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Tall Tales and Wee Stories : The Best of Billy Connolly - Billy Connolly

Tall Tales and Wee Stories

The Best of Billy Connolly

Hardcover Published: 15th October 2019
ISBN: 9781529361339
Number Of Pages: 320

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Outrageously funny story-telling from the nation's favourite comedian.

Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the 'Best of Billy Connolly'.


'Coming from Glasgow, it's weird, I don't really tell jokes, like Irish jokes and all that. I tell wee stories. And some of them don't even have punchlines. But you'll get used to it as the night goes on, and on, and on, and on and on...'

In December 2018, after 50-years of belly-laughs, energy, outrage and enjoyment, Billy Connolly announced his retirement from stand-up comedy. It had been an extraordinary career.

When he first started out in the late Sixties, Billy played the banjo in the folk clubs of Glasgow. Between songs, he would improvise a bit, telling anecdotes from the Clyde shipyard where he worked. In the process, he made all kinds of discoveries about what audiences found funny, from his own exaggerated body movements to the power of speaking explicitly about sex. He began to understand the craft of great storytelling too. Soon the songs became shorter and the monologues longer, and Billy quickly became recognised as one of the most exciting comedians of his generation.

Billy's routines always felt spontaneous. He improvised, embellished and digressed as he went: a two-minute anecdote could become a 20-minute routine by the next night of a tour. And he brought a beautiful sense of the absurd to his shows as he riffed on holidays, alcohol, the crucifixion, or naked bungee jumping.

But Billy's comedy could be laced with anger too. He hated pretentiousness and called out hypocrisy where ever he saw it. He loved to shock, and his startling appearance gave him license to say anything he damn well pleased about sex, politics or religion. It was only because he was so likeable that he got it away. Billy had the popular touch. His comedy spanned generations and different social tribes in a way that few others have ever managed.

Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the very best of Billy's storytelling for the first time and includes his most famous routines including, The Last Supper, Jojoba Shampoo, Incontinence Pants and Shouting at Wildebeest. With an introduction and original illustrations by Billy throughout, it is an inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read, and a fitting celebration of our greatest ever comedian.

About the Author

Billy Connolly is a world-renowned, award-winning comedian, musician, presenter, author and actor.

Industry Reviews

One of stand-up's great naturals. No one told a story better. - Guardian

Wild and whirling . . . it reads like a talking book - Observer

ISBN: 9781529361339
ISBN-10: 1529361338
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15th October 2019
Publisher: John Murray Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.4  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1

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