Sir Billy Connolly: I'm finished with stand-up because of Parkinson's

Julia HuntContributor
Yahoo Celebrity UK
Grand Marshal Billy Connolly and Family (Wife Pamela Stephenson, daughters Scarlett and Amy) during the New York City Tartan Day Parades, in New York, on April 6, 2019. (Photo by Luiz Rampelotto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Grand Marshal Billy Connolly and Family (Wife Pamela Stephenson, daughters Scarlett and Amy) during the New York City Tartan Day Parades, in New York, on April 6, 2019. (Photo by Luiz Rampelotto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Sir Billy Connolly has confirmed that his stand-up days are over, saying that Parkinson’s has made his brain work “differently”.

The Scottish comedian, 77, was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition in 2013.

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Connolly previously indicated that his touring days were behind him.

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And he has now told Sky News: "I'm finished with stand-up - it was lovely and it was lovely being good at it.”

Asked if fans would see him back on stage, he said: “No. It’s the Parkinson’s has made my brain work differently, and you need a good brain for comedy.”

Connolly added that he was “grateful” to comedy, as it was the first thing that he was good at and that it had been a “privilege” to do.

Comedian Billy Connolly on stage at the Gaiety Theatre in 1987 (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images)
Comedian Billy Connolly on stage at the Gaiety Theatre in 1987 (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images)

The star, who is also known for acting in films such as Mrs Brown and The Last Samurai, revealed he is currently on “good drugs” and doing well.

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Connolly’s diagnosis was revealed almost seven years ago.

At the same time it was confirmed that the star had successfully been treated for prostate cancer.

Sir Billy Connolly poses with his wife Pamela Stephenson, after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on October 31, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Sir Billy Connolly poses with his wife Pamela Stephenson, after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on October 31, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Last year the father-of-five told Chris Evans on the DJ's Virgin Radio Breakfast Show that he wasn't frightened of the future, partly due to the support from his wife of more than 30 years, Pamela Stephenson.

"I find [the future] interesting and people are good to me, my wife is good to me. She makes me breakfast every day and does my pillows at night. Life is good," Connolly said.

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