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 Post subject: RIP Rik Mayall
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:29 am 
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Rik Mayall's wife has said there is no explanation for the 56-year-old comedian's death on Monday.

"We don't know yet what happened," Barbara Robbin told reporters. "He had a strong heart so I don't think it was a heart attack."

"Maybe he had a fit, maybe it was his heart. We just don't know until the coroner's report."

Mayall starred in comedies such as The Young Ones and Bottom. Police said his death is not believed to be suspicious.

He died on Monday morning at his home in Barnes, south London.

Comic and The Young Ones writer Ben Elton was among Mayall's fellow comedians who paid tribute to star, calling him "an inspiration".

Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall created the show Bottom together
He said: "I met Rik when I was 18 and his friendship and extraordinary comic talent have been an inspiration to me ever since.

"I owe him so much, he changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife.

He always made me cry with laughter, now he's just made me cry."

The Young Ones also starred Mayall's comedy partner Ade Edmondson, who he also met at Manchester University and later created cult slapstick sitcom Bottom with.

"There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing," said Edmondson.

"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."

Mayall played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, who happened to be obsessed with Cliff Richard.

The cast of the comedy and the veteran pop star teamed up for the first Comic Relief song, a chart-topping charity version of his hit single Living Doll in 1986., and Richard has paid tribute to Mayall.

"I became a fan of his when he was in The Young Ones show and was always thrilled when he used my name during his series.

"I am so sad at his parting."

Stephen Fry paid tribute on Twitter from a transatlantic flight: "Crossing the Atlantic with wifi. Simply distraught to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. An authentic comedy genius and a prince among men."

The actor, who was married with three children, was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days.

He was a pioneer of the 1980s alternative comedy scene, and got his big break at The Comic Strip Club which led to cult television hit The Comic Strip Presents.

Other much loved roles included the film Drop Dead Fred and the loud-mouthed and lecherous Lord Flashheart in BBC comedy series Blackadder, starring Rowan Atkinson.

The actor appeared in the second and fourth series, shouting catchphrases such as "woof!" and "let's do-oo-oo it!".

He also played the smooth, scheming Conservative politician Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman, which ran on ITV from 1986 to 1992.

Writing in the Daily Mail, the show's co-writer Maurice Gran revealed Mayall had wanted "to do something a bit more grown up, as the world saw him as a spotty, skinny youth".

"The word genius has been cheapened by overuse, but in Rik's case no other word will do."


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 Post subject: Re: RIP Rik Mayall
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I like many grew up knowing him from Young Ones, Bottom etc.. thankfully my dad introduced me to both when I was a young kid.

Rik Mayall to me is one of few TV legends, he was incredibly funny, him and Ade were a great team.

He will be greatly missed, the funny bastard.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Rik Mayall
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Yep I used to love Bottom and The Young Ones growing up my old man was always watching them and he'd let me sit and watch as there was humour in them even for young kids basically the way they'd just beat each other up had me in stitches remember watching the live shows they used to go with my dad.

Also, remember watching drop dead fred over and over when I was younger had it on VHS what a film.

My favourite role was probably Flash Hart in Blackadder goes Forth.


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Met him once. Nice man.

First remember him as Kevin Turvey on the TV.

Funny, right up to his last show with Greg Davies


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 Post subject: Re: RIP Rik Mayall
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Here is a selection of some of the funniest lines from the late Rik Mayall's comedy career.

The Young Ones
Mayall played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, a man obsessed with Cliff Richard, starring alongside his friend and comedy partner Adrian Edmondson as Vyvyan. Their slapstick comedy and schoolboy humour achieved cult status.

Rick (Ode to Cliff Richard): Oh Cliff / Sometimes it must be difficult not to feel as if / You really are a cliff / when fascists keep trying to push you over it! / Are they the lemmings / Or are you, Cliff? / Or are you, Cliff?

Neil: Wow... that was really pretty bad, Rick

Rick: Bad for society when the kids start to get into it!


