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I was really sad to hear of the passing of a true comedy legend Rik Mayall who passed away on June 9th, aged 56.
As part of the 1980's alternative comedy wave that turned British comedy on it's head, he was a shining light and a true star. He and his partners in crime did to the comedy establishment what the Sex Pistols did to music! It was that revolutionary and fierce!
With his characters Kevin Turvey from the series 'A Kick Up the Eighties' and The Dangerous Brothers they started a fire (often literally on stage!) Then came the genre breaking 'The Young Ones', followed by his outrageous turn as the politician Alan B'Astard in 'The New Statesman' and then the comedic violence of 'Bottom' ,his scene stealing role as Lord Flashheart in 'Blackadder'. Not to mention his various hilarious turns in 'The Comic Strip Presents' series. It's one hell of a legacy!
For a whole generation of kids brought up in the Eighties he was a true legend of comedy and will be sorely missed.
Here's a flyer I got signed when I was lucky enough to meet him in Cannes at the film festival in 1997 when he was promoting the film 'Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis'. He was a true gent and took the time to have a quick chat a photo and sign this for me, And yes it does read 'For Sexy Mick Death F**k- Rik Mayall' - Ha!