Billy Connolly, 76, Announces Retirement From Live Performing, Twitter Reacts

Billy Connolly was bombarded with well-wishes Monday after it was reported he was retiring from touring after almost 60 years of stand-up.

The 76-year-old, who announced his Parkinson’s Disease battle in 2013, confirmed the news to the Radio Times.

Fans of the comedian then took to Twitter to share memories of the times they’d seen Connolly live, with some commiserating over the fact they never got the chance to see him take the stage.

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Connolly’s interview also saw him talk about Michael Parkinson’s comments about Parkinson’s Disease “dulling” his brain.

The Scottish star said, according to The Guardian: “He thought I’d lost track, mentally, but I never remember what year anything was.

“I haven’t a clue. I’ve always been about going forward, not the past. Plus, we were doing the GQ event, I was Inspiration of the Year, and I blew everybody away. He should have remembered that.

“These Yorkshiremen, I don’t think they apologize much. I wasn’t disappointed, it just made my life a bit difficult. People feeling sorry for me, I don’t like that.”

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Connolly then spoke about giving up using medicinal marijuana, telling the publication: “I just got bomb happy. Just stoned. It was quite pleasant, but I don’t want to do that every day.”

Not ending the chat there, Connolly also discussed Donald Trump.

“His rise is part of an international thing. It’s happening everywhere. I think it’s called fascism. They can call it white nationalism if they like, or alt-right, but it’s that Hitlerian lie-telling.

“Mocking the press, saying they’re the enemy of the people. It’s kind of frightening. Let’s wait until his time’s up. It will happen. Let’s just hope there isn’t a world war before that.”

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