Rik Mayall’s untimely death has brought to light some of the late, great actor/comedian’s small acts of comedy kindness.
When a fan emailed him for an autograph in 2008, Mayall sent this hilariously rude reply:
Here you are you cheapskate money-grabbing Welsh c*nt — where’s the f*cking envelope you deformity??
Here you are Daniel, thank you so much for writing. I hope you like the picture.
Best wishes my dear friend.
It would appear Mr. Mayall liked to spread a little good will and happiness whenever he could, as he did in this response to a fan who asked for a signed birthday card for her father:
John, the whole world knows you have always been a complete and utter, utter, utter twat, but now you are an old complete and utter, utter, utter incontinent, deaf, blind, doddering, dribbling, toothless, brainless, insane old twat.
So I just thought, as we are both dangerous old bastards, that I’d wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! you sad senile old git.
With love and violence,
The card was sealed, so no one knew what Mayall had written, but it had the desired effect when it was opened, as the recipient’s daughter wrote on her Facebook page:
“The look on dad’s face (well ALL of our faces) was priceless.
“I’m opening up the privacy on this so if you want to share it as an example of what a lovely guy rik was, feel free to do so. Xx”
Who wouldn’t be tickled to receive that on their birthday? Here’s Rik Mayall performing some of his “poetry,” pre-The Young Ones, from way-back-when.
Via the Independent