Tall Tales and Wee Stories: The Best of Billy Connolly (Paperback)Billy Connolly (author)
For fifty years Billy Connolly’s stand-up routines have been the stuff of legend; constantly evolving and expanding they ensured his reputation as the funniest comic of his generation. Tall Tales and Wee Stories pulls together the cream of these hilarious routines, alongside an enlightening introduction from the Big Yin himself.
'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.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm
A read that entirely fits the personality of the extreme personality who wrote it, Connolly's raucous run through his life is as furious, funny and foul-mouthed as you'd expect. His stand-up knack for easy storytelling shines through - Sunday Times
Wild and whirling . . . it reads like a talking book - Observer
Connolly's writing is so much like his speech you can hear him as you read. - Evening Standard
A glorious memoir full of insights into the funnyman's life and career. Hilarious. - Prima
The Big Yin Bible - The List
A very humorous read - Daily Stock Dish
One of stand-up's great naturals. No one told a story better. - Guardian
Raucous and side-splitting - Yours
Wry, sometimes sacrilegious, often absurd and outrageously funny - The Senior AU
Gloriously, unashamedly peppered with swearing, bodily functions and drunken behaviour . . . you will laugh, guffaw and snort your way through this remarkable book - The Wee Review
Bracingly sweary, robustly rude and brilliantly original, this is essential reading for fans of the Big Yin. - Daily Mail
This book brings together the best of his stories...and offers something of a potted history of a life of spontaneous performance on stage. - Irish Independent Review
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Oh this is brilliant. I knew many of the passages from vinyl records, videos and TV appearances (which shows my age!) But not all of the material was familiar. I had worried slightly if Billy's voice would... More
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Want to write my review now although have only read up to page 120.Ive not stoppped laughing ! It is like him telling the stories to me personally.
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“What a joy to read”
love it . Made me laugh out while reading. Billys view and life are quite entertaing
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