Rik Mayall

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Rik securing his book signing at Waterstones.


For those without comedic tastes, the so-called experts at Wikipedia have an article about Rik Mayall.

“I can't go to prison! I'm too pretty! I'll get raped!”

~ Rik Mayall on Not paying the TV License

“May I say what a charming blouse that is you have on!”

~ Rik Mayall on Chat-Up Lines

“Look, stop turning everything dirty will you! I am trying to fuck the Queen!”

~ Rik Mayall on Meeting The Queen

“You just sit down there and drink your tea! Before I have to force it down your throat! ”

~ Rik Mayall on Beverage offerings

The Rik Mayall, Comedy giant in the world of light entertainment was born, by his own admission, like 'a tripod'. He considers his fans to be 'his ordinarys' to whom he may, if he's feeling generous, give free autographs to in order to brighten up their otherwise hopeless lives.


Rik has been in a number of classic televisual feasts during his many years of being known throughout the world. There's The Young Ones, Bottom and that other one with Nigel Planer that not many people have actually seen. Rik is usually seen in shows and performances with his partner Ade Edmondson, whom he regularly fantasises about in his book Rik Mayall: Bigger Than Chegwin, Better Than Piles. Despite living an action-packed life of adventure, sordid masturbation and nob gags he now lives a much quieter life in the country on his farm where he regularly loses arguments with Quad Bikes.

Early Life[edit]

The Rik Mayall was born on Augustus the 37th, When he was born he delighted the nurses with an impromptu stand up routine where he read out some abysmal poetry he had written whilst inside the womb. Shortly after the nurses had tried to stuff him back in he decided that such a routine will undoubtedly get the fanny and thus a TV legend was born!

Rik's first paying gig was when he was 7 months old when he performed down at 'Madame Burlesque's House of Tittery'. He read out a poem about clouds and sausages before being booed and pelted with cabbages and used condoms. Undeterred, he decided that if he was going to break out of this shit cycle, he was going to need a partner to blame for each subsequant failure. He placed an advert in the local tabloid and, 20 years later, he received a reply.

The Dangerous Brothers[edit]

Rik created the Dangerous Brothers with new comedy partner (and nothing else, matey!) Ade Edmondson, 'dangerous' because they regularly ended up nearly killing themselves on stage in each performance. Rik always denied that Adrian was the influence for this violent act, calling him a "lovely guy" and "not my sexual partner, fuckhole!", but was forced to eventually reconsider after he discovered that Ade had kidnapped his family and drowned the family dog.

During one famous episode things got to such a point that Rik tied Ade to a chair and cut off his ear with a razor. He then, in a continual camera shot, went out to his car, got the spare can of petrol, came back and... no, hang on. Wrong movie.

The Dangerous Brothers started their double-act at the now demolished 'Club De Bollox' in London. They claim to have nothing to do with its destruction. Their act usually began with a light-hearted knock-knock joke that always went wrong, followed by a short sketch, usually containing a multitude of nob gags and fart jokes before, in the second part, a friendly beating took place in which Rik was nearly killed by Ade.

Soon their act was discovered by annoying loud-mouth and cunt, Alexi Sayle who decided that a little old-fashioned violence and near-death was exactly what Channel 4 needed. So, he signed them up to a 1,000 show minimum contract and regular oral servicing at his request. Ade responded by killing Alexi's wife and shitting in their goldfish bowl. Rik merely signed the contract.

Rik securing his part in Cell Mates.

The Dangerous Brothers lasted for 3 shows before the Channel 4 studio was burnt to the ground. Ade, who smelt of petrol and matches, denied all involvement and then blamed Rik, kicking him in the bollocks and shouting "Hah, girlie!" really loudly.

Theatre Work[edit]

Despite what he says, Rik Mayall has only ever appeared in one serious theatrical show. In 1995, after he, shall we say, 'persuaded' Stephen Fry to give him a starring role. Stephen, after he had cleaned up, agreed and the show went into production. Unfortunately, Stephen did not know what he had let on. Brought up on a life of reading dictionaries, drinking Earl Grey tea and denying his homosexuality he was totally unprepared for the uncouthness mastery that Rik brought to the backstage.

Finally, after Rik rolled off 1,537 nob gags and 477 fart jokes in succession in just 3 days (a world record), followed by numerous shouts to the audience to "Just fuck off home!" throughout all of Stephen's jokes, Stephen fled fearing that his Englishness may be in danger. Ironically, he fled to Belgium.

Rik, understandably annoyed, got on the phone to Ade and told him the problem. After he rang again (after Ade told him to "Fuck off!" and hung up), he promised his arse to him if he could help. Ade, after drinking the blood of orphened puppies, agreed. Stephen was eventually found 5 days later suffering from a nervous breakdown (caused by Rik), broken fingers (caused by Ade) and a sore arse (caused by himself). Stephen eventually returned to Britain in 2001 just as QI was about to start. Rik has never appeared on the show.

Television and Film Work[edit]

Rik securing his role in the film Gest House Paradiso.

The following is a list of all the shows that Rik Mayall has been in...

  • The Dangerous Brothers
  • Kevin Turkey
  • The Young Ones
  • The Nude Statesman
  • The Filthy Fuckers and Catflap
  • The Bottom Adventures
  • Believe Nothing (You Read in the Papers About Me)
  • The Comic Strips
  • All About The House with George
  • The BBC News for Speeding and Waving Replica Firearms About in Public
  • The Nearly-Obituary Hour

The most famous of these shows is The Bottom Adventures where Rik and Ade, who play characters Prickhard Richard and Eddie Shitler travel to various dogging sites so that Eddie can record Richie taking it up the arse by many different strangers, the resulting footage then being used as blackmail material for Eddie to get whatever he wants.

Rik has also starred in the film Gest House Paradiso. In the film he and Ade play butlers to David Gest as David goes through a standard day of sex, buying stupid sunglasses and making shit up about himself. It was a flop causing Ade to eat 17 kittens and dig up the Queen Mum's grave.

Book Work[edit]

Rik securing his book deal with Harper Collins.

To date Rik has written just two books, and even one of them he needed help with. The first, published in the 80's was The Young One's Standard Cash-In Attempt and sold a groundbreaking 17 copies! His second book, The Rik Mayall - Bigger Than Chegwin, Better Than Piles broke all known literary records by selling just two copies. Harper Collins, on the brink of cancelling printing, was... shall we say, 'persuaded' by Mayall to keep production going. Currently there are 999,998 unsold copies of the book lying about in an un-named warehouse. Harper Collins secretly wish for a fire so that they can claim the insurance back on them. Ade has been in touch.

The book does not conform with any of the standards that you see in current literary works. There is no punctuation, no capital letters, it is written entirely in crayon and has 15,773 uses of the word 'cunt' within its text (a world record).

The following are a couple of excerpts from this truly incredible work...

Rik also talks about meeting Ade for the first time...

And, as you'd expect, plenty of jokes!

Later Years[edit]

These days Rik is much more mellow. Settling in a nice farmhouse in Devon, he has almost managed to kick his knob-gag addition, bringing himself down to just 27 a day. In his spare time he enjoys eating toast, farting and falling from Quad Bikes. He brushed aside his recent near-death saying that he had no idea what went wrong, and that Ade walking away just before with brakeline cutters was completely unrelated.

Today Rik only has two children currently being held captive by Ade and is still making the monthly cheques out to ensure that Ade doesn't come and kidnap the rest of them. In return Ade keeps a lively correspondance by post, regularly including items such as children's fingernails, ears and hair to keep Rik on his toes.

Rik, If You're Reading This...[edit]

Love your work!