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The Rik Mayall remembered,
This review is from: Bigger than Hitler - Better than Christ (Kindle Edition)
I met Rik Mayall back in 1999 when he was working in the Ealing Studios on what would become Guesthouse Paradiso.
There are many famous people I’ve passed and usually my default reaction is to do a double-take so they know I’ve recognised them and then let them go about their business.
Rik Mayall however was very different and for the first time in my life I summoned the courage to go and ask for an autograph.
The Rik Mayall you meet in this book was the Rik Mayall you met in real life. He was a curious combination of perfectly personable with manic tendencies lurking behind his eyes.
This book darts all over the place and it’s mainly played for laughs. You learn little of Rik Mayall the man and all about Rik Mayall the personality as he jokes with the reader in a way I’ve never come across.
Following his sad passing some of you will think about buying this book in order to learn about Rik’s rich career in comedy and if that’s your angle you’re destined for disappointment.
However there is some truth in this book and you have to look really closely to find it but you do get a glimmer of the man behind the laughs in certain passages particularly where he speaks about the accident he suffered in the 1990s.
The rest of the book is unashamedly the Rik Mayall we have all come to love. Comedians come and go and many of them are called unique but this man, who was prepared to put on tights while armed with a cattle prod in a devil suit, read Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine for the BBC’s Jackanory in a way only he could or adlib as Lord Flash Heart, is a comedy treasure who will long be remembered.
If you want to get a glimmer of the genius – buy this book and find out why millions loved The Rik Mayall.
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2014 14:47:38 BDT
Mr. Dg Dowsett says:
So, So, Sad, but he made me laugh, laugh and laugh, RIP you Legend
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