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Billy Connolly Tells Just About the Funniest Story Ever

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One of the most perfect moments, and biggest laughs, in the history of TV talk shows. From 'The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder' in 1998. More info below - ________________________ Back story, for those who are interested: I was a fan of Tom Snyder all through his stint on 'The Late Late Show' on CBS in the 1990s, and even back when he did NBC's 'Tomorrow Show' in the 1970s. The context here is that, during all that stretch of time (and even today), flatulence was a subject well beyond the bounds of acceptable taste for mainstream American TV, even in late night -- most shows and most performers, even lowbrow types, are too leery of being pegged as grossly sophomoric to ever touch it. Notice that at no time does Tom ever let the word 'fart' slip his own lips -- this is not normally something you'd see brought up on TV at all, let alone with the bluntness in play in this clip. But Tom did have a soft spot for fart humor, and he was unusual in having the self-confidence and trust in his audience to let it be revealed now and then. Very occasionally, he might make an amused reference to backstage happenings involving a crew member 'breaking wind' -- or to his appreciation for the now-little-remembered Belle-Epoque 'fartiste' Le Petomane -- but he always did so with the extra dollop of caution you might affect when touching on such a hugely unclassy subject. Then on this particular night, along came Billy Connolly, and with his total lack of inhibition, he blew the lid off this guilty pleasure. Tom's stage manager was a guy named Mark Kennedy, who is the dude you can hear cracking up in the background. His off-camera cackles and interactions with Tom were part of the show's charm. As Billy strolls so offhandedly and fearlessly into this subject, you can see Tom sharing sideways glances again and again with Kennedy -- as if acknowledging that this is something they've always had fun joking about crudely between themselves, but never with such disregard for decorum on network TV. In the course of these magical three minutes, Tom winds up momentarily casting aside his concern for decorum (Ah, the hell with it, this is just too much fun!) -- and by the end, he's telling a fart joke himself, and leaning forward in anticipation as Billy tells the coronation story. .
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Midnite St0rm (1 day ago)
What a lad and a half
tearsdontfall14 (12 days ago)
Is this really 98 according to wiki the show hes talking about didnt broadcast til 2014??
myourek (12 days ago)
The movie he refers to is ‘The Imposters’, from 1998
Gops B (13 days ago)
Laughing is the best medicine ever
Bob Roberts (19 days ago)
Billy once took a shit at buckingham palace ...but auld lizzy took it back off him
Lord Kalkata (21 days ago)
Fart jokes are funny no matter how old you are!
JLPC13 (21 days ago)
Don't light up a joint and put on Billy Connolly. You will choke
Matt Fraser (1 month ago)
Brilliant. Fucking brilliant.
David Scott (1 month ago)
Wickedly funny
Matt Fraser (1 month ago)
The build up.
Matt Fraser (1 month ago)
So good.
Dawn Gilmour (1 month ago)
Oh Bless you Billy... my ribs are aching with laughter every time I watch this clip. It's the daftest things that make life fun xxx
John Foster (1 month ago)
Dont try and light one, My father said it burnt someones Rs so badly the poor sod couldnt sit down for a week. (Prisoner in WW2 camp)
Lord Debrick (1 month ago)
That bloke in the background is hilarious lol...
Donnie Castleman (1 month ago)
2:20 Hold your bladder!!!
Bob Mchugh (1 month ago)
That is hands down, the absolute best off-screen camera laugh ever!! Just that laugh alone should’ve won Snyder an Emmy!! 😂😂
JuicyJack (2 months ago)
I forgot what movie I saw him in and then it hit me. GARFIELD
Toni Olson (2 months ago)
I needed a good 👍👍laugh, thanks for sharing that footage. 😅😂😀😂😃😄😅😂😁😅😂😄😅😂
John-boy (3 months ago)
He looks like golf commentator David Feherty's dad. Feherty's funny, but this guy was hilarious
Anthony Harris (4 months ago)
2:37 Brilliant GIF
kirnpu (4 months ago)
This makes me laugh every time I watch it. Sure do miss you Tom.
Scott Duncan (5 months ago)
Wonder how many people have just farted and raised one eyebrow
Sezan Borshi (5 months ago)
😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
Scottish Always Dickson (5 months ago)
There's on one billy 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Aleksi (5 months ago)
Oh Ace Frehley came back to the show by laughing in the audience to Billy's jokes.
