Get right intae them Billy

So it seems as though Billy Connolly, the big yin, has been having a wee bit of bother with the people that turn up for his shows. If reports are to be believed, Billy has walked off stage early in two gigs this week in Blackpool and Scarborough. Earlier on in the week Billy was claimed to be the most influential stand-up comedian of all time, in a poll conducted by Dave TV.

It just goes to show how quickly your fortunes can change in a few days. One day you are being claimed as the funniest guy around, the next day you can’t finish your act because some drunken bums in dead end seaside towns can’t keep a civil tongue in their head. Some people will say that this is a sign of Billy losing his touch, that the old Billy Connolly would have ripped apart any maniac who felt they could go toe to toe with him.

Here is a clip of Billy in his prime:

The thing is though, the Big Yin is way beyond all that now and while he doesn’t have the same comedic fire and passion (that’s life and not a criticism of him), he also doesn’t have to put with that sort of nonsense from an audience any more. It’s certainly unfair on the rest of the punters who were short-changes and the people heckling him may have thought they were adding to the act but it seems as though Billy isn’t interested in that side of the comedy game anymore. Given the money that people would have spent on tickets to see Billy, it is a bit strange that people would choose to bark and heckle him throughout his performance but that’s comedy for you.

Billy Connolly Steel Mural in Anderston -  © Get Around Glasgow Photos

Billy Connolly Steel Mural in Anderston - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

There is still plenty of love for the Big Yin in Glasgow though and the mural that can be found on a wall in Anderston indicates the admiration and respect that is afforded to Billy. Okay, it focuses on the early years of the wild hair and the banjos and not the career lull era of sucking up to the Royals and promoting Kaliber but that’s what people want from the Big Yin. It wouldn’t surprise you if the hecklers were just shouting “bums, willies, jobby jobby jobby big man” and all the other sort of chat that the great comedy output of Billy Connolly sometimes gets boiled down to. The Big Yin was about much more than that.

Anderston, Home of the Big Yin - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

Anderston, Home of the Big Yin - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

I’m sure the vast majority of readers here would love to swap places with Billy for a day or two but the grass isn’t always easy greener every day. The money and adulation would be nice but the Big Yin will have his troubles as well, sometimes he can’t even pop in for a wee bowl of soup without being hassled by the staff members.

The Chewin’ The Fat guys may not be able to work with each other these days but they’ll still quickly tell you about the comic genius of the Big Yin…and no wee bit of petulance at this stage in his career is going to change that.

Billy Connolly Steel Mural in Anderston - © Get Around Glasgow Photos

Billy Connolly Steel Mural in Anderston - © Get Around Glasgow Photos