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I've had this journal for two and a half years and I've never listed Billy Connolly as an interest. I'm so ashamed.

We were watching a Billy video ("An Audience With...") the other night, and pooka_joe and I were realising just how much of our everyday speech has been influenced by watching and listening to Billy from an early age. One of my friends introduced me to Billy's '70s standup when I was about 13, and I loved it. Just from "Audience With...", I realised I say "windswept and interesting" all the time; I suggest the Archers theme tune for our national anthem; I call Glasgow's third football team Partick Thistle Nil...there were others too, which I've promptly forgotten.

His '80s and '90s videos are good - I adore the Potatoes of the Night sketch from Live '94 - but my heart is still with the '70s standup. I've only had them on vinyl and ancient cassette till recently, but I've just managed to download a couple of them, including the first side of Get Right Intae Them, which taught me about Glasgow drunks, that Ken Tynan was the first person to say "fuck" on TV, about class discrimination and the pointlessness of the TA, in a 30-minute set with three or four brilliant comedy songs included. I can't remember what's on the other side just now, but I suspect the Welly Boot Song. And it still makes me piss myself laughing.

Long Live King Billy ;o)

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dakegra
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
I have a Billy Connolly CD, which I'd be happy to copy for you?
pickwick
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oooh, which one is it? I do have a lot on video and I've got a Classic Connolly on CD, but I think there's a couple of them.
dakegra
Apr. 18th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
it's 'The Pick of Billy Connolly'. IIRC there are only about ten tracks on there, but you're welcome to a copy if you'd like?
anonymous_greg
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I haven't seen too much from Billy Connolly, but what I have seen/heard, I have loved! I think I first became aware of him in the '80s. So, yeah, I consider myself a big Billy Connolly fan.
pickwick
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! He's done a lot of dodgy sitcoms and stuff in America that I try and avoid, but he still rocks.
anonymous_greg
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, by all means -- his forays into American sitcoms are forgettable, primarily because of the sitcoms, themselves. But whenever I've seen him doing standup or as a guest on a talk/chat show, he's been brilliant.
anonymous_greg
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
PS - I first saw him (on TV) doing standup long before his initial American sitcom appearance as Howard Hesseman's replacement on Head of the Class.

It's odd, as I only watched Head of the Class (albeit, sporadically) because of Hesseman and Connolly. But it was, otherwise, a forgettable sitcom.

silentbob037
Apr. 12th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
I've been a fan of his for awhile now. I have one of his tapes at home but most of his stand-up stuff isn't really available over here. The bit about lighting a paper boat on fire and sending it down the row toilet at the shipyards always makes me giggle.
sloopjonb
Apr. 13th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
I well remember the moment Billy first crashed into the wider national consciousness (i.e., not just Scotland). It was of course the infamous bike gag on Parkinson in, um, 1973? It still makes me laugh even now.
mind_expander
Apr. 13th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yep, all must bow before the great one. Personally I think the main thing I've borrowed from him is my habit of becoming sidetracked during stories and going off on wild tangents before returning to my original point after half oan hour or so.
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