Let me take you back to 1987. I was 12 years old, about to start secondary school and was getting really into many TV comedy shows. June that year saw the U.K Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher win her third landslide victory for the Conservative Party and was still our Prime Minister!! But earlier in February… Continue reading Hardwicke House
Thank you to: Magenta from Australia Once in every lifetime comes a hero like this... a pan-global phenomenon.... an actor.... a comedian... an inspirational man with a smile who can light up a room. It was 2002 in Australia and ABC had a television program running. A show called Believe Nothing. A comedy with intelligence… Continue reading Rik Mayall… People’s Poet… by Magenta
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
When I first launched this website, back in February 2019, Jup from Smashing Blouse Productions was probably one of the first to visit the site. Being a blogger and fan of Alternative Comedy himself, he made contact. I was very pleased he did, as he really helped me to launch the site and learn a… Continue reading Smashing Blouse Productions
The wonders of the internet have certainly allowed more people than ever before to find and discover things they just wouldn't have had easy access to only a couple of decades ago. Here's a lovely story from Pilvi, who lives in Finland and got hooked on The Young Ones as a teenager when it was… Continue reading The Young Ones in Finland
Deian has been following the People's Poet for probably as long as I have. Rik's humour has evidently been a strong and ongoing influence on him over the years too. So much so, he was even one of the many people to visit the site of The Young Ones house in Bristol, shortly after Rik's… Continue reading Deian – Following the People’s Poet!
In the mid 1990's I moved into a student house. It was a large shared house, with bay windows and a central front door, it had enough bedrooms for six eclectic spotty students. It had a very small communal living area, complete with furniture we had rescued from a tidy bin. There was always dirty… Continue reading Visiting The Young Ones House
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
I must say I was very intrigued when I first heard that Rik Mayall was going off to America to make a film. First of all I though, great, I get to see him on the big screen! Then I thought, god, I hope it will be good! It also hadn't really dawned on me… Continue reading Drop Dead Fred at the Cinema
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!