Billy Connolly mocks his own Parkinson’s disease by playing Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On on stage

19 Apr

Kay described seeing Connolly perform as his “comedy epiphany” comparable to musicians seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

He said: “We were all sat in the front room and we were just in hysterics laughing and my dad crawling around on his hands and knees laughing. It was a huge moment for me.

“I don’t think there isn’t a comedian in the world that hasn’t learned something from him.”

Dame Judi, who starred opposite Connolly in Mrs Brown, said his jokes would stop her from getting enough sleep while they were making the movie.

She told the show: “I just remember glancing at my watch, thinking ‘I’ve got a call at 5:30/6 in the morning, can I really do this with eight hours sleep? Six hours sleep? Four hours sleep?”

Other stars who shared their memories included Eric Idle, David Tennant and Connolly’s wife Pamela Stephenson, while fans from Scotland to Qatar told of how he changed their lives.

One fan revealed she delivered her second child to his comedy recordings, while another said he made him proud of his disability and others said his travelogues encouraged them to explore the world. 

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