Monday, June 09, 2014

Rik Mayall Has Died

Comedian and actor Rik Mayall died this morning. Mayall was best known for his roles in Bottom, the Young Ones and The New Statesman. He was 56. The Young Ones remains one of my favorite shows of all-time.

41 comments:

Steampunk Jazz said...

RIP, Rik.
You were my boy in The Young Ones ...

Violet said...

I've said it in a previous post but he and his contemporaries defined UK comedy in the 80s. He will be missed.

Renoblondee said...

That is too young. RIP.

AKM said...

Oh, Lord Flashheart. This is very sad. RIP and "woof woof."

Dingle Barry said...

Violet sleeps with Enty ;)

timebob said...

Drop Dead Fred, really dropped dead :(

RIP he was so good in the Young Ones remember it being on MTV when I was a kid and how crazy it was for the time.

rll said...
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rll said...

Damn link

Woof!

Steampunk Jazz said...

@Dingle, more like since Enty steals all his blinds from the Daily Mail, it would only be proper to give the Brits a shout out...;-)

Gayeld said...

Oh man, I loved The Young Ones. Stupid as it gets, but fun.

Violet said...

Enty wishes Dingle.

OneEyeCharlie said...

Oooooooo, Violet has some serious pull with Enty. And then look at that sassy comeback to Dingle. Our little ginger Brit is all fired up today.

ms_wonderland said...

So sad. Rik never really recovered from the quad bike accident.

My fave character of his was Alain B'stard, the New Statesman.

sandybrook said...

RIP

Its just U said...

Gutted. I loved him growing up.

Who's gonna look after Snot Face now??

AJ said...

No :-(
Another piece of my childhood gone.

chopchop said...

Too young.

I credit The Young Ones (and MTV for airing it) for introducing this small-town American to British humor.

Froggy England said...

Very sad, very young. RIP.

Am I ghoulish to want to know cause of death? :-((

Katie Telling said...

I'm distraught about this. Far far too young. I grew up watching him. The young ones, bottom (TV and live shows) Blackadder, king arthurs disasters...drop dead fred, the new statesman (my fave). He will be sooooo missed xxxxxxxx

Sherry said...

I never saw The Young Ones but if it's British you can bet it's good. Adore British humor. They are some funny mo fos!

RIP Rik!

AKM said...

I just now ordered "The Young Ones" from my library, as I only know him from "Blackadder." I needed a good classic new-to-me British comedy anyway. :-(

discoflux said...

AKM - You will LOVE The Young Ones. It's amazing!

This makes me so sad. My thoughts to his family and friends.

Mary Ann said...

I love him in "Blackadder" so very much. This is such sad news.

trixie comments said...

Loved him in The Young Ones. "Look out! CLIFF!!!"

Lula Surber said...

We would sit around (smoking hash) and watching The Young Ones, Bennie Hill, Monty Python and Dr. Who (Tom Baker!). In the very early 80's there was quite a bit of British TV available in the states. There was nothing like it at the time and quite frankly there's been nothing like it since (nothing like that hash either). RIP Rik.

Sass71 said...

What @Lula said.

ms_wonderland said...

Death 'not suspicious' say police. Very sudden. His wife found him this morning. Dreadful for her and children.

Hanwi said...

Rest in peace, People's Poet.

Ray said...

He introduced me to some great humor that no one in my house understood in the 80s. Thank you MTV for bringing me The Young Ones and Rik.

mmhmm said...

Cue the Cliff Richard...

8=====D aka Lil Tool. KermitGosnellKnobJockey said...

That B'stard thing was the first comedy series I ever watched (local and foreign).

RIP.

Snootches said...

Loved Drop Dead Fred! Sad

StuffandNonsense said...

I was about 15 when my friends and and I used to sit around laughing at him and the anarchic humour of The Young Ones.

This is such sad news. Rest in Peace x

Vintage Pink said...

The Young Ones were the best ever!!!
There was always a weird "blip" on the screen-every episode. If you slowed the VHS tape down, you would see that a random picture had been inserted.
Every one.

RIP

Cee Kay said...

Waaah! I LOVED Drop Dead Fred!

BeckyMae said...

Ohhhh I so many sads about this.....The Young Ones defined my teen years and I saved up all my money to see him live with Ben Elton in 1986. Such a genius....

BeckyMae said...

Also try and find 'Bottom' his show with Ade Edmonson....it was like Rik and Vyvyan from The Young Ones grown up.
I never really watched The New Statesman but I've heard it's great too.

Krissie said...

Enty, how could you not mention "Drop Dead Fred"?? It came out when I was about 10 and everybody I knew around my age *loved* it.

Sometimes when I'm annoyed at someone I still think of Drop Dead Fred's solution for Lizzie's ex-boyfriend. "I know! We'll harpoon him through the head!" LOL.

B626 said...

He was always getting on Vivians ass about something!

skippy said...

It's like a piece of my rebellious teenager has gone. So sad.
The young ones was on at 11.30pm! You had to be REALLY HARD to stay up & watch it. Or wasted. (Not so much at 14!)

Gabi said...

May the seed of your loin be fruitful in the belly of your womaaaan!