Billy is a guest on the Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC One at 10:35pm. The comedy legend will be discussing his new autobiography, Windswept and Interesting, which details a story of success against all the odds. Billy, was born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of four, and was a survivor of horrific abuse at the hands of his own family, yet he went on to become one of the country’s most influential and loved stand ups.
Joining the comic on the BBC chat show is Jodie Whittaker, who is beginning her final series in Doctor Who, Olympic champion diver Tom Daley, acting great Eileen Atkins and Sir Lenny Henry.
The programme will also feature music from Coldplay, who will perform their new single, My Universe.
Billy carved out a career as a fearless and outspoken comedian, and recently blasted woke culture, admitting he would never have made it in today’s current climate.
However, it was not the first time he called out political correctness for its effect on comedy.
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In an unearthed stand up clip Billy rages at the “politically correct mob” for “screwing it for everybody”.
In a foul-mouthed rant from his 2007 stand up special ‘Was It Something I Said’ he exclaims: “I’ve always [liked] the way you can laugh at horrible things, and awful things.
“Now the politically correct f****** mob, they’ve screwed it for everybody, because you feel embarrassed.”
“I’m telling a joke, shut the f*** up, get a life.”
“And that’s why you’ve got ‘person hole’ covers in the street – f*** you.
“It’s a manhole cover, f*** off.”
In an interview this week for New Zealand radio show Newstalk ZB, the Scottish comic insisted he “would have been cancelled” had he started out as a comedian in 2021.
Billy also called upon TV executives, whom he referred to as “suits”, to “have more bravery”.
He said: “Because of political correctness people have pulled in the horns.
“I couldn’t have started today with the talent I had then.
“There was a comedian who had a series on television and the suits involved were going to take it off at the first commercial break.