Billy Connolly Gives Update On His Parkinson’s Prognosis
Actor and comedian Billy Connolly has provided fans with an update on how he is dealing with the challenges posed by his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.
The 78-year-old has always been extremely candid about the disease, and has often made light of the difficult situation he’s in. At his most recent comedy tour, he’d often greet the crowd with, ‘Good evening, symptom spotters.’
While Connolly appears to remain in good spirits, he’s recently discussed the hardships that come with having Parkinson’s, and revealed that things are getting harder.
Speaking to his wife, Dr Pamela Stephenson Connolly, who interviewed him while he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Edinburgh TV festival, the Brave actor said, ‘I hardly prepare [when approaching Parkinson’s]. I turn up unprepared and everything’s a new challenge.’
The challenges lately have been medical. They’re getting worse. You’ll notice I’ve been holding my left hand – it’s starting to jump around. I have to weigh it up and see how bad it gets.
While he said he was ‘proud and happy’ to be receiving the award, he joked that it makes him feel like he ‘should be dead’.
He said, as per The Guardian, ‘These ‘lifetime’ things – I feel like they know something I don’t.’
During the interview, Connolly also recalled returning to Glasgow after appearing as a guest on Michael Parkinson’s TV chat show in 1975, and the instant popularity that followed.
‘It’s a thing the Scots have got about accents. You can be as popular as you like but if you don’t have a Scottish accent when you’re doing it, it’s different,’ he said.
‘They loved the fact I went on with my Scottish accent and got famous. They took it personally and they all applauded and it was lovely.’
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