Two Roads has snapped up a collection of Billy Connolly’s funniest stories, featuring an introduction and illustrations by the much-loved comedian.
Connolly announced his retirement from stand-up last December after an extraordinary career that took him from playing the banjo at Scottish folk clubs to world tours and primetime TV success.
In Tall Tales and Wee Stories, the best of his story-telling will be brought together for the first time. It will include famous routines like the Last Supper, Jojoba Shampoo, Incontinence Pants and Shouting at Wildebeest.
The synopsis explains: “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 where ever he sees it. His insights about the human condition have shocked many people, while his unique talent and startling appearance gave him license to say anything he damn well pleased about sex, politics or religion.”
Nick Davies, m.d. at John Murrary Press, acquired world rights direct from Connolly. Tall Tales and Wee Stories will be published in hardback and e-book on 17th October, backed by PR support from Connolly and a high-profile marketing campaign.
Connolly said: “I was a storyteller long before I was a comedian. Coming from Glasgow, it's weird, I don't really tell jokes, like Irish jokes and all that, I tell wee stories. I’ve been asked many times to put them down in a book and I’ve always refused. It didn’t seem right because as long as I was still performing live then I was still playing around with my stories – pulling them apart, twisting them around, improvising and improving. But in December of last year I decided to retire from live stand-up. So, this feels like the right moment to put these stories down, once and for all. It’s always been a pleasure talking to you. I hope now it’ll be a pleasure reading me.”
Davies added: “As his many millions of fans will know, Billy’s stories can be rude, warm-hearted, anarchic, joyful, angry, far-fetched, down-to-earth and everything in between. They are also beautifully constructed, brilliantly paced and deeply funny. I’ve written to Billy at various points over the last 15 years to ask if he would bring these stories to the printed page and I’m thrilled that he has finally agreed. Tall Tales is an absolute treat of a book that will delight readers everywhere.”