I think I have become even more preposterous in my facial stage contortions and manioc delivery since Rik Mayall died. Did his death and all the thoughts that led to, the reminder that many people’s first experience of his performance derailed all other prospective career routes apart from comedy, reinvigorate the ludicrous in me? (not that I wasn’t ludicrous before, both as a performer and a human). He is a reminder of total bloody commitment to whatever or wherever you are performing.
On 26th October, at the Berkhamsted Rex, we’re putting on a night in memory of Rik Mayall, with profits going to headway, a charity that deals with brain injuries. I will be quizzing Alexei Sayle about alternative comedy, and the influence of Rik Mayall, as well as showing the alcoholic grotesquerie of Mr Jolly Lives Next door (the very act of typing that has released adrenaline of joy).
I am also putting together a compendium of clips. This is not a blog post, but a quiz.
What are your favourite moments of Rik Mayall?
Kevin Turvey – I have a soft spot for the one where Kevin investigates alcohol (I think that was what it was called) and wakes up in the park and believes that stranger has been sick on his sleeping face, but then there is him investigating sex too. What about you?
The Young Ones – bloody hell, bloody hell, what too choose – the people’s poet and the overdose of laxative pills, “Pollution, all round”, the yellow dungarees of Interesting, Neil testing him on the train to University Challenge, this isn’t going to be easy…what would you suggest?
Obviously a bit of George’s Marvellous Medicine…
Two great charity benefit performances come to mind – Do You Love Me! from Comic Relief Utterly Live and 20th Century Coyote at Fundamental Frolics, but I am sure you will tell me I have forgotten something magnificent.
It has been a long time since I watched The New Statesman, I am relying on you here.
The Comic Strip Presents… another tricky one. Colin the banker walking in dog shot from More Bad News is a cert, “Ow, I’m disabled” and more from Dirty Movie, the road rage meets Spandau Ballet from Four Men in a Car…
7. Bottom, always keen on the two of them up a Ferris wheel…
So, that is just for starters. There is no way I will be able to fit everything in. a snippet of Mickey Love, a little of Drop Dead Fred, do I not bother with Blackadder as it so familiar or would there be an outcry if there is no Flashheart, what about The Dangerous Brothers “How to get off with a lady”?
I thank you all for your help, anyway, it is a great alibi for spending the rest of the day watching Rik clips.