The Wisdom Of Rik Mayall

This week, the comedian and writer Rik Mayall died aged just 56. Here we remember some of his words of wisdom, including probably best single tweet of all time

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"I don't have moments of weakness. I'm Rik Mayall."


"I had a very happy childhood, happy teenage years and I was famous by the time I was 22. A charmed life."


"The reason it's called Bigger Than Hitler is because I made so many more sitcoms than Hitler ever made. It`s just vast. Videos of me have been watched in countries that weren`t invented when he was around. It`s just a fact of who I am."
 

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(Rik's only ever tweet. Followers: 30,400 and counting).

"Other people get moody in their forties and fifties - men get the male menopause. I missed the whole thing. I was just really happy."


"Words on the page don't have the same impact as somebody saying the words to you."


"You perform for a different audience each night. People who don't understand just think that you go out there every night and do the same thing, but you don't - you have to find out who they are and give it to them."

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Finally, the excellent interview with Ben Elton from 2012 sees Rik reminiscing about writing Bottom.