- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Two Roads (17 October 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1529361346
- ISBN-13: 978-1529361346
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 23.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Tall Tales and Wee Stories: The Best of Billy Connolly Hardcover – 29 Oct 2019
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It is a bit hard to read comedy material,since Billy is a performance artist it works best if he is telling the story.But I imagine if you are a big fan ,his voice will come though while you are reading.He does have some interesting observations about Scottish and Irish people,so there is another audience for this book.Also in one part he refers to his friend,Billy Rafferty ,now the name sounded familiar but I wasn’t sure who he was.I looked up his name and he was most famous for the song “Baker Street “ and Billy was in a band will him earlier in his career.It would have helped if he mentioned this fact ,that he did Baker Street because other people in the same chapter are not famous.
The book is set up in stages of his life from childhood to current times,he usually works in some stories and jokes.There is quite a bit of profanity and potty humor,but I definitely found myself laughing a bit.The last chapter was probably my favorite,he basically goes into political correctness and what he refers to as the “beige people “.All those busy bodies trying to control everything.One of my favorite lines is about how the Scottish people view death ,”You have a long time looking at the lid”, some basically enjoy your life and don’t take things too seriously.Too bad he isn’t doing Stand up anymore because comedy needs brave people right now.
Excellent book for hard core fans and worth reading for the rest of us.I recommend this if you are interested.
Over the years Billy has amassed a wealth of material during for his standup routines, has numerous videos and even going back a while came out with a couple of old vinyl LPs.
Tall Tales and Wee Stories is basically a collection of his standup material over his 50 year career. It basically reads like a transcript of his standup act although it is sectioned into chapters and each story is unique rather than one long standup routine.
I was very glad to see my favourites from his shows in the book like the jobbie weecher and swimming in the north sea and also happy that he included the crucifixion from his old record days (I don't think this one is on any of his videos but I may be wrong). What is so funny about his stories is that they are relatable, especially if you grew up in Scotland like I did.
A couple of his stories don't really come across that well in written form, mainly because of the sound effects he uses during his routines (think along the lines of a car wizzing past you "meeeeoooowwwww". Those type of sounds effects). If however you have seen the videos of him performing these routines then you instantly get them and even hear his voice in your head whilst you are reading the stories.
This book is a laugh a minute from start to end and anyone looking for a good comedy book, a Billy Connolly fan or even if you are interested in what its like to grow up in Scotland then you are in for a treat.