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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000720728X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007207282
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a ludicrous…very funny – fusion of fact and comic fantasy'
The Times

'… a dense clootie dumpling of a book.'
Sunday Herald

'… hilariously irreverent …'
Daily Express

'It's a masterpiece in tongue-in-cheek ego-mania, a comic tour de force or – if you are the ghost of Mary Whitehouse – a nasty, smelly, subversive book about an incurable bighead who shouldn't be on the telly, let alone in print.'
The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne

'… should get a few old farts in Tunbridge Wells trying to work out how to send emails … Mayall's disciples will love this nook and he might win over several million more followers with it.'
Sport Lads Mag (plus four stars)

'… full of fun and laughter, just like the man himself. A word of warning: don't read it in public …the belly-laughs may cause embarrassment.'
Nottingham Evening Post
*****
Nuts Magazine

About the Author

Rik Mayall is one of Britain's most prolific and outrageous comedians and has been creating masterpieces for the large and small screen for over twenty years. Although his private and public life may have made the headlines on numerous occasions, Rik has remained relatively allusive … until now … well, sort of.


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GSimons on 10 Jun 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I met Rik Mayall back in 1999 when he was working in the Ealing Studios on what would become Guesthouse Paradiso.
There are many famous people I’ve passed and usually my default reaction is to do a double-take so they know I’ve recognised them and then let them go about their business.
Rik Mayall however was very different and for the first time in my life I summoned the courage to go and ask for an autograph.
The Rik Mayall you meet in this book was the Rik Mayall you met in real life. He was a curious combination of perfectly personable with manic tendencies lurking behind his eyes.
This book darts all over the place and it’s mainly played for laughs. You learn little of Rik Mayall the man and all about Rik Mayall the personality as he jokes with the reader in a way I’ve never come across.
Following his sad passing some of you will think about buying this book in order to learn about Rik’s rich career in comedy and if that’s your angle you’re destined for disappointment.
However there is some truth in this book and you have to look really closely to find it but you do get a glimmer of the man behind the laughs in certain passages particularly where he speaks about the accident he suffered in the 1990s.
The rest of the book is unashamedly the Rik Mayall we have all come to love. Comedians come and go and many of them are called unique but this man, who was prepared to put on tights while armed with a cattle prod in a devil suit, read Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine for the BBC’s Jackanory in a way only he could or adlib as Lord Flash Heart, is a comedy treasure who will long be remembered.
If you want to get a glimmer of the genius – buy this book and find out why millions loved The Rik Mayall.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shgadd on 10 April 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book.

One thing to bear in mind before you read it though - this is more a fictional book than an autobiography. It is written in character and is not heavily edited but what did people really expect? Half of the joy of this book is that it is a typical Rik speech, un-polished and un-censored.

If you're looking for a highly detailed behind-the-scenes type book, then go and read some of Stephen Fry's auto-biographies. If you're after a laugh and are a fan of Rik Mayall then go ahead and buy it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "thetruejaneysue2" on 14 Dec 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely hilarious! I couldn't read a single page without at laughing out loud. It is so "Rik" that I could imagine him sitting there with all of his quirky facial expressions writing each word. I have enjoyed Mayall's humor since the first time I saw him as "Prik with a silent P" in Young Ones. I live in the States and am sorry to say that not everyone understands his biting wit, but the educated ones who do would also agree that "Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ" is well worth the money spent. It's Rik's life the way he tells it. 'Nuff said.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Smith on 13 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although indeed comedy genious, don't buy this book if you want to read about Riks life cause it aint happening! One of the most unusually written books I've ever read, I just wanted an insight into the real Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, More Bad News etc and not a parody of his characters. Having said that I enjoyed it thorougly for what it is.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicolette Laurence VINE VOICE on 30 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
I love Rik and I love The Young Ones, Bottom, even Filthy, Rich and Catflap. I was kind of hoping that this was a funny autobiography. I am not really sure what it is. Obviously the letters are fake, but it is impossible to tell how much of what he actually writes is true. The footnotes are amusing, the spelling mistakes a bit tiresome but make me smile. I like it and it IS funny but it is really hard to read because of the style he writes in. The 'going-off-on-a-tangent' thing wears thin after a while.

I would really like it if Rik wrote his autobiography honestly and it would naturally be funny because that is Rik! I would like to read about his life, the people he worked with, etc etc. So to be honest I feel a bit dazed. If you're a Rik fan, you will enjoy it but you might find it hard going and a little disappointing.

Anyway Rik if you're reading these reviews - I still love you and think you're grate :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Distracted on 11 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
This hilarious parody of all those frightful luvvie showbiz memoirs is also a virtuoso display by Rik of how to prevent someone else from writing his biography by hiding just enough facts in layers of comically exaggerated fiction to ensure that any other biographer’s efforts would be as redundant and dull as a real documentary about student life would have been in the wake of "The Young Ones".
It’s better to read it in short bursts than all in one go as it can be a bit long-winded in places, but this minor flaw is far outweighed by the fact that no other book will make you laugh out loud so often. I can’t see how any fan wouldn’t love it or would feel short-changed. The world is full of conventional autobiographies (Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders etc), all more factually accurate than this – and not one of them as remotely as enjoyable.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horsfall - Author / Writer on 29 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
Well this is certainly no follow the formula biography - it is as zany and `out there' as the man himself. I really enjoyed the book being a big Mayall fan but can understand that it could drive others mad trying to stick with it. Best read in bite size chunks and you will be laughing out loud.
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