Ben Elton, Seeing Rik, Your Stories

Rik and Ben in Ibiza 1985 – Update

Rik Ben and Andy in Ibiza Thank You to: Andy Palmer Andy got in touch with me, he had been browsing the website and was extremely thrilled to see the post about Rik and Ben performing in Ibiza. Chris' photos from the original post brought back some very happy summer memories for Andy, as he… Continue reading Rik and Ben in Ibiza 1985 – Update

1991, Waiting For Godot, Working with Rik, Your Stories

Mark Young’s Photo Shoot with Rik Mayall

Meet Mark Young, in 1991 Mark was a young 24 year old HND photography student at the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In November of 1991 Mark had tickets to see Waiting for Godot, before the show he decided to go to the stage door of the Queens theatre in London, where Rik and… Continue reading Mark Young’s Photo Shoot with Rik Mayall

1986, Ben Elton, Letters, Meeting Rik, Seeing Rik, Stand Up, Your Stories

In 1986 Rik Mayall and Ben Elton Toured Australia

April and May of 1986 saw Rik Mayall and Ben Elton tour Australia with their show called 'A Night of Stand Up Comedy'. Their support act booked for this tour was an all girl group called The Jam Tarts, and part of that group was bass player Sophie Gare (which was how Ben met his… Continue reading In 1986 Rik Mayall and Ben Elton Toured Australia

Books, Meeting Rik, Seeing Rik, Your Stories

Early Rik: Thoughts of a Clown. Rik Mayall in the Early Eighties – Book by Chris Shields

Like buses you wait ages and then two come along at once. I'm referring to self published books about Rik Mayall. Mark Searby in early 2020 released his, attempting to cover Rik's whole career. But wait only a short while longer and another one comes along. This time concentrating on Rik's early years. It's these… Continue reading Early Rik: Thoughts of a Clown. Rik Mayall in the Early Eighties – Book by Chris Shields

Bottom Live, Meeting Rik, Seeing Rik, Your Stories

Shaun and Tom take Rik from Behind!

Thank you to: Shaun Gibson We managed to meet Rik once during the Hooligans Island tour in 1997, in Oxford. My best chum Tom and I were there for the show, but decided to make a day of it and made it a pub day, talking all things Bottom and Rik. On the way back… Continue reading Shaun and Tom take Rik from Behind!

Ben Elton, Seeing Rik, Your Stories

Rik, Ben and Chris in Ibiza

Thank You to: Chris Marks It's always very exciting to see pictures of Rik I've never seen before. Especially when they are from the early days of Alternative Comedy and capturing a moment in time, that was only seen by a handful of people. So when Chris got in touch and sent me a few… Continue reading Rik, Ben and Chris in Ibiza

Bottom Live, Rik Mayall Presents, Seeing Rik, Watching Rik

Rik Mayall Presents… & Bottom Live 1993

Back in 1993, I was really looking forward to watching Rik in his new trilogy of comedy dramas, originally titled The Rik Mayall Playhouse, then later renamed Rik Mayall Presents... I was hearing a lot about it and also collected many cuttings. At the same time there was a huge buzz about the new Bottom Live… Continue reading Rik Mayall Presents… & Bottom Live 1993

Seeing Rik, The New Statesman, Your Stories

Carl’s memories of Rik Mayall

Thank you to: Carl Pollington I think Carl has been enjoying reading my memories, it seems to have struck a cord with his own childhood. It would also seem I'm not the only one to make up their own VHS covers for their video tapes too. Thank you Carl for sending in your memories of… Continue reading Carl’s memories of Rik Mayall

Meeting Rik, Waiting For Godot, Your Stories

Rik Mayall – he really knew how to make us fans feel special.

Here's a story that will melt every fangirls heart. It will make all you girlies fall in love with Rik even more than you ever thought possible. Make sure you have a good few minutes spare, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy this memory - it's delightful! Huge thanks to Clare for sending… Continue reading Rik Mayall – he really knew how to make us fans feel special.

Bottom, Bottom Live, Other

Seeing Two Legendary Comedy Double Acts in One Day!

Here is the story of what happened to my friend and I before we arrived at BBC TV Centre for the infamous recording of Bottom...GAS. Friday 5th July 1991 I had a real job to sleep last night, I was too excited for today. I kept waking at all hours, because today was the day… Continue reading Seeing Two Legendary Comedy Double Acts in One Day!