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Tall Tales and Wee Stories by Billy Connolly

Tall Tales and Wee Stories

The Best of Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly

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Imprint: Two Roads
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 15 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781529361339

Outrageously funny story-telling from the nation's favourite comedian. Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the 'Best of Billy Connolly'. 'One of stand-up's great naturals. No one told a story better.' Guardian

2 stars out of 5
David Robinson
30 Oct 2019

"Connolly’s comedy is all about performance, not the printed word"

On stage, before Parkinson’s tightened its hold, he could prowl, growl, sing, scream, grin and swear in a way denied him on the page. Depending on the audience reaction he could improvise and embellish his stories or change tracks altogether. ... Yet on the page, he admits, his stories appear “lumpy and strange ... a merry-go-round of memories, observations, fantasies and ad libs” without any obvious structure. Inevitably, they are also no longer as fresh, funny or freewheeling: ad libs, after all, stop being ad libs when they appear as ink on a page.