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
8-14 September 1983 Mayall Man Cometh From 'Waiting for Godot' to 'Five Go Mad On Mescalin', Frank Barrett examines the extremely rich tapestry that makes up Kevin Turvey's or Young One Rick's or even Rik Mayall's life. The audience assembled at the BBC's Glasgow studios in August for the recording of 'A Kick up the… Continue reading Mayall Man Cometh – Time Out 1983
September 8-14 1983 The Comic Strip Presents By Martyn Auty At last, a comedy group has its hands on Monty Python's holy grail. They are The Comic Strip and, despite appearances to the contrary, are heavily into clean living, steady relationships and hatchbacks. This autumn the Comic Strip returns to coat your TV screens with… Continue reading The Comic Strip Presents – Time Out 1983
The Face - Number 21 - January 1982 Talking Turvey with Rik Mayall Interview by Steve Taylor Television is such a carefully premeditated medium, all the messy possibilities of risk and danger bleach out beforehand, that it's rare to catch a genuinely nervy moment of contingent live action. One of these infrequent eruptions recently disturbed… Continue reading Talking Turvey – The Face 1982
NME - 7th November 1981 INVESTIGATING TURVEY Rik Mayall's the name and comedy's the game! Paul Rambali interviews TV reporter of the year, Kevin Turvey. Could these two characters be the same man? Physogs by Anton Corbijn. "They laughed at Lenny Bruce too..." DIMBLEBY, Day, Turvey. Repeat it often enough and it becomes a litany.… Continue reading Investigating Turvey – NME 1981
By 1989 I was becoming a real comedy nerd. The Alternative Comedy boom was in full swing, this crowd of young comics were the 'in' crowd and they were everywhere. I was now looking forward to seeing what they would come up with in the 1990's. In 1989, I also saw my first live comedy… Continue reading Didn’t You Kill My Mother-in-Law?