Nine of Billy Connolly's funniest moments

All the best to the Big Yin. Here's a look back at why we love him.

Nine of Billy Connolly's funniest moments

The news broke today that comic Billy Connolly has undergone surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for the “initial symptoms” of Parkinson’s Disease.

We wish the Big Yin all the best, and take the opportunity to look back at some of his funniest moments.

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1. BILLY ON ALGEBRA

Brought up on the mean streets of Glasgow, Billy left school aged 15 with two engineering qualifications, one collected 'by mistake'.

He was never really one for the book-smarts, as the following clip shows.

"I must have been absent the day we did the B times table."

(Mongey93 via YouTube)

2. SNOWPLOUGH

3. FART JOKES

Billy's known for his rapport with Gay Byrne on the Late Late Show, but this is from the US version of the (almost) same name - 'The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder' in 1998.

The Queen Mother punchline...

4. TOILETS

Billy recalls life in a tenement block. It had its advantages, as he recounts.

We love the description of earnest documentary TV as "The world according to people with glasses who know better than you".

(7micho7 via YouTube)

5. BILLY ON GRAHAM NORTON

Billy discusses his peculiar party trick, which apparently involves putting his willy on a paper plate.

Dustin Hoffman looks... bemused.

(BBC via YouTube)

6. INTELLECTUALS

Again, Billy's distrust of the intelligentsia shines through.

7. DWARF

Connolly could never be accused of being politically correct.

We apologise in advance…

(ChortleUK via YouTube)

8. A TRIBUTE TO CHRISTY MOORE

As mentioned, Billy had a long and fruitful relationship with Gay Byrne during the latter's 'Late Late Show' stewardship.

Here he is paying a lovely tribute to friend Christy Moore.

(Marakization via YouTube)

9. BUS STOP (2005)

And finally….

The Big Yin at his best. It's a slow burner, but it's worth it.

Take eight minutes out of your day and enjoy.

(drunkpolice via YouTube)

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