It’s been 3 years since Billy Connolly has had a stand up DVD out, and it’s fair to say he has been missed. Much as I love the various travelogue shows and film roles, it’s as a stand up Billy is really untouchable.
His Live in London DVD is Billy Connolly as you’d expect. No frills, no gimmicks. Just a large hairy Scotsman on stage, telling stories and jokes, and having his audience in hysterics. Billy performs in his usual style of starting to tell a story, only to veer off on a wild tangent which (sometimes) loops back to the original point!
The whole show seems so effortless to Billy. Just him up there, chatting to his audience, and in the case of this show, the audience joking back (there’s an ongoing gag between Billy and the crowds over enthusiastic cheering at the mention of a city or country.)
The content of Billy’s material is as varied and random as ever. From god and religion, to building igloos in the arctic, to irradiating the ‘beigeness’ in society. Each segued into with the ease you’ve come to expect from a Connolly performance. It’s also nice to see he’s not mellowed with age, with a brilliant 10 min rant about sat-nav systems, or more precisely, to voice of the sat-nav system.
There’s not much more I can say about this DVD without giving his material away. It’s Billy Connolly doing stand up. What more do you need to know!