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Billy Connolly has had surgery for prostate cancer and has symptoms of parkinson's.


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Old 17-09-2013, 18:48
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So sad to hear this- and like another poster, I too thought of his gag about the prostate check at the doctors. I'm sure he had a laugh about that himself.

I must say, I went to see him in Bournemouth last year, and found him to be a shadow of his former self. 'Rambling' was the word I'd use to describe his performance. And yes, while his stand-up has always been disjointed and full of tangents, this was different. I felt at that point he should hang up his boots and focus on family time or whatever he wanted to do. He's of a generation who should realise that their time is up- along with Paul McCartney- but I hope his determination to keep touring doesn't result in a very public loss of dignity.

In his hey-day he was wonderful; I'm a Glaswegian, and my family could relate so strongly to humour. Today, he has a worthy successor in the fab Kevin Bridges. Above all else I'm glad I got to see him live, but without a doubt he was at his strongest in the 70s and 80s.

May he take some recovery time and just focus on getting better. Orra best Big Yin.
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Old 17-09-2013, 21:43
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I hope he doesnt die yet, he as funny doing those oxo adverts with his family
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Old 17-09-2013, 23:05
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So sad to hear this- and like another poster, I too thought of his gag about the prostate check at the doctors. I'm sure he had a laugh about that himself.

I must say, I went to see him in Bournemouth last year, and found him to be a shadow of his former self. 'Rambling' was the word I'd use to describe his performance. And yes, while his stand-up has always been disjointed and full of tangents, this was different. I felt at that point he should hang up his boots and focus on family time or whatever he wanted to do. He's of a generation who should realise that their time is up- along with Paul McCartney- but I hope his determination to keep touring doesn't result in a very public loss of dignity.

In his hey-day he was wonderful; I'm a Glaswegian, and my family could relate so strongly to humour. Today, he has a worthy successor in the fab Kevin Bridges. Above all else I'm glad I got to see him live, but without a doubt he was at his strongest in the 70s and 80s.

May he take some recovery time and just focus on getting better. Orra best Big Yin.
To be honest, he's been a shadow of himself for years now. As you say in the 70s and 80s he was absolutely brilliant. His stuff in the latter part of the 90s and up until now has been extremely patchy bordering on woeful at times.
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Old 17-09-2013, 23:29
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I hope he doesnt die yet, he as funny doing those oxo adverts with his family
are you being a pratt or what ? my mom has just been diagnosed with vascular parkinsons with dementia so this is funny some how ?
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Old 18-09-2013, 00:11
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I so hope the big yin is ok.
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Old 19-09-2013, 17:57
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From PopBitch today:

Sad news about Billy Connolly
fighting cancer and Parkinson's.
Film crew from the Mrs Brown set
remember him fondly. On the coldest
day of the year, all of the actors
understandably scuttled into their
trailers between sets. Except Billy,
who stayed out to do stand-up for
the extras, have lunch with them
and sign autographs.
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Old 20-09-2013, 16:51
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His behaviour when he was in Ireland some months back when he verbally abused a female journalist at a press do indicated to me that something was amiss. Personally I suspected at the time that early onset Alzheimers might be his problem because he really behaved totally out of character in that situation and around the same time he confessed he was having trouble remembering his gags. Sad .
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