Billy Connolly has officially retired from stand-up comedy, after confirming the sad news in an interview with Sky News.
Since 2013, the funnyman has been battling with his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, which has seen him take a step back from making public appearances.
In an interview with Sky News, the comedian confirmed that he has finished with stand-up.
He 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.”
He then 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.”
He was then asked how he has been coping, to which 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.
“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.”
Connolly then went on to express his struggle with 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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