And while the ground-breaking 80s alternative comedy opus The Young Ones and his turn as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder seemed to be the most quoted on social media, it felt like Bottomthe grisly, profane flatshare comedy Mayall and long time collaborator Ade Edmondson made in the early 90s, was left out of the conversation. Which is a shame, because it might just be their masterpiece. The Young Ones was capital-I Important, not only in terms of breaking alternative comedy into the mainstream, but also as being as much a time capsule of the Anti-Thatcher zeitgeist as The Smiths or Adrian Mole.
Equally revolting, vicious and arrogant, they spend their lives avoiding work and instead living in filth, devising hair-brained moneymaking schemes and deluded plans to snare beautiful women. They also share a penchant for ultra-violence: weekly kicking seven shades out of each other with anything from household implements to heavy industrial machinery. It all adds up to an intentionally juvenile sitcom, written and performed with gleeful, unashamed bad taste.
To read the latest updates on his sudden death follow our live blog. And Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson have been best friends since meeting at university 38 years ago. But the pair, who became household names in anarchic sitcom The Young Ones, have had a falling out.
The show is noted for its chaotic, nihilistic humour and violent comedy slapstick. Bottom also spawned five stage-show tours between andand a feature film, Guest House Paradiso Plans for a spin-off series titled Hooligan's Island featuring various Bottom characters were cancelled in Eddie and Richie are two pathetic, misogynistic, slobby flatmates living in a filthy, damp flat at 11 Mafeking Parade in HammersmithLondon.
By George Storr. Created by Adrian Edmondson and the late, great Rik MayallBottom is a 90s sitcom about two crude and chaotic flatmates living in Hammersmith, West London. Comedy pioneer Mayall started his partnership with Edmondson during their time at Manchester University.
F arts and frying pans. Those are two of the things people tend to think of when you mention Bottomthe flatshare sitcom created by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. Taken off the air 20 years ago, the show garnered an unfair reputation for being pleb TV: even the titles featured Edmondson taking one in the knackers on a park bench.
If you agree with that, then you are truly one of us and also perhaps a fan of the much-praised comedy series from two of the stars of the show, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson that aired on BBC2 starting inBottom. The premise of the show is sort of like a sleazier, down-low version of The Odd Couple television series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. Both Edmondson and Mayall are confirmed bachelors who shack up with each other out of desperation and commit equally desperate acts of violence and trickery that often center around trying to get laid.
And many have not forgiven Ade for knocking it on the head or bashing it over the skull with a television set. I do a lot of different things now and we did what we did for about 30 years. I just wanted to have a different life, I wanted to do different stuff. We were in the airport departure lounge together.
He also spoke about the loss he felt on realising that the Bottom bench had been removed. Punched his friend in the balls on a bench near this spot. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.