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In Remembrance of Rik Mayall

7 March, 1958 ~ 9 June, 2014
Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom



Message from Simon Raybould:

" Memorial Tribute to one of Britain's finest comedians. "


Biography

Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was an English comedian, writer and actor. Mayall was best known for his comedy partnership with Adrian "Ade" Edmondson, for his energetic "post-punk" style of acting,[1] and as a pioneer of alternative comedy in the early 1980s. He appeared in numerous cult classic sitcoms, including The Young Ones, Blackadder, The New Statesman and Bottom, and in the comedy films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso. Mayall was described at the time of his death as a "truly brilliant" comedian with a unique stage presence, whose "fireball creativity" and approach to sitcom had inspired a generation of comedy stars.[1]

Contents [hide]
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Young Ones and The Comic Strip
2.2 Becoming a household name
2.3 1990s
2.4 2000s
2.5 2010–2014
3 Personal life
3.1 Family
3.2 Quad bike accident
4 Death
5 Recognition and critical opinion
6 Filmography
6.1 Television
6.2 Film
6.3 Stage
6.4 Video games
7 Audiobooks
8 Awards and Nominations
9 References
10 External links
Early life
Mayall, the second of four children, was born in Harlow, Essex,[2] to John and Gillian Mayall. He had an older brother, Anthony, and two younger sisters, Libby and Kate.[3] When Mayall was three years old, he and his parents—who taught drama—moved to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, where he spent the rest of his childhood and performed in his parents' plays. After attending The King's School, Worcester, Mayall went to the University of Manchester in 1976 to study drama, where he befriended his future comedy partner Ade Edmondson. There he also met Ben Elton, a fellow student, and Lise Mayer, with whom he later co-wrote The Young Ones.

Career
Young Ones and The Comic Strip
Edmondson and Mayall gained their reputation at the Comedy Store, from 1980. Apart from performing in their double act, 20th Century Coyote, Mayall developed solo routines, using characters such as Kevin Turvey and a pompous anarchist poet named Rick.[4] This led to Edmondson and Mayall, along with Comedy Store compere Alexei Sayle and other upcoming comedians, including Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, French and Saunders, Arnold Brown and Pete Richens, setting up their own comedy club called "The Comic Strip" in the Raymond Revuebar, a strip club in Soho.[5] Mayall's Kevin Turvey character gained a regular slot in A Kick Up the Eighties, first broadcast in 1981. He appeared as "Rest Home" Ricky in Richard O'Brien's Shock Treatment, a sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He played Dentonvale's resident attendant as the love interest to Nell Campbell's Nurse Ansalong.

Mayall's television appearances as Kevin Turvey warranted a mockumentary based on the character titled Kevin Turvey – The Man Behind The Green Door, broadcast in 1982. The previous year, he appeared in a bit role in An American Werewolf in London. His stage partnership with Edmondson continued, with them often appearing together as "The Dangerous Brothers", hapless daredevils whose hyper-violent antics foreshadowed their characters in Bottom.[6] Channel 4 offered the Comic Strip group six short films, which became The Comic Strip Presents..., debuting on 2 November 1982. The series, which continued sporadically for many years, saw Mayall play a wide variety of roles. It was known for anti-establishment humour and for parodies such as Bad News on Tour, a spoof "rockumentary" starring Mayall, Richardson, Edmondson and Planer as a heavy metal band.

At the time The Comic Strip Presents... was negotiated, the BBC took an interest in The Young Ones, a sitcom written by Mayall and then-girlfriend Lise Mayer, in the same anarchic vein as Comic Strip. Ben Elton joined the writers. The series was commissioned and first broadcast in 1982, shortly before Comic Strip. Mayall played Rik, a pompous sociology student and Cliff Richard devotee. Despite the sitcom format, Mayall maintained his double-act with Edmondson, who starred as violent punk Vyvyan. Nigel Planer (as hippie Neil) and Christopher Ryan (as "Mike the cool person") also starred, with additional material written and performed by Alexei Sayle. The first series was successful and a second was screened in 1984. The show owed a comic debt to Spike Milligan, but Milligan was disapproving of Mayall. Milligan once wrote: "Rik Mayall is putrid – absolutely vile. He thinks nose-picking is funny and farting and all that. He is the arsehole of British comedy."[7] In 1986 Rik Mayall played the Detective in the video of "Peter Gunn" by Art Of Noise featuring Duane Eddy.

