Billy Connolly (born 24th November 1942 in Glasgow), is a Scottish folk musician, actor and stand-up. Commonly known as "The Big Yin", he has a large fanbase and was voted Number One on Channel Four's One Hundred Greatest Stand-Ups in both 2007 and 2010. He's married to Pamela Stephenson (who was a cast member on Not the Nine O'Clock News and Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. Stephenson is now working in psychology) who he first met while he was making a guest appearance on Not the Nine O'Clock News.
- The Boondock Saints
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- The Last Samurai
- Mrs Brown - which established his credentials as an accomplished dramatic actor
- Small cameo as himself in Indecent Proposal
- Muppet Treasure Island
- Open Season
- What We Did On Our Holiday
- Still Crazy
- The X-Files: I Want to Believe
- Just Another Saturday
- Water (1985)
Tropes Associated with "The Big Yin"'s Work:
- Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: A gag about drinking, and "zombie" cocktails that he tried which "get you drunk from the feet up", remaining lucid until you try to move:"So I said to her, and she said to me— back in a minute." [Tries to walk and falls over].
- Blooper: His World Tour Of Scotland TV show kept them in, including a scene where he stalled his car and started rolling down a hill into traffic... with a driving instructor in the car directly behind his.
- Censorship by Spelling: "D-I-V-O-R-C-E", a parody of the song by Tammy Wynette, which was a number one hit in the UK.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Jokes that most of his recent roles have involved him dying in some way. According to his biography, he's quite proud of being the only person ever to die onscreen in a Muppet movie.Billy: I even died in a Muppet movie!
- Cluster F-Bomb: Billy's quite at home with swearing. He has turned swearing into an art form. However, fans who know him only through his 1970s and early 1980s recordings are often taken aback, due to the fact Connolly either toned down his language, or it was censored, on his early record releases.
- Cutaway Gag: his long anecdotes are strewn with those. Connolly's story about the mystery man found dying in a street in Edinburgh - he turned out to be an illegal immigrant who fell out of the wheel-well of an aircraft - takes up to half an hour to tell with LOTS of digressions and cutaways. note And as for his re-telling of the Gospel as if Jesus had come to Glasgow rather than Galillee...
- The Danza: He has two Reverse-Danzas to this name - as Billy MacGregor in the US TV sitcom Head of the Class (he replaced Howard Hesseman for its final season) and its post-mortem spin-off Billy, and as Billy Bones in Muppet Treasure Island.
- Fan Nickname: "The Big Yin" (Glaswegian slang for "The Big One" - he's 6 feet tall), though rarely heard today.
- The Heckler: Connolly hates hecklers. He went to town on a heckler at one of his recorded gigs:Billy: I'm the man up here with the microphone, Jimmy. You are the one that's got to shout yourself hoarse. Nae contest. In fact, the only reason why I'm talkin' to ye now is so as the bouncers can get a fix on ye. You've only got one line left before you're oot on your arse, so you'd best make it a guid one!
- Naked People Are Funny: Dances naked in the snow in A Scot In The Arctic, setting a precedent for his other travel shows.
- Violent Glaswegian: Subverted in a sketch on Not the Nine O'Clock News where he barges into a dingy looking pub and in a gruff accent asks for a list of tough sounding men. When he's told that none of them are there, he orders a "campari and soda" in a camp accent.