billy connolly

News: Complaint Over Billy Connolly Banana Boots Mix-Up

The BBC has upheld a complaint after Jeremy Paxman made an error during a University Challenge question.

In the Celebrity edition which was broadcast last December Paxman attributed Billy Connolly's banana boots to artist John Byrne rather than actual creator Edmund Smith.

The complaint was made by Edmund Smith's daughter. Smith made the size nine bananas for the iconic comedian in 1975.


News: Knighthood for Billy Connolly, OBE For David Walliams

Comedy legend Billy Connolly has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

He said he was "pleased and a little embarrassed...It won't really dawn on me until Glasgow people start calling me 'Sir Billy' or whatever they come up with...I feel as if I should be called Lancelot or something," 


News: Billy Connolly Meets Billy Connolly Portraits

Pictures have been released of comedian Billy Connolly in front of portraits of him on the streets of Glasgow.

The murals are part of a ‘larger than life’ tribute to The Big Yin, launched by BBC Scotland in conjunction with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. 

A programme will go out this week on BBC One Scotland on June 14 which will show clips of highlights from Billy’s career, and Billy meeting the artists to talk about life, work, comedy and inspiration. 


News: Billy Connolly To Get His Own Murals In Glasgow

A ‘larger than life’ tribute to The Big Yin, launched by BBC Scotland in conjunction with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, will literally make Billy Connolly part of the architecture of his home city on a major scale.

Three representations of the comedian, who turns 75 this year, from original works by top Scottish artists commissioned by BBC Scotland, will go up on walls dotted across Glasgow city centre area.


News: Billy Connolly on Parkinson's – "There’s a whole lot of shaking going on."

Billy Connolly has spoken about how he is dealing with Parkinson's Disease in the run-up to a celebration of his work on ITV1.


Opinion: Robin Ince On Billy Connolly – The Yin That Remains Windswept And Interesting

This piece first appeared on Robin Ince's blog. Read more posts here.

I’ve just been to a screening of Billy Connolly’s High Horse Tour Live.

Opinion: Comedian Maxine Jones on Doing Stand-Up Til You Drop

Billy Connolly is back on the road, doing what he loves best - stand-up. His Parkinson’s Disease means he can no longer play the banjo, but despite ill health he has clung on to that most precious of faculties – a sense of humour.

Age is not a factor when it comes to laughter. We can continue to choose to laugh till the end. And if we have the ability to make people laugh, age cannot take that away from us either.


TV Review: Billy Connolly's Big Send Off

Billy Connolly’s two-part series on the way we treat death was a strangely moving affair. Not because he was meeting bereaved and dying people from around the world, but because Connolly himself looked so frail at times. Connolly opened the series by explaining that in the same week he was told, among other things, that he had Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer. He was also given a hearing aid.


Opinion: Billy Connolly, Prostate Tests & Comedy

Update 18/9/13 – After this piece about comedians discussing their prostates appeared I received some interesting feedback. I was advised by one reader that I should go back to my doctor and insist on an examination or change doctors. Or maybe I should take the approach of comedian Bob Slayer (pictured below), who ran Heroes @ The Fringe in Edinburgh this summer and has reminded me of a story he told in his act, as follows:

Opinion: Kay's Catalogue of Comic Anarchy

Update - Re below, Kay's book is out now and he plays the Soho Theatre on 18 & 19 Oct. Details here


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