Sir Billy Connolly
Settle in with the king of stand-up as he unpacks a lifetime of making people laugh. This is Billy like you've never seen him before. Billy reveals his process whilst showcasing some of his very best routines. Billy takes you behind the mic to learn the magic of comedy from the man who pretty much invented it.
For over 50 years, Billy has been the undisputed king of stand-up. For the very first time ever, Billy unpacks his career. Illustrated with some of his favourite routines, Billy talks you through the techniques he's learned in his unrivalled career, like how to build expectation and then subvert it at the right moment, where to source material and then enrich it for comic effect, timing between jokes to ride on the wave of laughter that you'll create, how to build a bond with your audience and yes how to dispense with hecklers.
You already know wee Billy. He’s the Big Yin – the king of stand-up who’s topped numerous polls, being hailed the funniest, most influential and greatest comedian of all time. For 50 years he’s honed the art of stand-up and knows how to find the funny in everyday life. And he knows that standing up on stage is the best laxative known to man.
Billy welcomes you to a standup comedy class like no other.
Listen to those friends who tell you you’re funny. Get out there and perform.
Once you’ve done it, it’s exhilarating – so learn how to get over stage fright
If you want to know how to be funny, you must learn to be vulnerable.
You don’t need banana boots, but you do need a stage presence. Find yours.
How to connect with the audience to start strong and ride the laughter wave.
Learn to listen to your brain’s quirks and unlikely connections – it’s where comedy gold is found.
Look at life with the Scottish comedian famous for his observational comedy.
How to go from improvisation to comedic timing and physical comedy.
The best comedians are usually humble and don’t know they’re the best.
Shock people. Why not? Rules are there to be noticed and then joyfully ignored.
Dealing with hecklers is hard. See how it’s done by the best standup comedians.
Get to know different audiences and how they are never to blame.
Take a glimpse at what life is like going from town to town to make people laugh.
Drugs and alcohol are often trouble for comics. Billy opens up about his struggle.
Understand the difference between copying and being influenced by other comedians.
Take risks. Get noticed. And build a team of trust around you.
Go deeper with Billy as he talks about the healing power of comedy.
Billy sends you off with a bucketful of wisdom on how to be a standup comedian.
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