Arise Sir Billy Connelly! And The “Big Banana Feet” ~ 1975 Documentary
Big Banana Feet
Comedian and actor Billy Connolly has been knighted just a few weeks ahead of his 75th birthday.
It is with a lot of love and admiration that I am writing this post. Years ago I found this documentary online and instinctively knew I had to keep a copy of it.
In 1975 Ireland, amid the backdrop of Charles Haughey‘s re-appearance and the Miami Showband killings, Billy Connelly flew to Ireland to perform shows in the North and the South of the country. He was filmed for the 48 hour duration.
Part 01 — Bacon, egg and chips for 1.85?
Fresh off his Parkinson BBC appearance he surprisingly (to himself) became an overnight sensation. Part of the charm of this documentary is Connelly’s humility and naturalness while being filmed continuously. But more so, it captures him at a stage in his career when he was finding his true voice. He was at that time more famous for his comic songs and musical talents than just his wit.
Part 02 — “Is that a Banjo?”
Part 03 — “I’ve got piles, you’ve got scabies”
Part 04 — “Are you a comedian or an entertainer?”
Part 05 — How to crack a beer, Glaswegian style.
Part 06 — “Phuq”
Part 07 — “A four letter word”
Part 08 — “A nice cup of tea”
Curiously his nickname in Scotland is “The Big Yin” and he wears a Pittsburgh Pirates t-shirt throughout the film.
Congratulations Sir The Big Yin!
Update: Audio not supported by Safari, view in Chrome. Thanks Brady.