Becoming a household name
Mayall continued to work on The Comic Strip films. He returned to stand-up comedy, performing on Saturday Live—a British version of the American Saturday Night Live—first broadcast in 1985. He and Edmondson had a regular section as "The Dangerous Brothers", their earlier stage act. In 1985, Mayall debuted another comic creation. He had starred in the final episode of the first series of Blackadder (1983) as "Mad Gerald". He returned to play Lord Flashheart in the Blackadder II episode titled "Bells". A descendant of this character, Squadron Commander Flashheart, was in the Blackadder Goes Forth episode "Private Plane". In the same episode, he was reunited with Edmondson, who played German flying ace Baron von Richthofen the "Red Baron", in a scene where he comes to rescue Captain Blackadder from the Germans. Nearly a decade later, Mayall also appeared in Blackadder: Back & Forth as Robin Hood.[8]

In 1986, Mayall joined Planer, Edmondson and Elton to star as Richie Rich in Filthy Rich & Catflap, which was billed as a follow-up to The Young Ones. The idea of Filthy Rich and Catflap was a reaction to comments made by Jimmy Tarbuck about The Young Ones. The series' primary focus was to highlight the "has been" status of light entertainment. While Mayall received positive critical reviews, viewing figures were poor and the series was never repeated on the BBC. In later years, release on video, DVD and repeats on UK TV found a following. Mayall suggested that the series did not last because he was uncomfortable acting in an Elton project, when they had been co-writers on The Young Ones.[9] 1987 saw Mayall co-star with Edmondson in the ITV sitcom Hardwicke House. Due to adverse reaction from press and viewers, ITV withdrew the series after two episodes.[10] In the same year, Mayall had a number one hit in the UK Singles charts, when he and his co-stars from The Young Ones teamed with Cliff Richard to record "Living Doll" for the inaugural Comic Relief campaign. Mayall played Rick one last time in the stage-show and supported the Comic Relief cause for the rest of his life. He appeared on the children's television series Jackanory. His crazed portrayal of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine proved memorable.[11] However, the BBC received complaints "with viewers claiming both story and presentation to be both dangerous and offensive".[12]

In 1987, Mayall played fictional Conservative MP Alan Beresford B'Stard in the sitcom The New Statesman (Yorkshire Television) written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The character was a satirical portrait of Tory MPs in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and early 1990s. The programme ran for four series—incorporating two BBC specials—between 1987–94 and was successful critically and in the ratings. In a similar vein to his appearance on Jackanory, in 1989 Mayall starred in a series of bit shows for ITV called Grim Tales, in which he narrated Grimm Brothers fairy tales while puppets acted the stories. In the early 1990s Mayall starred in humorous adverts for Nintendo games and consoles. With money from the ads, he bought his house in London which he called "Nintendo Towers".

1990s


Adrian Edmondson (left) and Rik Mayall (right) as Eddie and Richie in Bottom
In 1991, Edmondson and Mayall co-starred in the West End production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Queen's Theatre, with Mayall playing Vladimir, Edmondson as Estragon and Christopher Ryan as Lucky. Here they came up with the idea for Bottom, which they said was a cruder cousin to Waiting for Godot.[13] Bottom was commissioned by the BBC and three series were shown between 1991 and 1995. Mayall starred in Bottom as Richard 'Richie' Richard alongside Edmondson's Eddie Elizabeth Hitler. The series featured slapstick violence taken to new extremes, and gained a strong cult following. In 1993, following the second series, Mayall and Edmondson decided to take a stage-show version of the series on a national tour, Bottom: Live. It was a commercial success, filling large venues. Four additional stage shows were embarked upon in 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2003, each meeting with great success. The violent nature of these shows saw both Edmondson and Mayall ending up in hospital at various points. A film version, Guest House Paradiso, was released in 1999. A fourth TV series was also written, but not commissioned by the BBC.



Phoebe Cates (left) and Mayall as Elizabeth and Fred in Drop Dead Fred.
Mayall starred alongside Phoebe Cates in Drop Dead Fred (1991) as the eponymous character, a troublesome imaginary friend who reappears from a woman's childhood. He also appeared in Carry On Columbus (1992) with other alternative comedians. Mayall also provided the voice of the character Froglip, the leader of the goblins, in the 1992 animated film adaption of the 1872 children's tale The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. In 1993, he appeared in Rik Mayall Presents, three individual comedy dramas. Mayall's performances won him a Best Comedy Performer award at that year's British Comedy Awards, and a second series of three was broadcast in early 1995. He provided the voice for Little Sod in Simon Brett's How to Be a Little Sod, written in 1991 and adapted as ten consecutive episodes broadcast by the BBC in 1995. In the early 1990s, he auditioned for the roles of Banzai, Zazu and Timon in The Lion King (1994); he was asked to audition by lyricist Tim Rice, but the role of Zazu finally went to Rowan Atkinson.

