I Loved Rik Mayall

Oh bloody hell, Rik Mayall died?! He died, what an utter, utter bastard piece of news that is. I loved him, and he and his comedy pals helped shape our generation. OK, so it has been a while since I last whacked anyone round the head with a frying pan, but The Young Ones definitely formed at least part of my personality!



A classic house based sitcom with punk rock sensibilities and a left wing attitude, it is me in sitcom form. (She say writing while sat on a sofa, surrounded by punk memorabilia and the constant urge to shout about standing up for ‘the people’, right kids!) It was genius stuff, and most of my generation can while away many a happy drunken hour quoting it in the pub.

‘Crop rotation in the fourteenth century was considerably more widespread……’

‘Hands up who likes me’

Etc Etc. Plus they had great bands on it, Motorhead and The Damned for example, a unique idea not seen in Terry and June, though I think it could have improved it!

Then there was The Comic Strip. More genius, probably most loved in this house for Bad News, the mock rock documentary, which for anyone in bands became the next most quoted thing after The Young Ones. Many the time I have been in vans laughing as someone ran behind us, all shouting ‘See you in Grantham’ out of the window. Or been at poorly attended gigs hoping the dog paid to get in. And must give a mention to Mr Jolly Lives Next Door – Dreamy Time Escorts and taking out Nicholas Parsons – legendary.




And The New Statesman, Rik’s parody of a Tory MP is simply so close to the truth that it is almost as sad as it is funny, take this quote from the series about the coalition:-

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.

Could have been written yesterday that!

And he was handsome, I had a proper crush on him. Not so much when he had his grubby y-fronts pulled up as high as Simon Cowell’s trousers while playing Richie in Bottom, but Lord Flashheart in Blackadder, well, what girl could refuse!



I could enthuse all day about stuff he has done, Bottom and it’s violent slapstick hilarity, Filthy Rich and Catflap (Reykjavík comma Iceland full stop) and Kevin Turvey. But rather than writing it all in here, I am off to dig my VHS’s out from a box under the bed to watch it all again, and giggle in tribute.

It’s a strange thing when someone you never knew personally’s death makes you genuinely respond with huge sadness, but I know it isn’t just me, my Facebook was filled with streams of photos and quotes and disbelief.

” The grown-ups will say, “But why are the kids crying?” And the kids will say, “Haven’t you heard? Rick is dead! The People’s Poet is dead!””

Well, most of us aren’t kids any more, but we are all pretty damn sad. Peoples poet, we proper loved you!



‘Hand’s up who likes me?’

Raises hand.

Love Miss Cisco XXX




  1. June 10, 2014 / 8:52 am

    I felt like a friend had died, especially as he is around my age, and one of the saddest things of all for me is that my 21 year old had never heard of him or his most well known shows…
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    • June 10, 2014 / 8:56 am

      Same here, got daughter watching Bad News with us last night, she was chuckling away!

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  3. Lynn
    June 10, 2014 / 10:25 am

    There really was non one quite like Rik. As you say, it feels strange to be so heartbroken by the loss of someone you’ve never met. I feel the same though. I think it’s because Rik was such a huge part of my life growing up. I remember me and my Dad watching everything Rik was ever in on TV together. I remember sitting excitedly and turning over to BBC Two in anticipation. I remember the two of us chuckling and laughing out loud. I remember wishing the show would never end – partially because I loved it, but also because it was normally my bedtime straight after! I also remember when I was first introduced to David’s family, his little brother was just a shy 12 year old (who barely spoke a word) and somehow we ended up bonding over Bottom (oh that sounds a bit wrong doesn’t it) & Black Adder and lots of Rik related japery! Rik will be sadly missed.

  4. Hels
    June 10, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    I was obsessed with comedy, and particularly the Comic Strip gang throughout my childhood and adolescence….oh yeah and now I’m 41 I’m still obsessed.

    I’m one of those people drunkenly quoting lines in the pub and I have an overwhelming urge to re-watch all my Young Ones, Bottom and Comic Strip vids. It’s so strange to think I’ll miss someone I’ve never met, but I will. I’ll miss him terribly. God bless Rik, you were epic.

  5. June 10, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    I was really saddened at the news of his death. He was a teenage comedy hero – I loved him, especially in his duo with Ade Edmonson as the Dangerous Brothers. They were awesome at slapstick. So sad. X

  6. June 11, 2014 / 6:26 am

    Fantastic post. It certainly wasn’t just you – Twitter and Facebook were full of it. I even had to ring my husband at work to tell him because I knew he’d want to know. He’d only introduced the kids to Bottom the other day (they didn’t really get it). I had forgotten quite how many shows he’d done – I only think of The Young Ones and Bottom, but you (and my husband) have reminded me of a lot more.
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  7. June 12, 2014 / 8:15 am

    This has made me so sad, far too young.
    I remember living in a shared house with fellow students and catching a glimpse of The Young Ones first episode, it was a memorable moment as I realised there was someone out there sharing my sense of humour and not the “comedies” of my parents generation.
    I getting my politics student son to watch The New Statesman, I think he’ll love it.
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  8. June 15, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    I very rarely get emotional when famous people who I never met die. But this one has got me all choked up. great tribute. And loving the .gif.
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