Sir Billy Connolly to say goodbye to iconic stand-up career with TV special

Sir Billy Connolly will bid farewell to stand-up comedy in a new TV special remembering his legacy. 

The Scottish comedian and TV personality announced in March he was quitting performance as his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease means his brain now ‘works differently’. 

Rather than go out quietly, the 77-year-old is bowing out with a bang thanks to an iconic send-off to remember his legendary career.

The one-hour retrospective will see the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Sir Lenny Henry joining in the celebration. 

Featuring Sir Billy as he speaks from his home in Florida Keys, the tribute will remember his best gags, jokes and routines. 

The show will also feature a rare interview with Pamela Stephenson, Sir Billy’s wife of 31 years, about life away from the cameras. 

The show, a love letter to his career, will also include previously unseen footage.

Speaking at the announcement of his retirement, Sir Billy told Sky News: ‘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.’

‘I get upset because certain things go wrong with you, your brain goes adrift, and it affects your body,’ he added of his Parkinson’s affecting his ability to perform.

‘So you walk differently, you walk like a drunk man sometimes, and you’re frightened you’ll be judged on it.’

Sir Billy first revealed he was being treated for the first signs of Parkinson’s disease in 2013, while also undergoing minor surgery for early-stage prostate cancer.

Parkinson’s is a disease which affects the way the brain processes information, as it becomes increasingly damaged over a period of years.

Notable side effects include body tremors and shakes, loss of balance and slow movement.

In the years following, he had acknowledged he had started forgetting his lines on stage.

Sir Billy Connolly – It’s Been A Pleasure is coming soon to ITV.

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