In 1995, Mayall featured in a production of the play Cell Mates alongside Stephen Fry. Not long into the run, Fry had a nervous breakdown and fled to Belgium, where he remained for several days, and the play closed early.[14] In 2007, Mayall said of the incident: "You don't leave the trenches ... selfishness is one thing, being a cunt is another. I mustn't start that war again."[15] Edmondson poked fun at the event during their stage tours. In Bottom Live: The Big Number Two Tour, after Mayall gave mocking gestures to the audience and insulted their town in a silly voice, Edmondson said, "Have you finished yet? It's just I'm beginning to understand why Stephen Fry fucked off." In Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour, after Richie accidentally fondles Eddie, he replies, "I see why Stephen Fry left that play." Towards the end of the Cell Mates run, Mayall revealed a replica gun— a prop from the play—to a passer-by in the street. Mayall was cautioned over the incident and later conceded that this was "incredibly stupid, even by my standards".[16] From 1999, Mayall was the voice of the black-headed seagull Kehaar, in the first and second series of the animated television programme, Watership Down.

2000s
In 2000, Mayall lent his voice to the PlayStation and Windows PC video game Hogs of War. Also that year, Mayall appeared in the video production of Jesus Christ Superstar as King Herod. He joked in the "making of" documentary, which was included on the DVD release, that "the real reason why millions of people want to come and see this is because I'm in it! Me and Jesus!" In 2001 Mayall gave an excellent dramatic performance as Lt Daniel Blaney in the episode "The White Knight Stratagem" from the series "Murder Rooms: The Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes." In 2002, Mayall teamed up with Marks and Gran once more when he starred as Professor Adonis Cnut in the ITV sitcom, Believe Nothing. However, the sitcom failed to repeat the success of The New Statesman and lasted for only one series.

Following 2003's Bottom: Live tour, Bottom 5: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts, Mayall stated that he and Edmondson would return with another tour.[17] Shortly thereafter, however, Edmondson told the Daily Mail that he no longer wished to work on Bottom. This effectively dissolved their quarter century-long partnership. Edmondson claimed they were "too old" to continue portraying the characters. Edmondson added that since Mayall had recovered from his coma, he was slower on the uptake and it had become more difficult to work with him, citing as well that due to taking medication Mayall had been advised to stop drinking alcohol. However, Edmondson said that the pair remained very close friends.[18]

Mayall voiced Edwin in the BBC show Shoebox Zoo. In September 2005, he released an 'in-character' semi-fictionalised autobiography titled Bigger than Hitler, Better than Christ (ISBN 0-00-720727-1). At the same time, he starred in a new series for ITV, All About George. In 2006, Mayall reprised the role of Alan B'Stard in the play The New Statesman 2006: Blair B'stard Project, written by Marks and Gran. By this time B'Stard had left the floundering Conservatives and become a Labour MP. In 2007, following a successful two-month run in London's West End at the Trafalgar Studios, a heavily re-written version toured theatres nationwide, with Marks and Gran constantly updating the script to keep it topical. However, Mayall succumbed to chronic fatigue and flu in May 2007 and withdrew from the show. Alan B'Stard was played by his understudy, Mike Sherman during his hiatus.

Mayall was cast as the poltergeist Peeves in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), the first of the Harry Potter films, although all of his scenes were cut from the film.[19] He claimed in his semi-autobiographical book Bigger than Hitler, Better than Christ that he had not been made aware that his scenes had been cut until the full film was officially unveiled at the premiere. He told the story of this hiring/firing on his second website blog for his film, Evil Calls: The Raven (2008). For Evil Calls, Mayall's role as Winston the Butler was shot in 2002, when the film was titled Alone in the Dark. The film was not completed until 2008, and was released under its new 'Evil Calls' title, to distance it from the Alone in the Dark computer game film.

Mayall provided the voice of the Andrex puppy in the UK TV commercials for Andrex toilet paper, and also had a voice part in the UK Domestos cleaning product adverts.[20] He performed the voice of King Arthur in the children's television cartoon series, King Arthur's Disasters, alongside Matt Lucas from Little Britain who plays Merlin. Mayall also had a recurring role in the Channel Five remake of the lighthearted drama series, Minder.

In September 2009, Mayall played a supporting role in the British television programme Midsomer Murders—shown on ITV1 and made by Meridian Broadcasting—as David Roper, a recovering party animal and tenuous friend of the families in and around Chettham Park House.

2010–2014
In April 2010, Motivation Records released[21] Mayall's England Football anthem "Noble England" for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which he recorded with Coventry producer Dave Loughran.[22] On the track Mayall performs an adapted speech from Shakespeare's Henry V[23] In June 2010 the official BBC Match of the Day compilation CD (2010 Edition) was released by Sony/Universal featuring Noble England – Track 18, CD2.