Dawn Werner Brandenburg (6 months ago)
I loved Tom Snyder and his show... so many wonderful moments! <3
EastBay MauiBoy (6 months ago)
If John Cleese and Robert Plant had a middle-aged baby
gordon baird (6 months ago)
As good as ever
Chipchase (6 months ago)
The queen mother story really finished the laughing guy in the background off, sounded like he literally pissed himself !
lennomenno (6 months ago)
The dude losing his shit off camera is funnier than the joke !
Les Brown (6 months ago)
I have loved his presence for over 40 years. Always makes me laugh. A brave Scot.
hippyable (6 months ago)
I love his accent! I'm so sorry you are suffering from fuckin' dementia and Bloody Parkinson's. I'm rotted! I'm fuckin' angry! I love him!
#JulioJones 11 (7 months ago)
I want to watch this guy perform before he croaks (No Offense). My biggest regret was not watching George Carlin perform before he died. I will not make the same mistake again with this guy! He should be in everyone's top 5 of all time list.
Catherine Tiernan (7 months ago)
I impressed the fuck out of a 10 year old boy i was looking after by farting as i walked the lenght of my kitchen. He pleaded with me to teach him how to do it. I didnt have the heart to tell him an old bowel was all that was required😂
S S (7 months ago)
Billy is the only comedian that has ever made me laugh so hard I cried --at fart jokes!
60Macushla (8 months ago)
I could listen to him & Robin Williams(RIP) for hours. 💗😂
Rocco Quaranta (8 months ago)
Very few things can beat the humor and the laugh of a Scot..... but you know the stage manager was leaning forward in anticipation of the punch line and exploded with such addicting laughter.... absolutely priceless!
rutabagasteu (8 months ago)
Tom Snyder was very funny. Billy is to.
Dan Bridge (8 months ago)
Americans laughing at fart jokes? I never thought I would see such a thing.
Comedybuff4000 2 (8 months ago)
Billy Connolly just has this way of speaking, that anything he's saying sounds like the most important thing in the room, even if it's farts, I still reckon this is one of the most joyful videos on the internet, if ever I need a smile, I come here.
Vince2390 (8 months ago)
Captpicard (8 months ago)
That’s what makes this and the Biggus Dickus scene from Life of Brian so funny, are the guys in the backgrounds trying desperately not to piss themselves laughing and failing spectacularly😂😂😂😂
Linda Lulu (8 months ago)
Perfect man, handsome and funny plus a great accent...
plasterdbastard (9 months ago)
Seriously, farts are never going to stop being funny.
ODA SHOOTER (10 months ago)
2:20 lol😂😂
Sub Zero x (10 months ago)
This man will go down in history.. Always makes me lmao always has
Arbeedubya (10 months ago)
The way I heard the horse joke was, the Queen was hosting George W Bush, and they were in her horse drawn carriage. Suddenly, one horse let out a ripsnorter of a fart. The Queen said, "I'm terribly sorry, Mr. President. There are certain things even a queen can't help". "Please don't give it a second thought, Your Majesty", replied Bush. "If you hadn't said anything, I would have sworn it was the horse ".
willl676 (10 months ago)
This is too good. The kind of stuff only men find funny too haha (usually).
Paul R. (10 months ago)
Very Funny! Thank you for the laugh! I'm still laughing.
Dave Here (1 year ago)
I can't fart at will, but I can do the eyebrow.
Russell Williams (1 year ago)
Wicked lmao
Bryan Chandler (1 year ago)
Who downvotes this!? 😅😂🤣
limeyosu2000 (1 year ago)
watch this every once in a while to make my day! love you Billy and Tom you were such a great interviewer!
Squattingturtle (1 year ago)
press "3" then wait a moment, then repeat.
Gordon M (1 year ago)
Farts are amazing. The essence of life. Steve Buschemi was a fireman and he helped rescue people on 9/11. Amazing guy.
Blackflame24 (1 year ago)
Man, Billy Connolly is the funniest dude ever! I could hang out with this guy all day!
Geo-s-85 (1 year ago)
farting at command way eyebrows moving fk that
Rachel Hunter (1 year ago)
LMAO, I put the English subtitles on this video & I swear; I almost fucking DIED!!! 💀😂😂
Richard Weetman (1 year ago)
This clip is pure joy, both of them laughing at the other, and the guy off camera losing it is brilliant!
cupidstunt22 (1 year ago)
Billy's timing spot on there!
bsklasika (1 year ago)
oh, i wish i grow up as old as these two fucks and still enjoy fart jokes to tears.
Gordon M (1 year ago)
Farts are amazing. Farts get you through life. I remember a great fart during a church sermon that to this day makes me die! A true moment of revelation. Tears in my eyes. Rock on for fucks sake...
