On Rik Mayall’s Birthday: Why Comic Relief should pay tribute to the rebel that put them on the map!

Published 2015/03/07 by Dr. Dannii Cohen

imagesIHL963Z1Today marks what would be Rik Mayall’s 57th birthday. It’s the first milestone since his tragic early death last year.

Rik was one of my first comic loves. He “raised” me, in a way, and yes I might be more prone to thinking in double entendres as a consequence, but it left me an open minded free spirited person too. His work made a difference for me and many of my generation and for many “young ones” as well. He kicked against those in power and said that you should be who you want to be.
His character in Bottom Richard Richard was a pan-sexual gender queer and no-one was bothered by it. Least of all Rik: he loved to toy with peoples minds and expectations, most of his characters were bi in some shape or rebels.

Rik always wanted to be (More)

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