Scottish comedian Billy Connolly will earn a staggering $81,000 (GBP45,000) per hour for each of his upcoming one-man shows.

The 62-year-old funnyman and movie star will perform 18 stand up shows - part of his TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG tour - at London's Hammersmith Apollo in September and October (04) - for which he will be paid $2.9 million (GBP1.6 million).

A spokesperson for the venue says of the MRS BROWN actor, "He is one of the UK's best loved entertainers and we are confident this new run of shows will be a huge success."

02/08/2004 14:05