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    • June 10, 2014 1:20 AM CDT
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      British comic genius , Rik Mayall , died , at home . Cause of death is yet unknown. He was only 56. Mayall is best known for co - creating "The Young Ones" , one of THEE funniest post - Python UK comedies. Besides the brutal nature of the show's humor ( They had difficulty getting teh show on Television because THERE WERE "NO LIKEABLE CHARACTERS" , the very thing that made the show such a hit. ).The least likeable character was arguably Mayall's hilarious "Rik , The People's poet" , which he debuted in his standup act , before the TV show was  concieved. 

      He espoused Anarcho/Socialist politics ,while practically worshipping Cliff Richard. Though the program featured everyone from Motorhead , The Damned , 9 Below Zero to John Otway , Madness (Twice.) , and others , Richard never made an appearance , though he did record a 12" charity record with the "Young Ones" cast. Mayall continued to work sporadically with former cast members of "tHE yOUNG oNES" , particularly Ade Edmonton. Mayall went on to appear in the excellent , long - running " The Comic Strip Presents " , each episode an hour - long comic film. The best episode(s) , arguably , was "Bad News on Tour" and "More Bad News", concerning an inept (And I say that lovingly.) New Wave of British Heavy Metal band that somehow gets a chance at the big time. Mayall was reunited with Edmonton and Nigel Planer in this , other episodes , and other programs. I'm sorry , "BAD NEWS"is , in my humble opinion , much funnier than "Spinal Tap" , with better songs (Because they lack The Taps's slickness.). If anyone disagrees , that's cool , but don't get all You Tube on my ass , thanks.  

      Later , Mayall and Edmonton starred together in " Bottom" about two "Swinging Bachelors" who can't get laid to save their lives. Moderately dark humor , and laughable ultra - violence made it the show you loved or hated. I loveit, but , I would not hold it up against "The Young Ones". Mayall also starred opposite Phoebe Cates  in "Drop Dead Fred " , and even in a failed attempt to revive the insanely popular "Carry On " series , all the while performing live comedy , often with Edmonton.

      Damn , that man was funny !

    • June 10, 2014 4:17 PM CDT
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      This sucks big time.

    • June 11, 2014 8:30 PM CDT
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      Thanks for sharing that, I loved The Young Ones.  Cheers

    • June 12, 2014 9:14 PM CDT
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      HEY , CHEERS TO BOTH OF YOU , TOO. They probably did'nt think "The Young Ones" would go down well in America , and it was accepted like the much - needed breath of fresh air that it was.

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      I cited an episode of The Young Ones in one of my first paid commissions, an essay on British and Australian stereotypes in humour.
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      Chris ,That's great. My mom got her last longstanding job because she was able to quote Cheech and Chong at will.

      It's possible they did'nt think "The Young Ones " would go over in America. Of course , whoever "They " is , were wrong....But , it initially only ran for about a year , on MTV , around '85 - '86. It turned up , sporadically , in reruns , but, never seemed to play in rotation. We also got "The Comic Strip Presents" , very briefly.  

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