The journey is as enjoyable as the destination when Billy Connolly does his stand-up routine. When Connolly starts telling a story, he’s likely to take really, really long detours along the way. The tale of his sister fetching her purse takes a bizarre turn and becomes a one-act opera, complete with vocals.

The journey is as enjoyable as the destination when Billy Connolly does his stand-up routine. When Connolly starts telling a story, he’s likely to take really, really long detours along the way. The tale of his sister fetching her purse takes a bizarre turn and becomes a one-act opera, complete with vocals.

Connolly can take you on a hilarious trip into the world of wildebeests, and makes a graphic description of preparing for a colonoscopy enormously funny.

Connolly has done it all – music, comedy and acting, for which he won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award and a BAFTA for 1997’s “Mrs. Brown.”

What part or parts of your work do you like best – stand-up, acting, developing comedy routines, traveling?

The funniest thing is I like what I’m doing at the time; I find one gives me a relief from the other – they demand different disciplines. When I’m acting other people depend on me, but in comedy, I see and do what I please for as long and loud or as short as I like – one has freedom, the other has not. In acting you’re bound to the script and the other actors.

What’s up with the black T-shirt with the long tail you always wear onstage?

The T-shirt, just a fashion thing I bought once from a designer in England called Steven King, bought it and loved it. The first one was white, then the black, I have no idea why I like it so much. A T-shirt with tails – formal T-shirt evening wear, maybe.

Have you ever worn a kilt onstage?

I’ve never worn a kilt onstage. The kilt is a lovely thing to wear or walk in but not to perform in; if you were trying to do a moon walk in it you’d look stupid - plus I didn’t want to be known as just the Scottish comic.

I went to Sting’s wedding in a kilt and I really wished I had trousers on, because when I was dancing I felt stupid.

Where is home?

I live in New York full time. I used to live in L.A. for 20 years. I’m a resident alien. I don’t want to be a citizen of any country in particular, I just want to be a citizen of the world. I like being in America, it’s a beautiful country.

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