Meet Billy O'Connor
For the past siz years, Billy's acerbic wit on stage has entertained audiences throughout, California, Florida, New York and Arizona.. He has shared the stage with such great comedic talents as Todd Berry, Julian McCullough, Lisa Landry, Jon Lovitz, Shawn Wayans and Thai Rivera. As a reformed alcoholic, compulsive gambler and retired firefighter, his inspirational story reminds us all that with the proper attitude, life begins at 60. Born in County Cork, Ireland, and raised in the Bronx streets, he currently lives in Phoenix, Az.
Former NYC Fireman
University of Florida Graduate
After the tragedy of 9/11 and the loss of 343 of his brother firefighters, he sobered up and attended the University of Florida. At the age of 62, he earned his journalism degree and began to write.
O'Connor has written two highly praised weekly columns, two screenplays, and numerous political pieces. He is following his award-winning book, Confessions of a Bronx Bookie, with, The Mick, a love story about a manic firefighter, which comes to a fiery conclusion on 9/11.
Billy has also finished in the finals out of nearly 400 contestants in Arizona's funniest comic contest three years in a row and lectured on journalism at numerous venues and universities.
If anyone personifies that life truly begins at 60, it is Billy O'Connor. Because of the grace of God, he's sober, healthy and galloping into his twilight years with more energy than he had at 20. His book targets A.A., G.A., Vietnam Veterans, and senior citizens, but for some inexplicable reason it has also resonated overwhelmingly with women.
"Confessions" has just won a silver medal in the prestigious Reader's Review literary contest with over 3,000 entries in his category, 30,000 overall. Billy has also lectured on writing at the University of Florida, Argosy University and at the prestigious Comics Rock Convention in Los Angeles.