularly referred to as "The Big Yin", Billy Connolly is sure to attract many of his devoted fans. These fans will be happy to know that Billy Connolly tickets are now up for grabs.