Full houses for Billy’s Futurist return

Billy Connolly on stage at the Futurist'Picture by Neil Silk 120363e
Billy Connolly on stage at the Futurist'Picture by Neil Silk 120363e

Billy Connolly has enjoyed a long-standing career as one of the world’s best-loved comedians. His live shows have been enthralling audiences around the world for over three decades, and this weekend he returned to Scarborough.

The 69-year-old Scottish funnyman, nicknamed The Big Yin, played the 2,000-capacity venue on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, with both shows sold out soon after tickets went on sale.

Billy Connolly at the Futurist'A Full house at the Futurist'Picture by Neil Silk 120363a'21/01/12

Billy Connolly at the Futurist'A Full house at the Futurist'Picture by Neil Silk 120363a'21/01/12

Connolly’s opening comment was “you should fight to keep this venue open”, a reference to the ongoing discussions about the Futurist’s plight.

His idiosyncratic style, irreverent, abrasive and off-the-cuff humour covered wide ranging subjects such as the Armadillo in Glasgow, which his son described as a “croissant”; the Costa cruise liner which he said wouldn’t have sunk if it had been built on the Clyde; his early career in university shows where he was told by a heckler to “get off”, so he did!; fatbuster diet pills and their side-effects graphically described leaving nothing to the imagination; and many more subjects too numerous to mention. All received the “Billy Connolly” treatment where nothing is sacred, causing much laughter, hilarity and applause.

Comments heard from the audience leaving at the end were “amazing, brilliant, great”, with everyone laughing and smiling on the way out, the sign of a great show! Once again, the Futurist has come up trumps, well done for getting a world-class act to Scarborough.