R.I.P. Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall, star of the British comedies The Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesman has passed away at his home in London today. He was 56.

The Essex-born Mayall was a pioneer of alternative comedy in Britain in the 1980s. He was best known to TV audiences for such sitcoms as The Young Ones, the classic 1982-1984 BBC series in which he starred as a would-be anarchist. He co-created that show along with Blackadder‘s Ben Elton. Mayall also starred in the series with Adrian Edmonson, his longtime collaborative partner.

The pair, who met at university, formed The Comic Strip in 1982. A group of alternative British comedians, it included Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Together, they created spoof series The Comic Strip Presents on Channel 4. In the early 90s, Mayall and Edmonson also created and starred in BBC series Bottom.

From 1987-1992, he played pompous the new statesmanpolitician Alan B’Stard in ITV’s satire of the Conservative government, The New Statesman. And, throughout the 90s he popped up as Lord Flashheart in episodes of Blackadder.

And the BBC reported:

His manager Roger Davidson said: “It is a terrible shock. All we know at this stage is that Rik died at home.

“We are all deeply saddened by this news, from the enormous number of fans Rik had to those who worked with him and knew him as a man as well as a fine actor.

“He touched many lives, and always for the better.”

Edmondson added: “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.”

Rik Mayall
07/03/1958 – 09/06/2014

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  • Jeseta

    So sad to hear this. I adore The Young Ones, The Comic Strip, Guest House Paradiso… All his work I have seen really, he was so talented.