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Billy Connolly comes to the Hunter!

Oct 19 Billy Connolly comes to the Hunter!

Join the Big Yin for a night of laughs and frivolity. Billy Connolly has been wowing Australian audiences with his live stand-up shows since 1978. With every visit, his fan base grows larger and larger with new generations of fans and sold out shows all around the country

To say that Billy Connolly is just a comedian is inadequate.  Inadequate because not only does he have an innate gift to make people laugh at the most ordinary observations of everyday life, but his talent is extended into many fields – playwriting and acting among them.  Billy Connolly has enjoyed a longstanding career as one of the world’s best-loved comedians. His live shows have been enthralling audiences around the world for over three decades.

Duet Productions are thrilled to announce the legendary Billy Connolly, will embark on a 11-city tour of Australia in January/February, 2015.

Billy Connolly has been wowing Australian audiences with his live stand-up shows since 1978. With every visit, his fan base grows larger and larger with new generations of fans and sold out shows all around the country.

This time round will be no exception. He’s funnier than ever and he’ll be on his very high horse as he regales audiences with the humour that’s filled his head since his last visit.

A recent critique from the UK ...."Like no other, Billy Connolly turns our everyday life experiences into stunningly funny situations, carrying his audience from one irreverent story to another until a collective exhaustion sets in! ..."

His professional life started in the shipyards of Glasgow where he worked as a welder in the early 60s. He decided to give it away to pursue a career as a folk singer and banjo player in the Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty (later of Baker Street fame) and then as soloist. 

The jokes he told between songs eventually took over his act and he became a full time comedian. Already a big star in Scotland, he became a household name in the UK after appearing on "Parkinson" (1971) in the early 70s.

He also became an actor, and has appeared in blockbusters ranging from Indecent Proposal (1993) to Mrs. Brown (1997), for which he was nominated for a BAFTA; the all-star Quartet (2012) through to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) and Gulliver’s Travels (2010) starring Jack Black, to name but a few. His love affair with New Zealand has included appearances in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies as well as The Last Samurai, filmed in Taranaki with Tom Cruise. 

In 2012, Billy Connolly's artistic expression took a new path, in the form of fine art (his tour logo features his own art). The process is similar to that of the Surrealist Automatism movement, whereby the artist allows the hand to move randomly across the paper or canvas, without an intent to create anything specifically.  Connolly's art can also be likened to that of the cave paintings that originated in Aurignacian culture, possessing a charming simplicity, yet an extraordinary self-awareness and humanity. Connolly's characters are faceless, completely anonymous; seemingly devoid of emotion or expression and yet, the emotional connection with the audience is quite prevalent. Billy is now also recognised as an artist, as original artwork by Billy has been displayed in various exhibitions throughout the UK since 2012.

Stand by for the ride of the decade with this great jockey of jokes - larger than life on his High Horse Australian tour  at the NEC on February 22ns 2015!  Tickets go on sale 23rd October via Ticketek.