In September 2010 an audio book, narrated by Mayall, Cutey and the Sofaguard was released by Digital Download. The book was written by Chris Wade and released by Wisdom Twins Books. In this same month Mayall played the voice of Roy's Dad and recorded five episodes of animation[24]

In November 2010, Mayall provided narrative for five different characters for CDs accompanying children's books published by Clickety Books. The books aid speech and language development by bombarding the child with troublesome sound targets. He recorded introductions and narratives for the titles.

On 5 March 2011, Mayall appeared on Let's Dance For Comic Relief in which he came on stage and attacked Ade Edmondson with a frying pan during his performance of The Dying Swan ballet. Edmondson mentioned backstage that it was the first time in eight years they've done something like that together and claimed Mayall had left his head with a small bump.

In April 2011, Mayall again revived the character of Alan B'Stard to make an appearance in a satirical television advertisement for the No2AV campaign prior to the 2011 voting reform referendum in the UK. The character is shown being elected under the alternative vote system, then using his newly gained position of power to renege on his campaign promises. In his personal life, Rik Mayall did not support the alternative vote. In May of the same year Mayall became the eponymous 'Bombardier' in a TV advertising campaign for Bombardier Bitter in the UK.[25] The adverts landed broadcaster UKTV Dave in trouble with Ofcom when they were found to breach the Ofcom code for linking alcohol with sexual attractiveness or success.[26]

On 23 August 2012 the BBC announced that Edmondson and Mayall's characters of Richie and Eddie would be returning in 2013 in Hooligan's Island, a television adaptation of their 1997 tour of the same name.[27] However, on 15 October 2012 Ade Edmondson announced during an interview with BBC radio presenter Mark Powlett that the project was cancelled prior to production as he wished to pursue other interests.

In September 2012 Mayall starred in The Last Hurrah, a six-episode, full-cast audio series that he also co-wrote with Craig Green and Dominic Vince.[28]

In November 2012, Mayall narrated several children's books on the Me Books app, such as The Getaway and Banana! by children's illustrator and author Ed Vere.

In October 2013 he appeared in Channel 4 sitcom Man Down, playing the father of the protagonist, Greg Davies — despite being only ten years older.

Personal life
Family
Mayall married Scottish make-up artist Barbara Robbin in 1985, and the couple had three children: Rosie (born 1986), Sidney (born 1988) and Bonnie (born 18 September 1995). The couple met in 1981 while filming A Kick Up the Eighties and embarked on a secret affair which lasted until 1985. At the time, Mayall was in a long-term relationship with Lise Mayer. Upon finding out Robbin was pregnant, Mayall eloped with her to Barbados. Mayer would later suffer a miscarriage. In a 2002 newspaper article, Mayall said that Mayer had since forgiven him.[29]

Quad bike accident
On 9 April 1998, Mayall was injured after crashing a quad bike near his home in Devon.[30] Mayall's daughter Bonnie and her cousin had asked him to take them for a ride on the bike—a Christmas gift from his wife—but he refused because it was raining, and he later went alone.[31] Mayall's wife Barbara looked out of the window and saw him lying on the ground with the bike. Believing he was joking, she initially left him for a few minutes. Mayall was airlifted to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, with two haematomas and a fractured skull. During the following 96 hours, he was kept sedated to prevent movement which could cause pressure on his brain. His family was warned that he could die or have brain damage.[32] He was in a coma for several days.

After five days doctors felt it safe to bring Mayall back to consciousness. In his 2005 spoof biography, Mayall claims that he "rose from the dead". During Mayall's hospitalisation, The Comic Strip special, Four Men in a Car, was broadcast for the first time. The film involves Mayall's character being hit by a car.

Mayall and Edmondson joked about the event in stage versions of Bottom, Edmondson quipping "If only I'd fixed those brakes properly," and Mayall referring to himself: "You must know him, that tosser who fell off the quad bike." The pair wrote the first draft of their feature film Guest House Paradiso while Mayall was still hospitalised. They planned to co-direct, but Edmondson took on the duties himself. Mayall returned to work doing voice-overs. His first post-accident acting job was in the 1998 Jonathan Creek Christmas special, as DI Gideon Pryke, a role he reprised in 2013.

Death
Mayall died at his home in Barnes, London, on 9 June 2014. After being called to the house with a report of a sudden death at 13:19, the Metropolitan Police said that the death was not believed to be suspicious.[33] His death was announced by his management team. Tributes were paid by the comedy producer John Lloyd, the comedian David Walliams and the film director Edgar Wright, among others.[33]

There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he's died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.