Hello it's me (1 year ago)
He's so funny, and I LOVE his accent!!!!!
Citizen Dildo (1 year ago)
Eh big yin at his best.
Donna Philben (1 year ago)
Yahoooooooooooooooooo! ! ! ! !
Niuean Laho (1 year ago)
2:27 lol
Nathan White (1 year ago)
The guy laughing off screen has me on the floor! That is where I lost it. His laugh is epic.
MrsDeWinter (1 year ago)
I'm 55 and still laughing at farts.
Tom bryan (1 year ago)
Maybe try crapping your pants
mountcastle1 (1 year ago)
Oh Sir Billy. I cry with laughter no matter how many times I watch this. Just a joyful sense of fun and life. Thank you.
terry spencer (1 year ago)
rmclaren83 (1 year ago)
I once went out with a girl who had one hair on her arse, and every time she farted it cracked like a whip!!
Son of Hecate (7 months ago)
I'm happy to say that Mr. Connolly has FINALLY been knighted. So he is officially Sir William Connolly. *P.S.* I love how he can exaggerate a real fart.
Craig Rik (1 year ago)
the Tongan king baaahhahahahaha
Stuart K. Seels (1 year ago)
Billy Connolly... The funniest man in HISTORY!!!
Dom Oranzi (1 year ago)
One time in high school we were taking an english test and one of my Friends was Falling asleep, a few minutes later it's dead silent when suddenly he rips one as he crosses the threshold to being completely sleep, pretty much everyone in the classroom bursts out laughing because of the perfect timing and he ended up being woken up by the fart wondering why everyone was laughing.
Rex97 (1 year ago)
You know, I got high and watched this and I've never laughed so hard in my life! Even if you're not high it's still funny though.
Rebecca Meister (1 year ago)
How many of you would fart in front of Queen Elizabeth or even Kate or William, i would only if i had to.
Chris Ould (1 year ago)
God gave us butt cheeks to sound an audible alarm of the smell to fallow.
jon marretta (1 year ago)
I have never liked toilet humor, but the one with the Queen...I am still laughing
weedfreer (27 days ago)
Queen mother* (if you've heard some of the stories about the queen mother, you will know just how funny that one actually was :) )
Guitarzan (1 year ago)
The cameraman had to be a real professional to not make the camera jiggle when laughing lol.
Ms K. Johnson (1 year ago)
I laughed more listening to the guy in the background. He had the greatest laugh. Oh shit my eye makeup is down my cheeks from laughing... I think I hurt myself too. Bahahahaha
Steven Otero (1 year ago)
The Film Billy Connolly talks about is The Imposters.
Hyunie (1 year ago)
l love billy connolly
Vinayak Dev (1 year ago)
Joylevinstein (1 year ago)
The Fart Game - Fun the whole family can enjoy.
William Cole (1 year ago)
.......TF did I just watch
neil mac (1 year ago)
Did Jesus Hold in a FfffAaaRrrrt?!!
pete wright (1 year ago)
why are we here roll the bones ha ha ha
Barbara Brindley (1 year ago)
Brilliant, but you'll be jealous of me Billy,  I can lift one eyebrow and fart at the same time :D
k ok (1 year ago)
so farting is ok/funny .. but burping is rude ... smh .. what's this world heading to 🤔
bkzlab (1 year ago)
I love his accent
farting is so fucking funny
LootFragg (1 year ago)
I liked the joke about the woman farting in the restaurant blaming the waiter. That was a good one.
fAkAKiNa39 (1 year ago)
Queen Mother and the king of Tonga....and the horse too lol
pbaylis1 (1 year ago)
This old couple are sitting in Church together, when Mavis leans over and whispers to Fred "Honey, I just let out one of those "silent-but-violent" farts. What should I do?" Fred replies "First thing you should do is change the battery in your hearing aid"
pbaylis1 (1 year ago)
Here's another funny Billy Connolly inspired joke: These two guys are having a beer discussing the end of the world. Bill says "Hey Fred, if the world was going to end in 24 hours, what would you do?" Fred replies "I'd shag everything that moved. What about you?" Bill, eyebrows raised, responds "I'll be standing absolutely still!"
pbaylis1 (1 year ago)
Men + toilet humour = the best fun to be had
lena fan (1 year ago)
That scream at 02:39
EgoShredder (1 year ago)
Anyone from England of a certain age remember Saint & Greavsie? Tom Snyder the host looks a bit like Saint and smiles and laughs like him!

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