Billy Connolly's sad career announcement amid Parkinson's battle

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Billy Connolly is done with stand-up comedy. Photo: Getty

Sir Billy Connolly has confirmed 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, having previously indicated his touring days were behind him.

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

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

Billy added 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: Getty

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.

Billy’s diagnosis was revealed almost seven years ago. At the same time it was confirmed the star had successfully been treated for prostate cancer.

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,” Billy said.

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