It’s an epic road trip that the Scottish comic has always dreamed of since he was a wee laddie growing up in Glasgow.
Tonight in the first of four episode viewers will watch Billy Connolly travel the full distance of 2,488miles across America’s ‘Mother Road’ Route 66 on a motor-trike.
“I thought it would be full of jukeboxes, cowboys and guys on motorbikes, and it is! laughs the 68-year-old funnyman.
“This will be a tale in tarmac of Presidents, Paupers, Cowboys and Indians, drive-throughs and diners added an enthusiastic Billy.
He begins his mammoth Route 66 journey across the US, from Chicago to Santa Monica and California by firstly exploring Chicago. He visits notorious gangster Al Capone’s Prohibition-era headquarters, complete with its hidden bar and he reaches new dizzy heights standing on a glass balcony 103 floors up at America’s tallest skyscraper, Willis Tower which reaches up 1451-foot (442 m) from the ground.
“It’s the Americana of your dreams. That is what I wanted to show. I liked the places with nobody in them. There was a town with only one woman. I can cope with that one at a time”, added the man who is married to top Psychologist and former funny woman Pamela Stephenson.
Join Billy Connolly on his epic childhood dream journey along America’s ‘Mother Road’ and get your very own “Kicks on Route 66″ tonight on ITV1 at 9pm.