Tall Tales and Wee Stories by Billy Connolly

all Tales and Wee Stories: The Best of Billy Connolly by Billy Connolly

‘Connolly’s raucous run through his life is as furious, funny and foul-mouthed as you’d expect’ Sunday Times

In December 2018, after fifty years of belly-laughs, energy and outrage,
Billy Connolly announced his retirement from live 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 Scotland. Between songs, he would improvise a bit, telling
anecdotes from the Clyde shipyard where he’d worked. In the process, he made
all kinds of discoveries about what audiences found funny, from his own
brilliant mimes to the power of speaking irreverently about politics or
explicitly about sex. He began to understand the craft of great storytelling.
Soon the songs became shorter and the monologues longer, and Billy quickly
became recognised as one of the most exciting comedians of his

Billy’s routines always felt spontaneous. He never wrote scripts, always
creating his comedy freshly on stage in the presence of a live audience. A
brilliant comic story might be subsequently discarded, adapted or embellished.
A quick observation or short anecdote one night, could become a twenty-minute
segment by the next night of a tour.

Billy always brought a beautiful sense of the absurd to his shows as he
riffed on his family, hecklers, swimming in the North Sea or naked bungee
jumping. But his comedy can be laced with anger too. He hates pretentiousness
and calls out hypocrisy wherever he sees it. His insights about the human
condition have shocked many people, while his unique talent and startling
appearance on stage gave him license to say anything he damn well pleased
about sex, politics or religion.

Billy got away with it because he has always had the popular touch. His
comedy spans 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.

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