Sir Billy Connolly flogging joke-telling classes to budding comics for just £48

Budding comedians can get joke-telling lessons from Sir Billy Connolly for just £48.

Billy, 80, is fronting a BBC online comedy course which has been cut in price from £88 in a Black Friday deal.

It includes the Big Yin opening up about his favourite routines and lifting the lid on techniques he has learned over his 50-year career, such as how to tackle audience hecklers.

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The Beeb said: “This is Billy like you’ve never seen him before.

“Billy reveals his process while showcasing some of his very best routines. Billy takes you behind the mic to learn the magic of comedy from the man who pretty much invented it.

“For over 50 years, Billy has been the undisputed king of stand-up. For the very first time ever Billy unpacks his career.”

The funnyman, who has Parkinson’s Disease, will discuss his secrets to becoming a successful comedian, such as learning to be vulnerable and how to build a stage presence.

Aspiring comics will be taught how to build expectation and dash it at the right moment as well as how to source material and make the most of it for comic effect.

They will also learn how to time jokes to “ride on a wave” of audience laughter and how to build a bond with an audience.

Connolly also discusses how his wife Pamela Stephenson helped him to quit drinking and adds that he has her to thank for his long career.

It comes after Billy said his sense of humour has helped him cope with his “devastating” Parkinson’s disease.

The Big Yin told how his love of comedy means he approaches his illness with a positive outlook.

Connolly, who turned 80 on Thursday (November 24), was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago after a doctor spotted him walking strangely through the lobby of a hotel in Los Angeles.

He announced his retirement from stand-up in 2018 due to his health battle but has continued to work on other projects including a new career as an artist.

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