—Ade Edmondson[34]
Recognition and critical opinion
In the 2005 Channel 4 poll, Comedians' Comedian, Mayall was voted among the top 50 comedy performers of all time.[35]

In 2008, Mayall was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University of Exeter.[36]

In the 2010 poll, "Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians", Mayall was placed 91st.[37]

In 2014, on his death, The Guardian described Mayall as an actor whose "onscreen performances were so full of life. His characters weren’t neatly drawn sketches: they were vast mad scribbles, jammed to the margins with noise and energy". Commenting of his role in the sitcom Blackadder, it noted, "Upstaging an entire fleet of world-class comedians should have been impossible. Mayall made it look effortless", and that he had replicated this success in his other best-known shows, by becoming the "face of the show" in The Young Ones and creating an "iconic" figure in The New Statesman character, Alan B'Stard.[38]

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Memories

Memory by Anjali   Nov 26, 2015
Room only means a room in which to sleep and no meals. Depending on the establishment, it might inculde a small refrigerator and an electric tea kettle with a selection of tea, coffee, etc. for you to make yourself. Self-catering means you get a room to sleep. Meals are not inculded. It DOES inculde a hob/oven/stove upon which to cook your own meals, a refrigerator, and a selection of kitchen appliances, pots and pans, utencils, plates, glasses and mugs, and other things necessary for meal preparation and dining. The variety and inventory depend upon the quality/rating/price of the establishment. You didn't ask, but half board means you get a room and breckfast. Full board means you get a room, breckfast, lunch and dinner. All-inclusive usually applies to resorts where one price inculdes your room, all meals, drinks, and activities within the resort.

Memory by Ian lock   Sep 30, 2014
When Rik was on tv it was such a big event in our house. We all would laugh like loons when Bottom was on or some other show he was in. I can't believe he's gone and can't believe I'll never hear him scream "Eddie you complete BASTARD" again. He was my favourite comedian of all time. I want to thank him for all the fantastic memories and I went to see Bottom live 4 times and I've never laughed at any other show as much as I did watching Richie and Eddie fight!!!

Memory by aj   Jul 28, 2014
RIP

Memory by Emma   Jul 26, 2014
When I heard the news I had to sit down, dumbfounded, in complete and utter shock. 'Rik Mayall can't be dead', I thought, 'he just can't be. He's Rik f***ing Mayall!'. Sadly this was no joke, and I cried every night for about a week afterwards. Now, since that awful sunny June afternoon, there's hardly been a day that's gone by where I haven't thought about Rik. This man was responsible for some of my happiest memories to date, many of which came from quite tough and personal times. That's what made Rik so talented, special, and wonderful; you could be having the worst day you've ever had, then you'd watch something with him in it, and you'd be laughing away like a loon. They say that the flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. In your case Rik, that was true and then some. But even though you're gone, you'll be burning away for a long time yet, me ol' matey Bob's your uncle - because every time someone watches your work and laughs, your anarchic spirit and sense of fun will live on. And what an incredible gift that is to leave us all. Condolences to your wife and children, your many friends and colleagues, and all your fans around the world who are feeling this loss just as intensely. You really are a pan-global phenomenon, you complete and utter b*****d!

Memory by cherry clarke   Jul 15, 2014
On June 9th 2014 my life was changed forever when my childhood was taken away from me!! Rik Mayall was more than just a comedian he was a pan global phenomenon he touched my life with his laugh his jokes his smile and his zest for life!! Love does go on with out Mister Mayall but without you in it its just alot less funny!! My only regret was not either meeting you or writing to you! My love goes to your family Barbara, Rosie, Sid and Bonnie in this time!! You'll never be forgotten as your in the hearts of so many!! With love and violence Cherry xxx

Memory by Kerrie Durrant   Jul 14, 2014
Was just a normal day in June When I heard that you had gone so soon I couldn't walk, I couldn't breathe I started to cry , i started to grieve How could a man so wonderful be gone If there is a god, he got it so wrong You brought the world laughter Like there had never been before Another episode of bottom finished You would leave us wanting more A kick in the knackers and frying pan fights Going trick or treating just wearing tights You and Ade made a wonderful team But it was you, dear Rik that made our televisions gleam Rick, Richie, B'stard or Fred Flash, Kevin, Dad, there all in my head You were a Pan Global Phenomenon Who was taken too fast But your legend and your genius You built it to last So RIP Rik, thanks for the laughter But we miss you always, and here ever after x K Durrant 9-7-14 7am

Memory by Suzanne Smith   Jul 14, 2014
There are simply no words to describe how much I loved and admired this man. A comedy genius, wonderful serious actor as well, generous to co-workers, gracious to fans and actually excited to meet them, a warm, lovely, charming family man. My heart goes out to Barbara, Rosie, Sid, and Bonnie. Nothing can replace your loss. His legend lives on in his many performances for generations to come. Huzzah and bang on, people's poet forever, Rik Mayall!

