Rik Mayall dead at 56

Sad news comes today from the manager of British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, announcing the death of the funnyman at 56.

A generation of Americans grew up watching his madcap performances on such shows as The Young Ones and The Comic Strip. Like a lot of English comedians (including Steve Coogan), Mayall's career never quite got proper traction in the United States, his big-screen film, 1991's Drop Dead Fred, has only a 9 percent fresh rating on rottentomatoes.com.

Mayall, however, will always live on as Rik, the manic, pretentious, lefty poseur character he played in The Young Ones. As the old adage goes, "Leave them laughing."

 

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Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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