Billy Connolly fans were delighted with a rare photo of the comedian taken just days before his 80th birthday.
The comedian, who announced his retirement from stand-up in 2018 due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, reached a milestone on Thursday (November 24).
After an avalanche of birthday wishes from fans who shared videos of their favorite routines and quotes, the comedian’s name began trending on Twitter.
Following this, fans noticed that a photo of Connolly – who is nicknamed The Big Yin – was shared on social media earlier this week.
The photo was shared on social media by @Drumview87 who wrote: “Taken this week, Billy Connolly enjoying mince ‘n’ tatties by the log fire at the Loch Lomond pub.”
Scottish tweeters pointed out that the pub was the Oak Tree Inn which is located in Balmaha.
“Happy birthday to the funniest guy in the world. I hope to look as good as Big Yin when I’m 80,” @JamieDunnEsq wrote.
“What a great photo – my heart is happy!” added @sienamilan33, while @dharley508 wrote: “Nice to see Big Yin looking good.”
Others hailed the Glasgow native as “the best guy”, “a legend” and “the funniest guy in the world”.
Speaking at the launch of his new art collection Born on a rainy day in 2020, Connolly said of his stand-up career, “It was wonderful and it was wonderful to be good at it. It was the first thing I was good at.”
After first treating his symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in 2013, Connolly refused to run away from his disease, instead incorporating it into his routine in a typical, direct way.
Connolly, who was a folk musician in the late 1960s, began his career in stand-up comedy in the 1970s. He was knighted in 2017.