Memory by Monica Flynn   Jun 19, 2014
Rip rik thoughts with your wife & family xxx

Memory by Jonathan in Wantage   Jun 18, 2014
Saw Rik at the Oxford Apollo in December 1989. A fantastic show! A sad loss of someone who had a lot more to give.

Memory by Lee Rowthorne   Jun 12, 2014
The Young Ones was like no other show I had ever seen and set a new standard of comedy. I loved your anarchic energy you brought to all your roles. I particularly loved TYO, Bottom, The New Statesman, Four Men in a Car and Mr Jolly Lives Next Door. Eat the Rich was a wonderful, timely film. You are a legend and my hero. Thanks for all the laughs Rik. Bombs!

Memory by Ben Cooper   Jun 11, 2014
Rik Mayall was one of my first experiences of comedy and remained my favourite till the end. As a young lad in the 80's and 90's he was a staple of British humour and his characters were constantly quoted in my house by myself and my brothers. To think we will never see his animated face in anything new again leaves my heart feeling very heavy. His sense of intellectual mayhem coupled with his downright silly antics that only he could get away with makes me sure the world will never see the likes of this again. Rik, on behalf of my generation I thank you for the laughter, the sarcasm, the scathing wit and the sense that someone out there still understood the true meaning of the word ridiculous! The world has lost one of it’s true greats, and although I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person, rest assured you have made more of an impact then many I have. The ‘Peoples Poet’ may be dead but will never be forgotten. 'Woof!'

Memory by peter ferguson   Jun 10, 2014
Rik mayall was a comic genius if ever you were having a bad day just a glimpse of Rik in either the young ones or bottom brought a smile to your face followed by lots and lots of laughter ,my favourite has to be bottom together with ade edmonson they were different class, classic line along with many many others Riks character Ritchie in bottom pretending to be a Falklands veteran in a pub, ten years i was fighting in the Falklands ten long years rofl gets me everytime RIP rik comic genius .

Memory by L Phelan (Australia)   Jun 10, 2014
Such a huge loss to the world of comedy! How ironic .... And all the grown-ups will say, But why are the kids crying?" And the kids will say, "Haven't you heard? Rick is dead". Sadly we are all crying. R.IP. Rik Mayall, thank you for the laughs.

Memory by Helen Andrews   Jun 9, 2014
When I was in High School The Young Ones was THE SHOW we all watched and re-hashed the next day at school. ALL my family (Mum included) loved it, and to this day there isnt one family gathering or event that isnt improved by various Young One's quotes from all of us. A huge loss to british comedy.

Memory by tim   Jun 9, 2014
Here are some of his most memorable lines and scenes: As Lord Flashheart in Blackadder II: (To Baldrick [Sir Tony Robinson], dressed in drag as a bridesmaid): "Thanks bridesmaid, like the beard. Gives me something to hang on to!" As hero pilot Squadron Leader Lord Flashheart in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989): Flashheart: All right men, let's do-oo-oo it! The first thing to remember is: always treat your kite [taps chalkboard picture of a biplane] like you treat your woman [whips the air with his cane]. As Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman (1987-92): "Why should we, the country that produced Shakespeare, Christopher Wren, and those are just the people on our banknotes for Christ's sake, cower down to the countries that produced Hitler, Napoleon, the Mafia, and the the the, the the the, the the the Smurfs!" "Remember my friends, God is dead. Marx is also dead. But the market lives. The market must become your new God." As Richard "Richie" Richard in Bottom (1991-1995): Richie: Some people are short-tempered, aren't they? Eddie Hitler (Adrian Edmondson): Yeah, well, about four or five thousand of 'em, by the looks of things. Richie: Yeah. But it's wonderful, though, Eddie. I mean, look. All the local communities are out there, on the streets. Eddie: Beating the sh*t out of each other. Richie: Yeah! Oh, I love carnival time. Oh, look at that policeman over there! Eddie: Which one? Richie: The one jumping up and down, waving his arms. Eddie: The one that's on fire? Richie: Yeah!

Memory by simon   Jun 9, 2014
I remember watching the Young Ones as a kid. Fantastic !




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Posted by Sarah
Sep 18, 2015  

Lovely Rik your Family Friends and Fans think of you but not lost you are always here! you made me laugh for years thank you *hugs*

Posted by Pete
Jun 11, 2015  

Whenever I'm feeling down or depressed I just put Bottom on, or really anything else with Rik in it, and I'm immediately cheered up (and saddened he's no longer with us).
Thanks for the memories Rik.


