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    British Comedian Rik Mayall Dies at 56 - ABC News

    British Comedian Rik Mayall Dies at 56

    LONDON June 9, 2014 (AP)






    British comedian Rik Mayall is seen here in this file photo, July 28, 1999.
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    Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers that injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died. He was 56.
    Mayall's management firm Brunskill Management said the comedian died at his London home on Monday.
    In the 1980s Mayall was part of the Comic Strip, a hugely influential group of alternative young comics that included Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Mayall's writing and performing partner, Adrian Edmondson.
    He was best known for co-writing and performing in "The Young Ones," a sitcom about slovenly students that was much loved by those it satirized.
    On television he memorably played Conservative politician Alan B'stard in the sitcom "The New Statesman" and lecherous Lord Flashheart in comedy classic "Blackadder."
    He and Edmondson also created and starred in "Bottom," a surreally violent slapstick series about two unemployed slobs.
    Film appearances included the title role in 1991 fantasy "Drop Dead Fred" — which gained him a U.S. cult following — and 1999 British comedy "Guest House Paradiso."
    "There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing," Edmondson said. "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."
    The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. London's Metropolitan Police force said officers had been called to the house by the ambulance service on Monday, but that the death was not believed to be suspicious.
    In 1998 Mayall was on life support and in a coma for several days after an all-terrain vehicle accident.
    "The main difference between now and before my accident is I'm just very glad to be alive," Mayall said last year.
    "Other people get moody in their 40s and 50s — men get the male menopause. I missed the whole thing. I was just really happy."

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    Bummer!!! I just made a post in after hours about him, because I can't make threads from work. Such a funny guy.
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    He really was a funny guy. Damn. So young.

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    How sad

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    Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56
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    Rik Mayall's hit comedies included The Young Ones and Bottom
    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.

    His manager Roger Davidson said: "It is a terrible shock. All we know at this stage is that Rik died at home.

    "He touched many lives, and always for the better."

    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."


    The BBC's David Sillito looks back at Rik Mayall's career
    Police said they were called to reports of a sudden death of a man in his 50s at 13:19 BST on Monday, in Barnes in south west London.

    London Ambulance Service said "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene".

    The Metropolitan Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious.

    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.

    His big break came at The Comic Strip Club, performing with comedy partner Adrian Edmondson as 20th Century Coyote in the 1980s, which led to cult television hit The Comic Strip Presents.

    He co-wrote The Young Ones with Lise Mayer and Ben Elton, which ran for 12 episodes between 1982 and 1985. It shared cult status and schoolboy humour with later sitcom Bottom.

    Mayall and Edmondson's slapstick comedy often involved fires, explosions, and hefty blows to the head with a frying pan.

    The pair met at Manchester University before forming the on-stage comedy duo The Dangerous Brothers.

    Mayall's film roles included the comedies Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.

    Anarchic characters

    He also famously played 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!".

    But his early, anarchic characters gave way to the smooth, scheming Conservative politician Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman, which ran on ITV from 1986 to 1992.

    Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson
    The sitcom Bottom was one of the fruits of Mayall and Edmondson's long comedy partnership
    Blackadder producer and writer John Lloyd paid tribute, telling the BBC: "It's really a dreadful piece of news."

    "He was the most extraordinarily good actor as well as being an amazing stand-up comic. Apart from being great company, he was a great professional," said Lloyd.

    Writer Laurence Marks, who created The New Statesman, described Mayall as "a quiet, polite, caring gentleman".

    "He was the antithesis of the characters he played," he said, adding that the comedian's health had deteriorated after his quad bike crash 16 years ago.

    "I think he lost his long-term memory, so often when we were discussing The New Statesman, he couldn't remember it."

    Nigel Planer, who played the hapless hippie Neil in The Young Ones, said he was "very, very sad and upset that we've lost Rik, who was inspirational, bonkers, and a great life force.

    He described Mayall as "a brilliant comedian and someone who made everyone else's lives more fun. He will be really, really missed."

    'Truly brilliant comedian'

    Among those paying tribute on Twitter was comedian David Walliams.

    He wrote: "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian."

    "Growing up there was no one funnier," said The Mighty Boosh comedian Noel Fielding. "We will really miss you Rik Mayall you genius."

    Alan Davies, who starred opposite Mayall in Jonathan Creek, said the star was "great to be around"

    "Funny, funny man and a comic hero in my teens. Terrible news."

    Mayall and Marsha Fitzalan as Alan and Sarah B'Stard in The New Statesman
    Mayall and Marsha Fitzalan as Alan and Sarah B'Stard in The New Statesman
    Speaking about his 1998 quad bike accident last year, Mayall said doctors had kept him alive on a life-support machine for five days and were about to turn it off when he began to show signs of life.

    He used to mark the occasion by exchanging presents with his wife and children and said the near-death experience changed his life.

    He said: "The main difference between now and before my accident is I'm just very glad to be alive.

    "Other people get moody in their 40s and 50s - men get the male menopause. I missed the whole thing. I was just really happy."

    The BBC's director of television Danny Cohen called Mayall a "truly brilliant comedian".

    "His comic timing was outstanding and his screen presence unique. For a generation of viewers he was a true comedy hero," said Cohen.
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    Sad news.

    i like Ade Edmonson's statement, from metro.co.uk

    The actor said in a statement: ‘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.’

    eta- oops posted at the same time as Novice.

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    There were things that they wrote where I almost died laughing. Job well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    There were things that they wrote where I almost died laughing. Job well done
    Maybe he was writing a new show & stopped to read it???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    Maybe he was writing a new show & stopped to read it???
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    My favorite scene from The Young Ones, with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson as the snotty Oxbridge team against Scumbag College in University Challenge.

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    RIP Rik Mayall.

    He was great in his appearances on Black Adder.

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    God, Rik was my favorite in the Young Ones -- and Comic Strip was great as well. Seriously, this sucks hard.
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    Never even heard of this guy or show before....RIP though.

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    That show meant a lot to a little weird girl from the suburbs of Baltimore.

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    No, no, no, no, no. It can't be true.

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