British comedian Rik Mayall is being paid thousands of dollars (pounds) to write his controversial autobiography BIGGER THAN HITLER, BETTER THAN JESUS.

The 46-year-old funnyman - who is renowned for his wild antics in hit British TV comedies the YOUNG ONES and BOTTOM - has been snapped up by HARPERCOLLINS publisher for a reported five figure sum.

A source says, "Rik is one of the biggest comedy names - it should be a hit."

As well as chronicling his comedy career, the book - on shelves this September (05) - will detail his recovery from a near-fatal quadbike accident in 1998, which left him epileptic and permanently on medication.

04/02/2005 14:12