Sir Billy Connolly has said he now avoids speaking at family and friends’ events in case he “hurts someone’s feelings”.
The entertainer said that the thought of having to speak “sensibly” at a wedding or funeral leaves him in a “panic”.
The 78-year-old said: “It makes me nervous. It makes me shake to my very foundations to speak sensibly at somebody’s wedding. I panic. I avoid funerals because I have to say something decent and straight.”
He added: “There is great danger in it, because sometimes the stuff you come up is not good enough for the thing you are doing.
“Some of the things you might come up with at a funeral could hurt people’s feelings, or at a wedding or something like that. I panic.”
The comedian has previously said he would not have made it as a comedian today because of cancel culture . He said his “fearless” material would be deemed too offensive for modern audiences.
Sir Billy has warned that political correctness had gone too far and meant talented comedians were not given opportunities because TV executives were no longer brave enough to broadcast edgy acts.
Asked if he would be cancelled in today's climate, he said: "Absolutely. You can't decide to be fearless. You're either fearless or you're not and you go about it.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland about him autobiography Windswept and Interesting Sir Billy says that he knew from a young age that he would be famous.
“It was strange. It used to bug me. I used to lie in bed and think you are going to be a somebody. And I didn’t know where I got it from.”
He added that being clever meant he was bullied at school – until his sister Flo stepped in.
“My sister was good to me,” he said. “She used to defend me when guys were bullying me. She would come in and settle it.”
Recently Sir Billy revealed he is losing the ability to write. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 and retired from live performances five years later. He has has continued to record programmes and make TV appearances.
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