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Billy Connolly’s final live release
« on: July 21, 2019, 12:52:55 PM »
Odd title for what is Billy Connolly’s farewell to performing.
I actually didn’t realise he’d quit. It felt like he’d always be treading the boards.
What we’re his last performances like? Do I want to see this?
https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/15/43579/billy_connollys_stand-up_show_to_hit_cinemas

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2019, 01:00:49 PM »
Michael Parkinson writes: Last time I saw him he was doubly incontinent.

Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2019, 01:21:26 AM »
Ah bollocks. I'd heard the phrase doubly incontinent,  but assumed it was that your waterworks valve was particularly loose. Not that the rear admiral was firing off volleys willy nilly as well.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2019, 01:35:47 AM »
In case it's not obvious, that was just a joke - a dig at Michael Parkinson related to this: https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1052453/billy-connolly-michael-parkinson-comedian-health-response

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2019, 12:54:33 PM »
I enjoyed your joke Bennett.

Oh, and "Jobbies."

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2019, 10:22:01 AM »
Not having a go at you, gilbertharding, but why do people always mention jobbies when discussing Billy Connolly? He performed, at most, two routines involving jobbies over 40 years ago. They're good observational routines too. One involves finding a massive shite in a train toilet and worrying that the person waiting outside will think it's yours, and the other one is a surreal flight of fancy about the mechanics of releasing human waste from aeroplanes.

I suppose it's just a funny word to say in a Connolly-esque way.

Jobbies.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2019, 12:19:30 PM »
He had another as well, about visiting an optician's with a massive jobbie in a violin case. When asked why the fuck he'd brought a jobbie into the optician's, he said doing the jobbie made his eyes water so bad he needed to see an optician. Used to love listening to my dad's tapes in the car.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2019, 04:09:37 PM »
I suppose it's just a funny word to say in a Connolly-esque way.

Jobbies.

You have hit the nail on the head - nothing more or less than that as far as I'm concerned. It's a reflex, like whenever I see Prince Charles I do that 'Eeeeuurrrr' noise he always does before he says something vacuous.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2019, 04:15:06 PM »
Not having a go at you, gilbertharding, but why do people always mention jobbies when discussing Billy Connolly? He performed, at most, two routines involving jobbies over 40 years ago. They're good observational routines too. One involves finding a massive shite in a train toilet and worrying that the person waiting outside will think it's yours, and the other one is a surreal flight of fancy about the mechanics of releasing human waste from aeroplanes.

I suppose it's just a funny word to say in a Connolly-esque way.

Jobbies.

I think the Spitting Image caricature kind of baked that in for a lot of people, even if it wasn't entirely accurate.

I prefered Jerry Sadowitz's take: 'I'm absolutely looooaaaaaaded!'

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2019, 05:09:07 PM »
Spitting Image seemed to specialise in catchphrases the subjects seldom, or even never, actually said.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2019, 05:50:04 PM »
He had another as well, about visiting an optician's with a massive jobbie in a violin case. When asked why the fuck he'd brought a jobbie into the optician's, he said doing the jobbie made his eyes water so bad he needed to see an optician. Used to love listening to my dad's tapes in the car.

????

I've listened to every Billy Connolly routine, or so I thought.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2019, 05:57:45 PM »
I prefered Jerry Sadowitz's take: 'I'm absolutely looooaaaaaaded!'

He did actually say that during one of his concerts, as a dig against the tall poppy Glasgow bores who insist that no one should ever be successful ever.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2019, 07:16:34 PM »
????

I've listened to every Billy Connolly routine, or so I thought.

I had a few tapes when I was a kid which my dad had recorded from some LPs owned by someone else. I have no clue what they were but I remember that story (and the Russian wrestler "Ivan the Terrible" which I can recite verbatim to this day). I had a cursory google and mysteriously there's a B3TA user who mentioned it quite some time ago too : https://b3ta.com/questions/shitstories2/post136384

Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2019, 07:40:34 AM »
One involves finding a massive shite in a train toilet and worrying that the person waiting outside will think it's yours, and the other one is a surreal flight of fancy about the mechanics of releasing human waste from aeroplanes.


