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Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule (2014)

A documentary tribute to comedian Rik Mayall, and his four-decade body of work.


Andy Humphries


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Narrator
Rik Mayall ... Himself (archive footage)
Ben Elton Ben Elton ... Himself - Co-writer The Young Ones
Greg Davies ... Himself
Simon Pegg ... Himself
Rowland Rivron Rowland Rivron ... Himself
Alexei Sayle ... Himself
Ruby Wax ... Herself
Lise Mayer Lise Mayer ... Herself - Co-writer The Young Ones
Lloyd Peters Lloyd Peters ... Himself - 20th Century Coyote
Andy de la Tour ... Himself - Comedian
Michael Palin ... Himself
Lenny Henry ... Himself
Pauline Melville Pauline Melville ... Herself - Vyvyan's Mum in The Younbg Ones
Tim McInnerny ... Himself - 'Captain Darling' 'Lord Percy' Blackadder


A documentary tribute to comedian Rik Mayall, and his four-decade body of work.

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Predictable Trot Through the Life of the Comedy Actor
11 January 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

With portentous narration by Simon Callow, RICK MAYALL - LORD OF MISRULE tells a familiar tale of the life of the comedian and star of such groundbreaking series as THE YOUNG ONES, THE NEW STATESMAN and BOTTOM. With the help of friends and colleagues such as Ben Elton, Ruby Wax and others (but interestingly not Ade Edmondson - Mayall's longtime partner) we learn about Mayall's supreme self- confidence on stage, as well as his belief in himself. Even while a student at Manchester University, he was convinced that he was going to be a great comedy star. At the same time - perhaps conventionally - we learn that he was a warmhearted person offstage, free of the kind of neuroses that plagued the lives of other great comics of the past.

The program includes clips of all Mayall's famous television series, as well as fascinating examples of his early work as a stand-up comedian. He possessed a unique capacity to make people laugh, even when he wasn't actually saying anything funny. But there is a lingering sense that director Andy Humphries hasn't got too much to say in this program (the ubiquitous Michael Palin turns up to offer his thoughts, even though he has little or nothing to do with the development of Mayall's professional career). Perhaps a half-hour format might have been better suited to the material.

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