Scottish comedian Billy Connolly reveals Phil Coulter was "laughing so much" at one of his jokes that he "fell" and they have been firm friends ever since.

Connolly reminisced how he met the Irish musician on Friday night's Late Late Show telling host Ryan Tubridy that Coulter is a "great guy".

He said: "He used to produce my stuff. He came to Scotland to produce a band. I can't remember the name – they were managed by my manager. He said could you do Billy Connolly while you are here? 'Ah well okay, a comedian, great!'

"In the middle of the recording, he was laughing so much he fell behind the controls, I will never forget it. And we have been close pals ever since. He has been here to see me, he’s a great guy."

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Connolly also spoke about his strong connection with Ireland, in particular, Connemara in Co Galway.

He said: "My great, great grandfather was a coastguard and that was down at Ballyconneelly. I went and visited it, it was very nice, the people were really nice to me."

Earlier this month 78-year-old comedian, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013, revealed that he has lost the ability to write.

He said: "I have lost the ability to write, and it breaks my heart as I used to love writing letters to people.

"My writing went down the Swanee and is totally illegible, so I had to find a way to record everything, but then the recorder didn't understand my accent so it kept collapsing and my family would have to sort it – it was a club effort!"

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