1. Mayall gained a formidable reputation at The Comedy Store, a comedy club in London, in the 1980s.
His popularity led to a regular slot for one of his characters, Kevin Turvey, on A Kick Up the Eighties, a BBC sketch show first broadcast in 1981.
He played the pompous wannabe anarchist Rick…
…who was a big fan of Cliff Richard.
3. He had also formed a long-term comedic partnership with Adrian Edmonson. Here they are on Saturday Live in December 1985.
A descendant of this character, Squadron Commander Flashheart, was in the Blackadder Goes Forth episode “Private Plane”.
5. Mayall played fictional Conservative MP Alan Beresford B’Stard in the sitcom The New Statesman, written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, which aired in 1987.
6. In 1991, he appeared with Edmondson in the West End production of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the Queen’s Theatre.
It inspired them to come up with Bottom, which they said was a cruder cousin to the play.
9. And his Twitter account only had one tweet but was, needless to say, marvellous.
Here’s a quiz: Which Rik Mayall character said it?
- A conservation group in Zimbabwe reported that Jericho, the brother of beloved lion Cecil, was shot and killed by a hunter. But some scientists monitoring the pride believe he is OK.
- Joe Biden has begun to "actively explore a possible presidential campaign," the New York Times reports.
- The trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland was disciplined for "unprofessional conduct" in the fall of 2014, records show.