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Crowd gathers to pay tribute to comedian at "Bottom Island". BBC Report on the Unveiling. Online petition at Change.
By Jennifer Smith for MailOnline. Rik Mayall's children gathered today for the unveiling of a bench in their actor father's name similar to the one he sat on while starring in the hit sitcom Bottom. Mr Mayall, who died in June, co-wrote and starred in the programme among other hit comedies between and
Tim Glanfield pays tribute to a comedian whose anarchic silliness gave him the strength to get through his parents splitting up in the early nineties. By Tim Glanfield. Twenty years ago, a year-old Rik Mayall was writing the third series of Bottom.
The show is noted for its chaotic, nihilistic humour and violent comedy slapstick. Bottom also spawned five stage-show tours between andand a feature film, Guest House Paradiso Plans for a spin-off series titled Hooligan's Island featuring various Bottom characters were cancelled in
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The show was the creation of comedy-duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. Unlike previous productions featuring the two, Bottom did not have any input from Ben Elton, who had co-created and written The Young Ones and Filthy, Rich and Catflap. Eighteen episodes were filmed between and over three series and aired on BBC2, with five live shows filmed between and
Lloyd Peters does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. The untimely death of me old mucker Rik Mayall last week has prompted a plethora of obituaries in the press and on television and radio. As the youngest of the intake — Rik was only 56 years old when he died — his passing not only uncomfortably reminds us all of our own mortality but has invoked the glorious memories of an age of creative experiment and glorious mayhem. What united us from the off was our love of the absurd, the irreverent and the cheap burgers from the so-called Armpit — the nearby Canadian Charcoal Pit take-away.
Fans try to push past breeze-block bouncers to a stall doing a roaring trade in tour merchandise. The speakers fall silent, the lights dim and the stars enter to a wall of whoops and wolf whistles - which heighten when one strips down to his underwear. The genteel Portsmouth Guildhall - all neo-classical colonnades and stone lions - has probably seen nothing like it since Mayall and Edmondson were last here.