The New Statesman

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. Continue reading »