Rik Mayall is Dead

by Harry on June 9, 2014

Telegraph obit here. Kevin Turvey was the first I ever heard of him, and still my favourite. A kind of punk rock Ronnie Corbett.



Shatterface 06.10.14 at 12:48 am

How can Rik be dead when we still have his poems?


Saurs 06.10.14 at 2:18 am

The People’s Poet has snuffed it, well and truly.

Extremely sad. I hope you’re satisfied, Thatcher.


Sancho 06.10.14 at 2:28 am

Right! Let’s break out the best booze and talk about Rik til the car comes.


Darius Jedburg 06.10.14 at 7:24 am

And punks and skins and Rastas will all gather round and hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader…


Peter Hovde 06.10.14 at 1:39 pm

It took me a full day to realize that I knew him as Alan B’Stard.


Barry Freed 06.10.14 at 2:35 pm

It took me a full day to realize that I knew him as Alan B’Stard.

And me to realize he was also Lord Flashheart.


Shatterface 06.10.14 at 5:12 pm

He’s in An American Werewolf in London (briefly).


Tony Lynch 06.10.14 at 11:28 pm

“A kind of punk rock Ronnie Corbett” seems right, but I (and I’m sure RM, too, though here we have to imagine) would love to hear this elaborated.


The Temporary Name 06.11.14 at 1:54 am

I don’t know if I buy that, because Corbett knew what you might find funny, whereas the characters that Mayall played did not understand why people might be laughing.


Tony Lynch 06.11.14 at 4:51 am

I see what you mean. A last ditch. RC is merely more affable than RM/KT, and so laugns when they – the audience – laugh. The punk thing is the lack of that affability.


harry b 06.11.14 at 10:08 pm

That’s what I was thinking – RC knows and loves his audience, whereas KT is oblivious in some way to his. Yet makes the same sorts of absurd twists and turns, sometimes referencing the BBC. Though RC does usually finish the story he starts. These monologues of RC’s, by the way, are great evidence that the only reason people thought of him as diminutive was that he paired himself with a complete giant. If you see what I mean.

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