Tall Tales and Wee Stories: The Best of Billy Connolly

Tall Tales and Wee Stories: The Best of 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 generation.

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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  • Richard Newton

    I'm a big fan of Billy Connolly, as a comedian, a storyteller and just generally as an all round interesting good bloke who is great to listen to. But this book did not do a lot for me, except make me...

  • Bill Lynas

    Over the years I've seen Billy Connolly's numerous stand up routines on TV, but I've always regretted not seeing him live on stage. To make up for this in a small way I treated myself to a signed copy...

  • Jo

    Tall Tales and Wee Stories: The Best of Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly, is one of those comedians who everybody knows and loves, his innate honesty and sharp wit, have had audiences in stitches for five...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    What makes the inhabitants of Glasgow so eternally fascinating! Here, Billy Connolly gives insight through his tenement childhood through his life, told in short vignettes, some laugh-out-loud hilario...

  • Keen

    CYNICAL, HALF-HEARTED RECYCLED CASH IN!Imagine one of your favourite bands or singers who had been recording music for around half a century, decided to put those songs in book form without any hint o...

  • Amanda Provan

    All my favourite stories in written form. Billy Connolly has such a special place in my heart and I always get really emotional talking about him but this one made me laugh rather than cry. I had tear...

  • Suzanne

    I saw Billy on stage a few years ago and I laughed until it hurt. I think seeing him live definitely helped while reading the book, as I could imagine him strutting round the stage telling his tall ta...

  • Wendy Bland

    I t had me laughing out loud! Thank you Billy....

  • Caleb

    The whole opening of the book leads you to believe that these are the stories that Billy really wanted to share and how important writing this book was.Its actually just a transcript of a bunch the Bi...

  • Jamie Bowen

    Now that Billy has retired from stand up comedy, he’s finally been persuaded to write down some of his more well known stories. I was reading this and I had his voice in my head, and I was having to...