The Big Yin gets a big fright

The Big Yin
The Big Yin

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTS comic Billy Connolly has revealed he has stage fright ahead of his Scottish tour later this year.

It’s the first tour he has done in four years and tickets sold out in hours.

But the Big Yin has admitted that he is terrified of the big crowds that will greet him in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth.


Last week he said: “I have to admit I’m not looking forward to the shows. I never do.

“It’s great playing Scottish shows – but daunting to be honest. The audiences are large. I’m actually terrified of having to walk out in front of all those people.”

Connolly is also feeling pressure from the record breaking sales of tickets for the gigs.

All 12,000 briefs for the Glasgow leg of the tour sold out in 52 minutes – beating the record set by The Killers.

A friend of the comic said this added pressure to the performance: “He sold 30,000 tickets in no time and now wants to be able to deliver.

“I never knew Billy has stage fright, but knowing someone so capable has a vulnerability makes me love him even more.”

The star has been concentrating on a movie career, having just finished filming Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black.

He will also be in a remake of Grumpy Old Men, the 1994 Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau classic.