Like most people of my generation, I grew up with him in the Young Ones. And he really was terrific in that episode (below) of Blackadder with “Queenie” Elizabeth. But it was as Alan B’stard in The New Statesman that he really captured my imagination. He played the part to a T.
I was privileged to see him play the part on stage at the Hexagon, Reading. (By coincidence there were two MPs in the audience, one Labour, one Conservative.) This was well after Rik Mayall’s tragic accident. He had an unbelievably intense comedic energy. He was on stage the whole time and the centre of the piece, employing all his manic flights of comedy. It was an extraordinary performance.
It is really tragic that Rik Mayall has been taken from us at a comparatively young age. I offer my sincere sympathy to his family and friends.