One of my comedy heroes died this week at the tender age of 56.
I still can’t quite believe it.
I grew up with Rik Mayall’s comedy, from the day I first saw him playing Kevin Turvey in A Kick Up The 80’s to his most recent comedy role in Man Down.I’ve also seen him live three times, once with his own extremely manic show in the 1980’s and twice in the stage version of his show Bottom, with Ade Edmondson.
Here are some of my favourite Rik Mayall roles:
First, Kevin Turvey the investigator:
Next, Rick, the People’s Poet, in The Young Ones.
One of my favourite characters was Alan B’Stard, the evil Conservative MP.
And who can forget Richard Richard from Bottom?
And, of course, there is Lord Flashheart:
Most recently he played Greg Davies’s manic dad in Man Down, a role he was due to reprise in the second series:
For the last World Cup, Rik Mayall released a single called Noble England as an unofficial anthem for England. There is a campaign to get this single to number one for the current World Cup. Here it is:
If the campaign succeeds it would be a fitting tribute.
Rest in peace, Rik. You have made me laugh for most of my life.
I will miss you.