Fans of the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly might have wondered what he has been up to in the last year or so. Well we can reveal that the 70 year-old comic has been designing a range of merchandise, which includes man bags, tea towels, fridge magnets, T-shirts and mugs.
But if you were expecting classy and top designer style, think again, as the Glaswegian born comic shows his humourous side, with sets of magnets complete with his philosophies on life, his take on Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ drawing (featuring himself of course) and tea towels with his own personal musings.
His new range of merchandise is available to buy now on his website – www.billyconnolly.com, and prices range from £2 for a fridge magnet, to £12 for a T-shirt. You can see the full range on his web site, but here are some of our favourites:
There are two choices of man bag which cost £4.50 each, and feature either Billy in the classic Leonardo pose of the ‘Vitruvian Man’ or his favourite take on life ‘Too Old to Die Young’.
The fridge magnets come in four separate designs, priced at £2 each, and feature classic jokes such as ‘Who discovered milk from a cow? And come to think of it, what did they think they were doin’ at the time?’; ‘Marriage is a wonderful invention, then again so is a bicycle repair kit’; ‘Apparently women need to feel loved when they have sex, and men need to have sex to feel loved. How did we ever get started?’ and ‘Never trust a man who, when left a lone with a tea cosy doesn’t try it on’.
The are two types of hat in the range, both featuring the phrase ‘Too Old to Die Young’ on them, one is a baseball style cap, costing £10 and the other is a beanie style at £8.
There is one £10 tea towel to choose from which features classic one-liners including ‘I don’t know why I should learn Algebra, I’m never likely to go there’ and ‘Don’t buy one of those baby monitors, babies pretend to be dead. They are little b**tards’ and they do it on purpose’.
There is a mouse mat with Andy Warhol style pictures of Billy and mugs with the same print. The mousemat costs £6 and the mugs are £8 each.
Connolly is currently performing a series of stand-up gigs in Dublin and has been married to psychologist Pamela Stephenson, since 1989, who wrote a book about the comedian called ‘Billy’.
He has enjoyed a hugely successful film career, in which he has starred in such productions as Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as Uncle Monty and Mrs Brown as John Brown, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. Last year his roles included Quartet and Brave (as the voice of Fergus) and he will play Dain Ironfoot in future installments of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit.
He recently spoke out on The Graham Norton Show about how his art is under threat from ‘Channel 4 type comedy people’.
‘I think stand-up comedy is in danger. Stand-ups spend their time gurning on panel shows in the hope of one day being given a chat show,’ he said.
Billy Connolly’s new merchandise is available to buy from www.billyconnolly.com
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