Comedian Billy Connolly says he uses comedy as a way of coping with his fear of illness and death.
The Glasgow born comic, who is 78, has Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer.
He discusses his approach in a BBC documentary about comedy, made for BBC Scotland last year. In that, fellow Scots comedians also share their thoughts on using comedy to cope with the darkness of life.
“Comedy can release you from your terror,” Connolly says.
“You can treat it lightly. It’s like the big bully at school. You can say: ‘I can beat him any day, tralala’ as long as he is not there. Comedy allows you to do that.”
Newspaper The Scotsman, also shared Connolly’s thoughts on the subject.
“The best way of dealing with the dark side of life is to laugh right in its face. Everybody knows death is coming. They try all sorts of tricks, religion etc, to deal with it. But comedy can release you from your terror,” it quotes him saying.
To see Billy Connolly on using comedy to stare down death, the school yard bully, go to:
For Brian Ferguson’s article in The Scotsman newspaper about Connolly’s approach, go to: https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/billy-connolly-best-way-deal-fear-death-laugh-its-face-2884142