Billy's coming to Ipswich

COMEDIAN Billy Connolly will be performing in Ipswich, it has been announced today.The Scottish comedy star has announced a date at the Regent Theatre as part of a new tour.

COMEDIAN Billy Connolly will be performing in Ipswich, it has been announced today.

The Scottish comedy star has announced a date at the Regent Theatre as part of a new tour.

Tickets for the Regent date on September 29 are expected to sell quickly and Connolly's performance will help launch a high profile new season for the theatre.

One of the UK's most successful comedians, Connolly has also had a varied career away from stand-up, which has included acting and playing in a folk music band.

Connolly, 64, was born in Glasgow and as a child became known as The Big Yin, a nickname he has had throughout his life.

In the 1960s, Connolly was part of folk and pop music duo called The Humblebums, which started out as a partnership with fellow musician Tam Harvey and later went on to see Connolly team up Gerry Rafferty, who went on to focus on rock music.

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It was when The Humblebums stopped recording music and Connolly began to perform solo that his comedic talent began to show and it was during this time that he decided to make the life-changing decision to become a comedian.

An appearance on the Parkinson chat show propelled Connolly into the comedy spotlight and helped earn him a growing fan base.

Since then, Connolly has consistently been hugely popular as a stand-up comic in the UK and abroad and is often noted for his bawdy sense of humour.

But the star has also won acclaim for his acting and in 1997 was nominated for a BAFTA following his performance alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Brown.

Other film appearances have included children's films such as the 1980 film version of Worzel Gummidge and the 2004 film adaptation of the popular children's book, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Billy Connolly will be performing at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich on Saturday, September 29 and tickets go on sale today .

Are you a big fan of Billy Connolly? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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