Skip to comments.Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56
Posted on 06/09/2014 10:39:14 AM PDT by the scotsman
'British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56.
He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend Adrian Edmondson. The duo later went on to star in the sitcom Bottom.
A pioneer of the 1980s alternative comedy scene, Mayall also appeared in Blackadder and The New Statesman.
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56 = too young
The Young Ones was a pretty funny show.
Funny guy. Used to love The Young Ones.
Just damn, another piece of my childhood gone RIP, RIk.
PS to moderator: no need to be rude on the prior thread.
Thanks for posting! I totally forgot about the young ones. Loved that show when I was a teen. That and Python where the only times I watched pbs
I remember Mayall as the over-the-top, super heroic Lord Flashheart from "Blackadder".
Wow, other people who watched “The Young Ones”.
Great show - great actor.
May he RIP.
I’ve never heard of it before, but 56 is way too young for anyone to die.
Looks like I was punning — didn’t mean to.
The news of his passing is taking up 4 of the top 10 topics on Twitter.
Wow, loved that show. Only 12 episodes? Seemed like there were many more. RIP Rik Mayall. I’ll have Neil boil some lentils in his honor.
One of my favourite shows of all time. One Halloween, four of us went as The Young Ones. My girlfriend was Rick, I was Vyvyan.
“He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones “
I thought his characters name was Vivian
Used to watch The Young One’s when in Aberdeen back in the 70’s and early 80’s. It grew on you the more you watched it. Sorry for the loss of him.
Vivian was the punk...the guy with red hair and four stars stuck in his forehead.
Rick is a complete bastard and we all hate him!
RIP You crazy Anarchist.
Only knew him as Drop Dead Fred. My daughters adored him.
Loved him in The Young Ones....RIP.
Note, there is a three disk set on Netflix of his show “Bottom”, called Full Bottom.
Other great British comedies:
Beyond the Fringe, and Derek and Clive, both with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Brass Eye, Look Around You, The Day Today, Do Not Adjust Your Set, At Last The 1948 Show, The Fast Show, The Wrong Door, Not the 9o’clock News, League of Gentlemen, The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Paul Merton the Series, and Harry Enfield and Chums.
The Q series, by Spike Milligan, was what the Pythoners said inspired them. Also influenced by The Goodies, no doubt.
Little Britain, The Catherine Tate Show, That Mitchell & Webb Look, and The Mighty Boosh. But there are so many more.
I know he was involved in a terrible accident. I remember an interview he gave years later.
I wonder if that accident ultimately wound up resulting in his death.
“The limit Vivian... I live on the limit.”
I don’t know if I’ve gone a day since 1984 without thinking or saying that line.
Thanks for the grins. RIP & condolences to his family & mates.
The People’s Poet
Loved the Young Ones. Great comedian. RIP
It left him with epilepsy.
Goodbye Lord Flash Heart. You made me laugh incredibly hard in the “Young Ones”, and “Bottom” R.I.P.
sometimes up...sometimes down.
but always... around
pollution, are you coming to my town?
or am I coming to yours?
we’re on different buses pollution,
but we’re both using petrol.
God bless you People’s Poet
I think I’ll break out my copies of the Young Ones tonight and show the kids why Dad is so weird.
An excerpt from the BBC that I thought was priceless.
“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.”
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