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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Abridged edition edition (September 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007211279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007211272
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

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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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. Bigger than Hitler: Better than Christ does exactly what it says on the slightly misleading tin, telling us the whole story with a few red herrings thrown in for a tasty measure.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stanley on April 30, 2011
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I'm The Rik Mayall's biggest fan, to the extent of even loving Filthy, Rich and Catflap (I'm the only person I've ever met who liked this series), but BTH-BTC just doesn't work for me. Yes, there are funny parts now and again, but they're often hiding amongst an onslaught of tedious nonsense. It helps as you read it, if you hear Rik Mayall's voice in your head, but even this doesn't relieve the tedium. The overall concept behind the book is not bad (a sort-of autobiography, with 10% fact and 90% bollocks), but it doesn't stick to that formula consistently enough.

At the end of the day, this needed editing. As it stands, it reads like a first draft. This book could have been transformed into something quite unique and readable if a decent editor had inserted his input into The Rik's passages (ooer obviously).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosalind Dalefield on January 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you love Rik Mayall's humor, you'll love this book. If you are unfamiliar with Rik Mayall, you'll probably be mystified. Speaking for myself, I'm keeping this one to revisit time and again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amy A. Behrbaum on November 12, 2007
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The Rik Mayall is great (anyone with any sense knows that) and this book is proof. Although it can at times seem as though the Rik Mayall is ranting and confused, I have come to realize it is only because I cannot, as I am not the Rik Mayall (there can only be one), fully understand the true and perfect genius that the Rik Mayall embodies and expresses in this brilliant autobiography. If you have ever enjoyed Bottom and/or The Young Ones, you will love Bigger than Hitler, Better Than Christ. Rik Mayall is sex. Oh, and there's loads of pictures, too (which is awesome).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Eldridge on September 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Light entertainment's most priapic juggernaut takes a break from "having it off" with "top birds" (this could be a form of shagging, but only The Rik Mayall knows for sure.) and amusing billions to the point of self-mortification to bestow upon the reading public this memoir (all of which is totally true, obviously), which makes all others before it look like the most over-used birdcage lining by comparison. For mere mortals such as we to even begin to fathom the workings of comedic ultragenius, this is your first and last step.
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By M. Adil-smith on October 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
'm a big fan of Rik Mayall, from the Young Ones, to guest appearances in Blackadder, and on to The New Statesman and Bottom.

But this is utter tripe.

It tries to be "zany" and "out-there", but instead just forces me to believe that Mayall was convinced that this would be a good idea, and when he actually came to do it realised that he wasn't a writer at all.

To be honest, it feels like it's actually written by his "Ritchie" character, in the whole "look at me - I'm brilliant" anarchic sense.

I hope that Mayall writes a proper autobiography, rather than this sad attempt.
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If you're not familiar with Rik Mayall, you could be excused after reading the first few pages, for thinking "what a pompous, egotistical dick", But when it clicked that Mr Mayall was writing his autobiography...but in the style of Rick from 'The Young Ones', it all made sense. Funny stuff.
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