Thursday 23 October 2014

Comedian Billy Connolly looking for burial plot laughs

Anthony Barnes

Published 05/05/2014 | 02:30

Comic Billy Connolly hopes to raise a laugh from beyond the grave - with an interactive burial plot.
Comic Billy Connolly hopes to raise a laugh from beyond the grave - with an interactive burial plot.

FUNNYMAN Billy Connolly has told how he hopes to raise a laugh from beyond the grave – with an interactive burial plot.

The star, who has been treated for prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease after being diagnosed last year, said he has considered having touch-sensitive pads that will trigger a recording of his voice.

He talks about his plans in a new ITV film Billy Connolly's Big Send- Off to be screened on Wednesday in which he investigates attitudes towards death around the world.

Connolly (71) said: "I was going to have 'Oh Jesus Christ, is that the time already', but in tiny little letters, about an eighth of an inch high so to see them you'd have to step on to the grave where I would have placed, under the turf, those sensitive pads that you get for people who are breaking in to your house.

"And it would activate a sound system and it would say, 'You're standing on my balls!"

He also talks to his friend Eric Idle, from the Monty Python team, who discusses how he spent three-and-a-half years trying to write a musical about death.

Idle said he expected his song 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' – written for the Monty Python movie 'Life Of Brian' – would be used at his own funeral.

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