Billy Connolly

Until costarring with Judi Dench in the 1997 Mrs. Brown, Billy Connolly wasn’t considered much of an actor. But the role, as confidante to Queen Victoria, gained a second U.S. following for the sobered-up Scottish comic. He originally became a huge star in the U.K. via raunchy, serpentine monologues mixing everyday topics—like finding carrots in your vomit after binge drinking—with political rants (against Margaret Thatcher, Tories, etc.). He’s both wrathful and good natured, laughing at his indignation. In one long rant, he wonders if suicide bombers have instructors (“I’m only gonna show you this once…”) and mocks the idea of being rewarded with a bevy of virgins in the afterlife. Having the same awkward encounter over and over again, he says, “That’s torture! Give me two good whores!” His current show crashed the computers when tickets went on sale in London, and the reviews were glowing. Connolly doesn’t so much deliver jokes as arrive at them after long conversational rambles. And they are always worth the wait. BRIAN MILLER

Fri., March 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 13, 8 p.m., 2010

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