Rik Myall Is The Comedic That Doesn't Get Put In The "One Of The Greatest" Conversation Enough

Submitted by: buttersrules 5 months ago in Entertainment

Known mainly for "The Young Ones" and "Drop Dead Fred" outside of the UK, comedian Rik Mayall was a comic genius that reinvented, or, at least, redirected comedy, in a "new-wave" fashion. Sadly gone from this world, his legacy lives on. This documentary does well at giving the casual fan a broad scope of the highlights of his career.

A review from RaspberryLucozade:

On 9th June 2014, a tragic thing happened, the legend that was Rik Mayall dropped dead of a heart attack, aged only 56. It is not very often that the death of a celebrity hits me so hard but Rik's death was quite a blow. Along with Gregor Fisher, he was a childhood idol who to this day I still hold in high regard as both an actor and comedian.

Narrated by Simon Callow, 'Rik Mayall - Lord Of Misrule' was a celebration of the comic's career showing highlights from his most memorable work such as 'The Young Ones', 'The New Statesman', 'Bottom', 'Jonathan Creek', 'Man Down', 'The Comic Strip Presents..' and 'Drop Dead Fred' as well as some seldom seen clips from his earliest stand-up routines, whether they were as one half of 'The Dangerous Brothers' or as his alter ego, the harebrained investigative Brummie reporter Kevin Turvey. Strangely not mentioned were his 1989 children's comedy show 'Grim Tales', his ITV series 'Rik Mayall Presents' and his 2002 sitcom 'Believe Nothing', scripted by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran, who had earlier written for him 'The New Statesman'. As the documentary came to a close, Simon Callow concluded by slowly and thoughtfully reciting the lyrics from the opening theme to 'The Young Ones'. As Callow finished off with - ''there's a song to be sung, because we may not be the young ones very long!'', I found myself close to tears. With his iconic comic status still reaching new audiences, up in that great studio set in the sky, one Richard Michael Mayall must be looking down, smiling and saying to himself: ''Quite bloody right too!''

There are 9 comments:
Female 465
Thanks so much for posting that. I never laughed so hard as when I watched The Young Ones.
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Male 3,310
J/K I only know him from the young ones. Where he was absolutely fabulous!
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Female 7,867
One of my favourite names Bob...
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Female 7,867
Oh come ON- the guy managed plenty of variety- Alan Bstard was oddly very fanciable, as he managed in Blackadder- in Bottom and the Young Ones he wasn't. He had great timing, and I was gutted when he died...
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Male 1,014
As much as I loved Rik and Ritchie, Alan B'stard was probably one of my favourites. Such a complete.....B'stard!. But Flash in BA4, to me is the best......WOOF!!
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Meh. He played the same character in everything he was in: "Rik Mayall". He had the acting depth of a sheet of cardboard. Yes, his one character was amusing, but it was also tired.
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Male 1,014
You obviously aren't that familiar with the full scope of his work. Several of his characters were indeed very similar. But that was only one aspect of his work...the rest you've probably never seen, or even heard of.
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Female 302
No you didn't.
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Male 3,310
I loved him in Mr Bean
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