And it was about being in the moment. Connolly probably didn’t make up his shows on the hoof – but it could feel like it. In the hands of many a comic since, digressiveness has felt like an artful part of the act. With Connolly, you could believe all those byways, labyrinthine diversions and narrative volte-faces (“Oh yes! Wait till you hear this!”) were spontaneous, as one or another page in his mental scrapbook fluttered open, commanding his instant attention. … [Read more...] about Billy Connolly retiring from standup? He practically invented it
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Gibson’s digest of Glaswegian traits are a good starting point, given that Glasgow is often taken as a totem of Scottishness as a whole. On the one hand, there’s the accent, which seems to me beautifully suited to comedy. I don’t think that’s just (although it may be partly) the sentimental attachment of an ex-pat Scotsman; I often think the same of US accents, after all. You’d have a job denying that Billy Connolly’s accent – like, say, Reginald D Hunter’s – is integral to his comedy. In both cases, there’s a sonorous authority that comes when the inherent musicality of an accent is harnessed to exemplary comic technique. … [Read more...] about It’s Burns Night: what is it that makes Scottish comedians so funny?
He could go on, of course, and you'd like to let him. Connolly rants, anger consumes him but the smile never quite leaves his face. More than the therapy, it is this, of course, that has kept him sane over the years. And it is his rage, lovable and funny, that still makes his stage show a wonder. The previous night, this anger had been directed for two-and-a-half hours without a break at paedophile Catholic priests ('Who do they think they are - Michael Jackson?') and miniature pedigree dogs, begging letters and unionists, teachers and aromatherapists. Billy Connolly has never told jokes, he has just let off steam, and has enjoyed fabulously the process of doing it. Talking about the source of his humour, he says: 'I don't know why I'm funny. But there are reasons for my attitudes. People ask me all the time, "Why are you still angry when you're loaded?" And I don't know. But I like my anger. I've always found it comforting.' … [Read more...] about Connolly on the couch
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