Posted by Lesley
Dec 6, 2014  

Forever young forever in our hearts Your comic genius lifted our hearts. Thanks for the memories and the laughter. Hope that there may be a memorial service -your gift of laughter much appreciated

Posted by John
Nov 2, 2014  

Thank you for all the wonderful legacy you leave behind ...sadly you never did make a Bottom-themed tv show set in an old-age home. But thank you (and Ade) ever so much for 'Bottom'!

Posted by Jill Ashburn
Oct 13, 2014  

Not a day goes by when I don't think of you . You will always be in my heart.

Posted by Roderick
Jul 5, 2014  

shine on you crazy diamond.........RIP

Posted by Katie
Jul 3, 2014  

Loved rik mayall as a kid, drop dead fred and grim tales were the best!! What a loss .

Posted by Hannah Kelly
Jun 19, 2014  

RIP Rik!

Posted by Monica Flynn
Jun 19, 2014  


Rip RIC


Posted by Sarah
Jun 19, 2014  

With love xx

Posted by Joanne Clogan
Jun 19, 2014  

Bye Rik, I adored you and you made me laff so many times throughout my adolescence!!

ta-ra buddy, mucker, pal, chum

xxxxxx


Posted by Hayley
Jun 19, 2014  

Rest In Peace Rik, thanks for all the laughter you brought :)

Posted by Clare Sherman
Jun 19, 2014  

With love.

Posted by Claire McAlpine
Jun 18, 2014  

RIP Rik, You may be gone but you will live on in our hearts.

Posted by Carly
Jun 18, 2014  

Thank you so much for making the world a little better... will miss you heaps....

Posted by CINDY SNYDER
Jun 16, 2014  

He was a talented actor who provided many with laughter and entertainment. My prayers go out to his family.

Posted by TNEditor
Jun 15, 2014  

Oh no Eddy not the Toilet Duck... RIP!

Posted by zoe
Jun 15, 2014  

rik i am gonna miss you so much! you was the perfect imaginary friend! drop dead fred stole my heart and never gave it back! and i never grew up :D you have made me laugh so so much you and ade together in bottom really made me laugh! wish i had the chance to meet you & tell you that your an utter utter bastard ! but your our utter bastard and we love you! i love you! wish you could have stayed around just a little bit longer:( goodbye rik mayall you utter utter LEGEND! xx have fun up there! forever a young one!

Posted by Elizabeth
Jun 15, 2014  

RIP.

Posted by Greg
Jun 14, 2014  

Thanks for all the laughs.

Posted by Christina aka "Birdie"
Jun 13, 2014  

Thank you Rik for all the laughter you brought into the world, you contributed so much to British Comedy. Your role as Drop Dead Fred was a positive & encouraging influence on me growing up, and I'll never forget you! God Bless you Rik. Lots of love. ~Christina

Posted by MM
Jun 13, 2014  

You were more loved Rik than you could have imagined. Thanks for all the laughs. God bless, and RIP.

Posted by Sed
Jun 13, 2014  

The news of this guy leaving us has hit me very hard...I have loved all and everything he has done since i was a young Lad. He has made me laugh millions of times over,again and again, for 30 years and more. I am deeply shocked and terribly saddened and i will Miss his Genius for a long.long time. Thankyou Rik Mayall, for keeping me in Laughter for practically all of my life. Rest In Peace Rik (Spelt with a silent 'P' ) xxx

Posted by Gypsy Julene
Jun 12, 2014  

Rik, you saved my life on many occasion, and now you will never know how much you mean to me. Your passing has rocked my world so deeply and I wish beyond measure I could reach out to you just one more time and tell you how much your life has meant to mine. There are roughly 1,025,109.8 million words in the English language and none of them are strong enough to express how much you are loved, and how much you are already missed. I'm getting a tattoo in your honour, on my wrist, so every single day I will think of you and remember you, and spread your legacy in my own little corner of the world, and you will never, ever be forgotten. Goodbye my friend. Goodbye.

Posted by Suzanne
Jun 12, 2014  



Posted by Jodie
Jun 12, 2014  

Rest in peace Rik. You will always be remembered.

Posted by Andy
Jun 12, 2014  

Another legend gone far too soon, rest in peace Rik, you will be missed by millions.

Posted by Rob
Jun 11, 2014  

tears of laughter,now tears of sadness,he will continue to make us laugh,a legend,pure and simple .

Posted by John
Jun 11, 2014  

A genius taken way, way too soon. RIP, you funny, funny man.

Posted by Brian
Jun 11, 2014  

A true legend that got me through the 80s,RIP.
PS no kisses Coz were blokes!


Posted by Anna
Jun 11, 2014  

thanks for making me laugh so much, RIP

Posted by Christina
Jun 10, 2014  

you will be missed! thanks for all the laughs!

