As you might have heard, the sudden death of British comedian and icon Rik Mayall shocked the world and left us a feeling sad and a little empty inside.
The 56 year old was reported to have died from a seizure at his London home, but he left the world with us to remember him as the king of subversive comedy, inspiring many of us to go out of our normal comfort zone and freak our parents out with wacky ideals that Mayall himself had set out to create along with his other collaborators made their on-screen Oxbridge predecessors known as the the Monty Python generation.
For those who aren’t too familiar with his work and want to start learning, or those who want to go back and remember your favourite things Mayall has done, read on down below.
DROP DEAD FRED
Something we could remember from our childhood, Rik Mayall played the titular character of “Drop Dead Fred”, an obnoxious, rude but warm hearted imaginary friend of a young woman. Even though all we could have probably remembered was how disturbing some of the scenes were, like the scene shown above, watching the movie again now would also make us remember how well he could portray his usual funny business with some serious heart wrenching acting skills at the end.
Along with fellow British greats like Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson, one of Mayall’s appearances on the popular comedy “Blackadder” was a hilarious grand entrance of Lord Flashheart, a character with a lopsided mustache and the swagger of an English casanova. He also appeared in “Blackadder” again two seasons later in a World War I based skit.
THE NEW STATESMAN
In one of his newest projects, Rik Mayall plays the role of Alan B’stard in a satirical comedy show “The New Statesman”, poking fun at the inauthencity of the British government. The clip shows him promising things like ‘free electricity’ and ‘no more tuition fees, of course’ and later dismissing his promises and talks about planning to blame the other party.
THE YOUNG ONES
Rik Mayall also starred and leapt up to fame with one of the most classic British comedies “The Young Ones”. The show was over-the-top anarchic, filled with cartoon violence, fart jokes and Mayall’s character was a perfect caricature of every student with a fragile ego and a short fuse. This show was one of the results during a time when a wave of alternative comedians made it their business to puncture the hypocrisy of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. Mayall made it his business to puncture their pomposity in this portrayal.