The Chase star Paul Sinha shares another update on his Parkinson’s battle

Publish Date
Thursday, 10 August 2023, 2:18PM

Paul Sinha aka The Sinnerman has made a heartbreaking confession amid his Parkinson’s battle.

Paul was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder in May 2019, and has revealed that is is becoming more difficult for him to perform day-to-day activities with each passing year.

Now, the Daily Mail has reported he revealed that despite his worsening symptoms, he has every intention of continuing with his comedy career because his time to perform is running out, during an appearance on the Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast.

“I have no idea how long I’m going to be a stand-up for, because I get more tired with every passing year. I just want to go up and do a show that is fun,” he said, adding, “Without wishing to sound bleak, my time is running out. I don’t know to what degree my time is running out.”

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Paul went on to say that he is the only comedian at this year’s annual Edinburgh Fringe show with a deteriorating neurological disease and admitted he could be performing for another five years, maybe even 10 - but whichever way it swings, he wants to end his career “with no regrets”.

Speaking to the Daily Star earlier this year he shared that, “My Parkinson’s means I can’t dance anymore. I couldn’t do ‘Strictly’ or anything like that. And I don’t drive anymore.

“Everything is slower in general. To go to an event, I have to wake up an hour earlier than I otherwise would have done.”

Bradley Walsh and Paul Sinha. Photo / ITV

Noting that almost everything he does is with the assistance of his husband, Oliver Levy, the doctor-turned-TV star said that even small tasks take longer including getting dressed in the morning.

However, despite battling through the difficult disease, Paul told the news outlet he works “as hard as I can” and does things to improve his “quality of life” so he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him.

“With the pandemic and social media, you are constantly aware that other people are having harder lives than you are,” he said adding that he doesn’t see himself as brave but rather practical and pragmatic.

Sinha has been a frequent face on The Chase since 2011 and stars alongside fellow quizzers - also known as the Chasers - Jenny Ryan, Shaun Wallace, Mark Labbett, Darragh Ennis and Anne Hegerty.

The Chase screens every weekday at 5pm on TVNZ1.


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