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Sir Billy Connolly Says He's 'Finished With Stand-Up'

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Sir Billy Connolly Says He's 'Finished With Stand-Up'

Sir Billy Connolly has announced that he will be quitting stand-up comedy for good.

The 77-year-old legendary comic went public with his Parkinson's diagnosis back in 2013 but in a new interview he explained that he's 'finished'.

Sir Billy Connolly with his wife Pamela Stephenson after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge. Credit: PA
Sir Billy Connolly with his wife Pamela Stephenson after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky News, Connolly said: "I'm finished with stand-up - it was lovely and it was lovely being good at it. It was the first thing I was ever good at and I'm delighted and grateful to it."

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He went on to explain: "The Parkinson's has made my brain work differently and you need a good brain for comedy. Everything you say should have five or six alternatives behind it.

"You'd say something then attack it from behind and let the story make itself up. It's a madly exciting thing to do, this story is taking place and you don't know where it's going. It's a delight, it's a privilege to be part of it."

Sir Billy Connolly after he received his Honorary Doctorate degree. Credit: PA
Sir Billy Connolly after he received his Honorary Doctorate degree. Credit: PA

When he was asked how he is, he responded: "I'm on good drugs. I take six pills a day," but he is very confident that he won't let his diagnosis define him.

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"I'm always being asked to go to Parkinson's things and spend time with Parkinson's people," he went on. "Having lunch or something like that. And I don't approve of it.

"I don't think you should let Parkinson's define you and all your pals be Parkinson's people. I don't think it's particularly good for you. So I don't do it."

He did touch on the difficult side of the disease, adding: "I get upset, because certain things go wrong, your brain goes adrift and affects your body, and so you walk differently, you walk like a drunk man sometimes. And you're frightened you'll be judged on it. And you shake sometimes.

"Sometimes you can't get your money into your wallet... your change, and the waiter has to take it from you and put it in."

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Dame Judi Dench and Billy Connolly at the Theatre Royal in 2001. Credit: PA
Dame Judi Dench and Billy Connolly at the Theatre Royal in 2001. Credit: PA

Back in October last year, Connolly revealed that he is no longer able to share a bed with his wife Pamela due to Parkinson's making him sleep like a 'wild animal'.

He told The Observer he would be 'laughing and singing or having fights', adding: "Pamela [his wife] has to sleep in another bed."

But while 'The Big Yin' worries he's being a pain, he admitted Pamela still comes in to plump up his pillows each night - which is undeniably adorable.

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"So far, she has never tutted," he said, adding: "And she's a rather attractive nurse."

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Topics: Entertainment, News

Rebecca Shepherd
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