Rick: I'm going to write to my MP!

Neil: But you haven't got an MP, Rick, you're an anarchist.

Rick: Oh right. Then I shall write to the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen.


Rick (to Madness who are performing in the pub): Do you lot know Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard?

Suggs: You hum it... I'll smash your face in.

Rick: I'll go sit over there.


Rick: God, I'm bored. Might as well be listening to Genesis.


Rick: What are you doing, Vyvyan?

Vyvyan: I'm entering a contest to win a Ford Tippex. You have to say what Cornflakes mean to you in 10 words. So I said: Cornflakes. Cornflakes. Cornflakes. Cornflakes. Cornflakes. Cornflakes. Cornflakes. Cornflakes. Cornflakes.

Rick: Pathetic! You'll never win, Vyvyan.

Vyvyan: Why not?

Rick: It's only nine words.

Vyvyan (writing): Corn... flakes!


Rick: This house will become a shrine, and punks and skins and rastas will all gather round and hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader. And all the grown-ups will say: "But why are the kids crying?" And the kids will say: "Haven't you heard? Rik is dead! The People's Poet is dead!"

Bottom
Mayall and Edmondson played Richie and Eddie, two flatmates who lived on the dole in Hammersmith, London. As well as three TV series and five tours, it spawned the film Guest House Paradiso. The violent slapstick often involved fires, explosions and hefty blows to the head with a frying pan.

Richie: What about pin the tail on the donkey?

Eddie: We haven't got a donkey.

Richie: Well, pin the tail on the chicken.

Eddie: We haven't got a tail.

Richie: Oh. Well, pin the sausage on the chicken?

Eddie: We haven't got a chicken.

Richie: Well, pin the sausage on the fridge.

Eddie: Or a pin.

Richie: Sellotape a sausage to the fridge!

Eddie: We haven't got a sausage!

Richie: Put a bit of sellotape on the fridge!

Eddie: It's not much of a game, is it?


Eddie: Why are you putting mayonnaise on your face?

Richie: It's not mayonnaise, it's sun tan lotion.

Eddie (examining bottle): Never heard of low calorie sun tan lotion.

Richie: What? Oh no, blast! Oh God! Oh! Argh-rrgh! Phuh! Well where's the sun tan lotion then?

Eddie: You squirted that into your cheese roll.

Richie: But I ate that!

Eddie: Yeah, I know.

Richie: Well why didn't you tell me?

Eddie: Because I don't like you very much.


Richie: "Eddie, have you strained your vegetables?"

Eddie: "No it's just these hired trousers are a bit tight!"


Richie: This is just my London pomme-de-terre. My main castles are scattered all over the place, you know, 'cause I never know where I'm going to be... Bloody fox hunts go on for ever these days, don't you find? Never know where you're going to end up. Start off in Burke-shire, end up in... ah, eh, eh - Twat-shire!

Blackadder II
Lord Flashheart only appeared in two episodes of Blackadder, written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis. But Mayall managed to make the sex-obsessed, daring action hero one of the show's most memorable characters.

Flashheart: It's me, Flash! Flash by name, Flash by nature. Hurrah!

Blackadder: Where have you been?

Flashheart: Where haven't I been! Woof!


To Baldrick (dressed as a bridesmaid): Thanks, bridesmaid. Like the beard. Gives me something to hang on to!


To Lord Melchett: Hey Melchie! Still worshipping God? Last thing I heard He started worshipping ME...


To Nursie: Ah Nursie, I like it firm and fruity. Am I pleased to see you or did I just put a canoe in my pocket?

Blackadder IV
Flashheart: Hi, Flashheart here. Yeah, cancel the state funeral, tell the King to stop blubbing. Flash is not dead. I simply ran out of juice! Yeah, and before all the girls start saying "Oh, what's the point of living anymore", I'm talking about petrol! Woof, woof!