Posted by Mel
Jun 10, 2014  

Bloody hell, I can't believe you're gone. Thanks for The Young Ones, Bottom, Drop Dead Fred & all the laughs. Wish I could've seen you & Ade in Godot. RIP.

Posted by toria
Jun 10, 2014  

can't believe it.
thank you for the funny times and the good memories


Posted by The Thomas family
Jun 10, 2014  

Thanks for over 30 years of laughter. A flaming comet blazing across the heavens.

Posted by Alexsis DiMarzio
Jun 10, 2014  

May God love you and keep you always, miss you! Forever loved and missed, Thinking of you.R.I.P.xoxo

Posted by Rachel
Jun 10, 2014  

R.I.P rik

Posted by Becky
Jun 10, 2014  

You made me laugh so much, so very sad. You will be greatly missed xx

Posted by Sam
Jun 10, 2014  

"Where haven't I been?!"-black adder


Posted by Casey
Jun 10, 2014  

Gone too soon. Thank you for all the laughs.

Posted by Ashley Keegan
Jun 10, 2014  

A true comic genius. Your untimely death will never diminish the depth of love & gratitude for the smiles you've given to countless others. The world is a darker place without you but a flicker of light can be found in the moments you've shared with us all. Farewell x

Posted by jules and steve
Jun 10, 2014  

RIP Rik another star shining bright, thanks for the laughs, total legend.

Posted by Tracey Dooley
Jun 10, 2014  

Thank you for the bellyful of laughs…You're a true comic legend…RIP, Rik...

Posted by Sandy Knight
Jun 10, 2014  

So sad. So young. So brilliant. You will be missed.Thank you for the laughs. RIP x

Posted by JPW
Jun 10, 2014  

RIP Rik many a funny night or day when u was on TV make the Angels have a smile good Night Rik :)

Posted by Mark Richardson
Jun 10, 2014  

You will be Sadly missed

Posted by Simon Pattle
Jun 10, 2014  

Rik....... you made me laugh mate.....

Posted by Lambrechts Niels
Jun 10, 2014  



Posted by Andy Cassidy
Jun 10, 2014  

RIP Rik - You (and your characters) kept me laughing for many years. Will be sadly missed.

Posted by Nick Turk
Jun 10, 2014  

You truly were the ruddy best, you utter bastard xxx

Posted by Andy Cassidy
Jun 10, 2014  

RIP Rik - You (and your characters) kept me laughing for many years. Will be sadly missed.

Posted by Demelza
Jun 10, 2014  

I will never laugh again...my heart is broken. RIP Rik I will miss you you've been a part of my life for 30 years

Posted by Susie
Jun 10, 2014  

When I think of comedy, I think of Rik. One of the best

Posted by jan mes
Jun 10, 2014  

One of the best comedians past away, will miss him forever.

Posted by Dave
Jun 10, 2014  

RIP Rik, Your shows and manic comedy were one of the main reasons why my parents struggled to understand me. A terrible shock to the system, 56, so young and will be sadly missed.

Posted by Andrew
Jun 10, 2014  

I grew up idolising Rik, devestated to hear of his passing. The world is a sadder place having lost a revolutionary comic genius.
RIP Rik


Posted by Gina
Jun 10, 2014  

RIP RIK -a true one-off


Posted by Debs
Jun 10, 2014  

Spontaneous,a glorious blaze of talent one of the best

Posted by Cath
Jun 10, 2014  

A huge, huge loss. RIP Rik.

Posted by Amy
Jun 9, 2014  

Thanks for all the fun, hilarity and your genius.

Posted by Antony José
Jun 9, 2014  

Absolutely gutted by your passing. Watching you in your brilliant shows made my life living painfully in forced exile outside of England bearable for all these years. You are inexpressibly missed. Bless you wherever you are now. You belong to the ages.

Posted by Anita Curtis
Jun 9, 2014  

Woof! RIP Rik.


Posted by Anita Curtis
Jun 9, 2014  

Woof! RIP Rik.


Posted by Anita Curtis
Jun 9, 2014  

Woof! RIP Rik.

Posted by Cas
Jun 9, 2014  

Dear Rik...loved everything you did. Thank you for all the laughs, you genius. xxx

Posted by amanda
Jun 9, 2014  

RIP pissface xx

Posted by Isabel Cambria
Jun 9, 2014  

Dear RIk, you have always been my favorite comedian, thank you for all the laughs over the years, you always had me in stitches, you were an absolute genius. I was so sad to hear of your passing 😰. I can\\\'t stop crying. My deepest condolences to your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Rik, I will always love you xxxxxooooxxxx

Posted by Pete Cannell
Jun 9, 2014  

Thanks Rik for sharing your life with us, comedy genius. R.I.P.

Posted by Jaime
Jun 9, 2014  

RIP Rik