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1986, Comic Relief, Magazine Articles

What is Sir Clifford Richard Doing With This Lot? – Smash Hits 1986

12-25 March 1986 What Is Sir Clifford Richard Doing With This Lot? "Sir Cliff Richard?" splutters Rik Mayall in complete and utter indignation. "At the very least it should be Sir Cliff! In fact it's almost an insult just to knight him," he froths. "It should be much more than that. Maybe 'Saviour Of The… Continue reading What is Sir Clifford Richard Doing With This Lot? – Smash Hits 1986

Competition

And the next winner is…

Huge thanks to everyone who entered this next competition, I received many amazing entries. It was a very difficult decision, but eventually after a weekend of careful discussion with my panel of expert judges, the stand out winner this time is... Our winner: Holly Orpen Holly wins a signed copy of Chris Shield's book. 'Early… Continue reading And the next winner is…

1984, Magazine Articles

The Young Ones – Smash Hits 1984

25th October - 7th November 1984 The Young Ones Rick, Vyvyan, Mike and Neil have got a book coming out on October 25. It's called Bachelor Boys and it's very funny. It's also, according to Rik Mayall, the last thing they'll ever do. By Mark Ellen. "It's smut and I'm proud of it!" declares Rik… Continue reading The Young Ones – Smash Hits 1984

1984, Magazine Articles

Rik with a Silent P – NME 1984

4th August 1984 As Vyvyan said, it's... RIK WITH A SILENT P Or as Ian Penman said... "he's a bit of a boring bastard" - but which bit? And is Rik Mayall a great enough comic to become a 20th Century legend along with his own hero, Tommy Cooper? Photo Peter Anderson Someone comes up… Continue reading Rik with a Silent P – NME 1984

1983, Magazine Articles

Oh that Rik Mayall – Sunday Times 1983

20th March 1983 Oh that Rik Mayall When he was only six, Rik Mayall had terrible tantrums, showed off and got over-excited. Now he uses all these childhood faults in his angry, manic and "alternative" comedy routines. He reveals almost all to Stephen Pile. Photograph by Snowden. Forget everything you have read about Rik Mayall.… Continue reading Oh that Rik Mayall – Sunday Times 1983

Competition, Other

It’s Competition Time again!

The first competition saw Matthew Zwick from the USA chosen as the lucky winner. You can read Matt's winning entry here: And the winner is... So here's another chance to win a signed copy of Chris Shields book - Early Rik: Thoughts of a Clown, Rik Mayall in the Early Eighties, plus a few other… Continue reading It’s Competition Time again!

2003, Magazine Articles

Believe Nothing – A Dutch interview from 2003

I had a lovely email recently from a fan called Merel in The Netherlands, who came across an interview Rik Mayall gave to a Dutch reporter in 2003. It was published in a magazine by Dutch broadcaster, VPRO. Merel has kindly translated the text for me as good as she could. In Holland VPRO (a… Continue reading Believe Nothing – A Dutch interview from 2003

1984, Magazine Articles

A Trail of Disaster – Radio Times 1984

5th -11th May 1984 Young, gifted and back 'The Young Ones' - Christopher Ryan, Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer - return to BBC2. Inside: on a trail of disaster The Young Ones, Tuesday 9.0 BBC2 Was it fair to send an unarmed writer on the trail of The Young Ones? In retrospect, no.… Continue reading A Trail of Disaster – Radio Times 1984

Competition, Other, Your Stories

And the winner is…

Our winner is: Matthew Zwick from USA Matthew wins a signed copy of Chris Shield's book. 'Early Rik: Thoughts of a Clown - Rik Mayall in the Early Eighties' a Waiting for Godot flyer, The Government Inspector programme, a B&W photo and an original copy of NME from 1981. Thank you to everyone who took… Continue reading And the winner is…

1983, Magazine Articles

Character Assassination – Biltz 1983

CHARACTER ASSASSINATION Rik Mayall is in the uncomfortably double-edged position of being well-known enough to make a living, but too well-known to be credible as his creations Kevin Turvey and Rik the Poet. SIMON GARFIELD spoke to him in Edinburgh during the run of Standup Comedy with Ben Elton and Andy de la Tour. Photographs… Continue reading Character Assassination – Biltz 1983