Flashheart: Enter the man who has no underwear. Ask me why.

Others: Why do you have no underwear, Lord Flash?

Flashheart: Because the pants haven't been built yet that'll take the job on.


Flashheart: Just because I can give multiple orgasms to the furniture just by sitting on it, doesn't mean that I'm not sick of this damn war: The blood, the noise, the endless poetry.

The New Statesman
Mayall played the corrupt, sleazy and utterly odious Conservative MP Alan B'Stard in the uproarious political satire The New Statesman, written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, which ran from 1987 to 1992 as well as returning for a number of specials.
Alan B'Stard: I suppose life's just too easy for me. I mean, I'm incredibly rich, I've got the largest majority on the House of Commons and, if I was any better looking, I think people would suspect I was an android.


Alan B'Stard: We hear an awful lot of leftie whingeing about NHS waiting lists. Well the answer's simple. Shut down the health service. Result? No more waiting lists. You see, in the good old days, you were poor, you got ill and you died. And yet these days people seem to think they've got some sort of God-given right to be cured. And what is the result of this sloppy socialist thinking? More poor people. In contrast, my policies would eradicate poor people, thereby eliminating poverty. And they say that we Conservatives have no heart.


Alan B'Stard: Who in this country was not moved when that great Englishman, Gazza, wept bitter tears at the World Cup last year? People thought that he was crying because he had been booked by the umpire and so would miss the final. But that was not the reason. He was crying at the thought that the Conservative government, the only government this young hero had ever known, was behind in the opinion polls.


Alan B'Stard: 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 Smurfs!


Alan B'Stard: You know the really great thing about a fudged coalition is that neither of us need to carry out a single promise of our election manifestos.


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 Post subject: Re: RIP Rik Mayall
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Rik Mayall suffered an "acute cardiac event" after returning from a morning run, his widow has said.

Barbara Mayall said her family had received "thousands and thousands of messages of condolence" from around the world.

She said: "We always knew that Rik was well loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief."

A post-mortem into the comedian's death was inconclusive, West London Coroner's Court has said.

More tests will now be carried out in an attempt to determine how the 56-year-old star died.

Rik, who shot to fame playing poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, was found dead at his London home on June 9.

His career, which also included roles such as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder and the conniving Conservative MP Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman, stretched back to the start of the alternative comedy scene.

Tributes have flooded in for Rik since his death.

His daughter Bonnie said on Facebook: "My dad was loved not only by my family, but by many many others.

"We will never forget him and neither will the world.

"RIP to the man, the myth, the legend - my wonderful, generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father. My idol now and forever.

"We love you daddy."

His Comic Strip Presents... colleague Peter Richardson, whose son was one of the last people to see the actor alive, said he was happy and healthy in the hours before his death.

Peter, who directed Rik in a series of TV shows, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that his son saw him around half an hour before he died.

He said: "He was happily chatting away and it was very quick, and we still don't quite know what happened, but it was a seizure of some sort."

Rik, who leaves wife Barbara and three children, Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie, survived an almost-fatal quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days.

Close friend and long-time collaborator Adrian Edmondson said he felt privileged to have shared good times with him at Manchester University, where the pair studied.

He said: "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 b*****d."

Stephen Fry, who also starred in Blackadder, said on Twitter: "Simply distraught to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. An authentic comedy genius and a prince among men."

Ben Elton, who was also a university friend of Mayall, said: "I owe him so much. He changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he's just made me cry."

Another less orthodox tribute - in the form of a makeshift blue plaque - was put up in Hammersmith, west London, reading: "Rik Mayall 1958-2014 Punched his friend in the balls on a bench near this spot."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were called by London Ambulance Service to a house in Barnes, south west London, where "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene".

He added that the death was not believed to be suspicious.

Rik was born in Harlow, Essex, to drama teacher parents and launched his comedy career on stage in a duo, the Dangerous Brothers, with Ade Edmondson.


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