Aren't they both in the same routine? There's at least one other that I can think of offhand, about a guy being sent to buy Bovril at a football match, being told to leave a shoe so he doesn't run away and coming back to find a big jobbie in his shoe.

Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2019, 07:58:16 AM »
Both of those jobbie bits are on the Billy Connolly live cassette from I think around 1976 on Black Spot records if memory serves. My dad had a loose tape in the drawer that I used to listen to. The best bit from that was the journey of the jobbie when it gets catapulted out of the aeroplane.

Along comes a fish
Swimity swim
Sees the wee jobbie
Oh yes
Hungrity hungrity
Munchety Crunchety
Along comes a fisherman
Rowety boat
Nettety fling
Catchety fish
Intity boat
Rowety Hame
Sellety fish
You come along
Buyity fish
Munchety crunchety
Then you go into an aeroplane


It's actually quite a surreal and pleasingly tidy little piece and shows Billy's potential relatively early in his comedy development.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2019, 09:05:42 AM »
Both of those jobbie bits are on the Billy Connolly live cassette from I think around 1976 on Black Spot records if memory serves. My dad had a loose tape in the drawer that I used to listen to. The best bit from that was the journey of the jobbie when it gets catapulted out of the aeroplane.

Along comes a fish
Swimity swim
Sees the wee jobbie
Oh yes
Hungrity hungrity
Munchety Crunchety
Along comes a fisherman
Rowety boat
Nettety fling
Catchety fish
Intity boat
Rowety Hame
Sellety fish
You come along
Buyity fish
Munchety crunchety
Then you go into an aeroplane


It's actually quite a surreal and pleasingly tidy little piece and shows Billy's potential relatively early in his comedy development.


Wow! That brings back some memories. We had it on 8-track though. And it wasn't my dad's. He didn't like Connolly, so I presume either my mum or my sister bought it.

(The only other 8-tracks I can remember us having were the Beatles red and blue collections, Black Sabbath Volume Four and Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon)

Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2019, 11:58:27 AM »
He used to use jobbies when cleaning up stuff for TV/audio use. I remember him substituting it in the Welly Boot Song on one cassette:

Noo Edward Heath and Wilson, they havna made a hit
They're ruining this country, mair than just a bit
If they keep on the way they are goin', we'll all be in the jobbies,
So you'd be'er get your feet in your wellies

Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2019, 01:31:00 PM »
He used to use jobbies when cleaning up stuff for TV/audio use.

Jobbies is funny in it's own right too. Jobbie Wheecha is funnier than Shit Wheecha.

To answer the original post about Billy's last gigs. If you mean the High Horse tour from 2016, I attended the one in the Point Depot in Dublin. He walked out to his spot and started talking. He didn't stride out like classic Billy. There was no hand waving or jumping about or any of that. He just stood perfectly still for the whole hour and change. His mind was all there and he was very funny. Some old bits thrown in there with some newer stuff. He lost his place once in the entire show but quickly recovered. I enjoyed it a lot and was glad I went.

I asked my companion whet she thought and she gave a one word review.

"Sad"

That annoyed me no end so I gave a piece of my mind on that. Maybe it was a bit poignant but the guy did a good show and nearly everyone there had a good time and was privileged to see him do a gig.

Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2019, 01:33:47 PM »
Sad that he's winding down. Sad but also jarring, as in my head he's "one of those new comedians," so what's he doing retiring?  I know he's not new, obviously; I suppose seeing the early Parkinson appearances where he was introduced as such, cemented him in that role in my head.
Similarly Stephen Fry- when I see him in things these days, some part of me still thinks "oh that young Fry lad is doing well for himself."
I think I need to have a better calibrated sense of my understanding of time.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2019, 11:58:28 PM »
"Which comedians do you enjoy now?"
"I've always liked that young lad Joe Pasquale."
"He's 58!"

Sorry, just reminded me of those lines from Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room.

Also, change 58 to whatever age he actually is.
Edit: I was close, he's 57.

Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2019, 12:30:34 AM »
The subject of Spitting Image characterisations catching on reminds me, one I particuarly hate is professionals doing Funny Alan Bennett but actually they're doing Funny Spitting Image Alan Bennett.

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Re: Billy Connolly’s final live release
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2019, 12:48:07 AM »
I always feel like Buster Keaton must still be about twelve.