To many of us here in the UK he was a stalwart of the very best television comedy. His partnership with Ade Edmonson spawned numerous nasty and subversive offspring and playgrounds rang to the lewd quoting of Bottom, The Young Ones, The New Statesman and so on. His Alan B’Stard is still a fierce political animal with an endless stream of politicians unable to avoid his leering shadow. Likewise he and his fellow Comic Strippers changed the landscape of comedy, and the endless stream of YouTube clips now being shared are testament to the variety and the endurance of his talent.
He elevated everything he was in, including the world of social media. His first, and only tweet was typically brilliant.
Opening my very own Twitter to stop another bastard from doing it. So fuck off & don’t expect to hear from me any time soon. Love Rik x
— Rik Mayall (@rikmayall) April 13, 2010
The world is far, far less funny today. He will be missed.