Top Five: Rik Mayall Moments
What a sad, sad day. We wave farewell to one of the most bonkers and brilliant actors of our time, the incomparable Rik Mayall. Shouty and sweary, blustery and often a bit swoony Mr Mayall made me chuckle and giggle in the naughtiest way as I grew up. So here’s my top five favourite moments of his.
1. Bottom (1991)
Mayall and Edmonson as the terrible twosome Eddie and Ritchie, spending their days shouting and beating each other up in the grubbiest flat in Hammersmith made for unbelievable viewing when I was little. I just thought it was the most hysterically outrageous thing I’d ever seen. If you haven’t read it yet, Edmondson’s words of his pal are pretty wobbly-lip enducing:
‘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.”
Here’s the bit when the gas man comes round.
2. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
The mega-bitch, dog poo, cobwebs, snot flicking, boat crashes, carpet cleaning, Mickey Fart-Pants, mud pies, cornflakes disease, jack in the boxes. I tell you what, it takes more than a firetruck to stop Drop Dead Fred.
3. George’s Marvellous Medicine (1986)
This is the episode that scored the most complaints to the BBC ever, our Rik reading one of the delightfully scampish tales by dear old Dahl himself. A gifted storyteller above all his other talents, it’s just utterly delicious to watch.
4. Lord Flashheart (1986-1989)
“I’VE GOT A PLAN AND IT’S AS HOT…AS MY PANTS!” What woman could ever resist the swaggery, barking Lord Flash as he crops up to antagonise Edmund B through the ages? This is probably my favourite bit, as his moustache is falling off and the set nearly falls down, yet he brays on totally undeterred. Altogether now….WOOF!
5. Grim Tales (1989-1991)
From his armchair complete with moving paws and ostrich legs and clad only in a dressing down with wild tangled hair, Rik Mayall showed off more of his storytelling prowess with his rollercoaster retelling of the best of the Brothers Grimm. Featuring a catalogue of voice bigger than the Spring Ikea guide and some of the wackiest animation this side of Terry Gilliam these are so worth a watch. We had the whole series taped off Channel 4 and we watched and re-watched until the tape wore out. Here’s the one about The Griffin.
Farewell Rik, you mad old brush. Thanks for the naughty, guilty giggles, the rude words, the stomping and shouting. Oh how you shall be missed. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx