Comedian, Actor and Documentary maker Billy Connolly last month put his latest project to air in the UK on ITV. Called the Big Send Off, this two part series begins with Billy declaring the reason behind doing a show on the funeral industry came about long before he was ill. He was quick to say he is is doing well despite Parkinson’s and Prostrate Cancer. In fact he is touring at the moment.
Billy attended the recent NFDA expo in the US where he interviewed LifeArt Executive Chairman and CEO, Mike Grehan. LifeArt features prominently in the early part of episode one with Billy being encouraged to see how light the product is and the beauty and personalised design options. If you watch closely LifeArt gets a reprise at the end of the segment on the expo.
The two part series is well worth a watch – if not just for seeing LifeArt and learning more about the industry and all the options, but to see Billy interview legendary comic Eric Idle. It’s a pity his musical on death has never been made, but “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” remains one of the most popular funeral songs of all time.