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Sir Billy Connolly


Settle in with the king of stand-up as he unpacks a lifetime of making people laugh. This is Billy like you've never seen him before. Billy reveals his process whilst showcasing some of his very best routines. Billy takes you behind the mic to learn the magic of comedy from the man who pretty much invented it.

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For over 50 years, Billy has been the undisputed king of stand-up. For the very first time ever, Billy unpacks his career. Illustrated with some of his favourite routines, Billy talks you through the techniques he's learned in his unrivalled career, like how to build expectation and then subvert it at the right moment, where to source material and then enrich it for comic effect, timing between jokes to ride on the wave of laughter that you'll create, how to build a bond with your audience and yes how to dispense with hecklers.

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You already know wee Billy. He’s the Big Yin – the king of stand-up who’s topped numerous polls, being hailed the funniest, most influential and greatest comedian of all time. For 50 years he’s honed the art of stand-up and knows how to find the funny in everyday life. And he knows that standing up on stage is the best laxative known to man.


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70 pages

A downloadable PDF with further tips and exercises to help you hone your funny bone.

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Are you 'the funny one'?

Turn your wit and ideas into a thrilling time on stage… with a little help from the Big Yin.

19 video lessons, 2.5 hrs
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