Like the rest of you, we were shocked and saddened by yesterday’s news that Rik Mayall had died at the scarily young age of 56. It’s fair to say that today’s comedy scene would be a different place had it not been for his anarchic characters, outrageously violent slapstick and ground-breaking TV work.
As well as the many anecdotes of Mayall’s hysterically outlandish behaviour floating around the internet, two posthumous stories have particularly tickled us today.
A commemorative homemade blue plaque has been added in Hammersmith Broadway (where Mayall’s series ‘Bottom’ was set) which simple reads: ‘Rik Mayall. 1958-2014. Punched his friend in the balls on a bench near this spot’. Who put it there? We just don’t know. But props to them.
And a campaign has been launched to get the ‘Young Ones’ star’s World Cup anthem flop ‘Noble England’ to number one. The song bombed when it was released for the 2010 tournament, but three fans are hoping it’ll hijack the charts for Brazil 2014.
He may no longer be with us, but there are obviously plenty who have been inspired by Mayall’s chaotic sense of humour. Long may it live on.