Billy Connolly Gave Up His Boilermaker Career for a Folk Career!

Stand up comedian Billy Connolly was a simple Scottish man. At age 15, he left St. Gerard's Secondary School with an engineering qualification but he was a year too young to work in the shipyards. Billy worked as a delivery boy and when he was 16 changed his job and worked as a boilermaker at Alexander Stephen and Sons Shipyard in Linthouse.

Even if his biggest wish was to become a stand up comedian, Billy Connolly didn’t think he was "windswept and interesting" enough. After spending five years as an apprentice as a boilermaker, in 1966 Billy Connolly accepted a ten-week job building an oil platform in Nigeria. When the job finished, the stand up comedian returned home and got a job at John Brown & Company, but his interests turned into the folk music direction.

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