After more than 40 years of stand-up comedy, the incomparable Scot Billy Connolly has a way of keeping things interesting for himself. He starts out a show with a slew of different stories — tossing out as many narrative balls as possible like some twisted, hyperkinetic, tartan juggler — and then tries to keep them all in the air at once. The stories are all based on close observation of ordinary matters of life: God, priests, hotels, hospitals, department stores, vengeance, Vegemite, Glaswegians, death. Ah yes, death. Great comics do their best work as they age, and Connolly's current act is quite dazzlingly revealing of the comic's own mortality. His show is defiant: a brilliantly funny manifestation of that life-truth that if we stop competing and avoid danger and challenge, we merely wilt.
Through Oct. 16 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St.; Tickets: $45 at 312-988-9000 or www.ticketmaster.com