- The veteran comedian, 79, also known as The Big Yin, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 before retiring from live performances after five years.
- In his new interview with The Radio Times, he explained that the progression of the disease meant he was unable to write any more letters.
- He proudly elaborates on how he helps transcend boundaries with hypnosis
Sir Billy Connolly has revealed that he has learned to ‘hypnotize’ his hand when it begins to move due to his Parkinson’s disease.
The veteran comedian, 79, also known as The Big Yin, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 before retiring from live performances after five years, and has been open and honest about his limitations ever since.
in his new interview with Radio Times, he explained that the progression of the disease meant he was unable to write any more letters, although he proudly revealed that he is using ‘hypnosis’ to control his hands.
New Skills: Sir Billy Connolly reveals he has learned to ‘hypnotize’ his hand when it starts to move due to his Parkinson’s disease (Picture 2018)
Billy told the publication: ‘I have learned to hypnotize my hand. I look at it and it kinda trembles. I just look at it, and eventually it stops. This is quite a good trick. We like it a lot.’
Reflecting on his condition, he said: ‘I never tried to hide the disease. I am p**sed off with this. It won’t go away. People are bound by it. But I try to be cheerful.
He admitted that what he ‘loved’ the most is that he couldn’t write anymore. He told how he was fond of writing letters but now his writing is not readable.
The actor has a collection of fountain pens and ink to go with him, but is no longer able to use them. Billy said he coped with the situation by saying: ‘Crap, I’m going to move on with my life.’
Open and honest: The veteran comedian, 79, also known as The Big Yin, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 before retiring from live performances after five years.
The Scottish stand-up also said that he dislikes Parkinson’s support groups.
What is Parkinson’s? Boxer Muhammad Ali suffered incurable disease
Parkinson’s disease affects one in 500 people, which includes approximately one million Americans.
It causes muscle stiffness, slowing of movement, tremors, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, poor quality of life and can lead to severe disability.
It is a progressive neurological condition that destroys cells in the part of the brain that controls movement.
Sufferers are known to have a reduced supply of dopamine because the nerve cells that make it have died.
There is currently no cure and no way to stop the progression of the disease, but hundreds of scientific trials are underway to try and replace it.
The disease claimed the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2016.
He explained how people get help from others by meeting up for lunch to talk about the disease, but that he can’t imagine anything worse than that, insisting he doesn’t want it. be the ‘main subject’ of his life.
Sir Billy, who has written an autobiography titled Windswept and Interesting since retiring from stand-up, said he was looking back on his old performances and enjoying the jokes.
He says that he feels like he is seeing someone else to whom he does not belong, adding that he likes the feeling.
Their latest chat comes soon after Billy took a very cheeky quip about his sex life in a hilarious video posted by his sexologist wife Pamela Stephenson.
The 78-year-old comedian joked that he only lasted “seven seconds” in the bedroom while recording his new audiobook, Windswept and Interesting.
In a clip posted by 71-year-old Pamela, captioned: ‘Billy talking about me again’ Billy said: ‘My wife is a sexologist – a limiting topic, I guess. How can you study something that lasts only seven seconds?’
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