Catford's Ben Elton pays tribute to Rik Mayall

Catford's Ben Elton pays tribute to Rik Mayall

Catford's Ben Elton pays tribute to Rik Mayall

Catford's Ben Elton pays tribute to Rik Mayall

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Catford’s Ben Elton has paid tribute to his good friend and comedy collaborator Rik Mayall.

Mayall, 56, died yesterday at his home in Barnes. It is not yet known what caused his unexpected death, though it is not thought to be suspicious.

The madcap comic was a leader in the alternative comedy movement and shot to fame as the poetry writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones before going on to star in well-loved shows such as Bottom, Blackadder and the New Statesman.

Ben Elton, who was born in Catford, met Mayall at university and went on to write The Young Ones with him.

In a statement, he said: “I owe him so much, he changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he's just made me cry.”

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6:16pm Tue 10 Jun 14

fatboy2000 says...

such a shame to hear of legend rik's sad passing.
you made the 80s & 90s so much fun & gave me many side splitting laughs.
A clever man & a sad loss, R.I.P Rik
such a shame to hear of legend rik's sad passing. you made the 80s & 90s so much fun & gave me many side splitting laughs. A clever man & a sad loss, R.I.P Rik fatboy2000
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8:17am Wed 11 Jun 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

This is one for the "desperate to make national news local" archives
RIP Rik.
This is one for the "desperate to make national news local" archives RIP Rik. PoppyGreenLeaf
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1:19pm Wed 11 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Good night and RIP Rik. A very wickedly funny and talented comedian. We are so going to miss you. There aren't many comedians with talent such as yours. You will be missed.
Good night and RIP Rik. A very wickedly funny and talented comedian. We are so going to miss you. There aren't many comedians with talent such as yours. You will be missed. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 8

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