BILLY Connolly has announced details of his first stand-up tour since beating cancer and being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The Big Yin has confirmed he will perform 12 dates in New Zealand for his latest comedy show, the High Horse Tour.

He will travel around the country in April and May, with tickets for his gigs expected to sell out quickly when they go on sale next week.

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Last September, Connolly, 71, announced that he had had surgery for prostate cancer and was being treated for early symptoms of Parkinson's.

However, the Glaswegian comic was told by doctors the following month that he had beaten the cancer and he vowed to continue performing.

Ian Magan, Connolly's promoter in New Zealand, said the star could not wait to get back on stage and said fans could expect some new material.

He said: "It's great to have Billy back for a comprehensive 12-city tour.

"In the 36 years he has visited New Zealand, Billy has become a true friend to Kiwis, who love his irreverent and topical humour."

Last month, Connolly admitted he was now having problems with his memory but joked that he hoped audiences would forgive him if he forgets the punchlines to his jokes.