Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondson break character

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mcpheonixx : Those guys were on fire. Out of character, yes. Off script, Yes. Who cares, that was comedy at it's finest. The crowd really got what what they paid for.

Peter Clack : Miss Rik, Immensely, will never forget when I saw him live and he threw a sandwich at me and called me a bastard! :)

Robert Spratt : Ode to Rik Mayall - by Rob Spratt I remember the 80's, when I was still in my teens when four crazy students ignited our screens. The show was The Young Ones. I simply adored it. So funny and different, like nothing before it. The stories were crazy, the characters insane, a collection of misfits who lived in my brain. There wasn't a playground, where the youth at the time, weren't doing impressions or reciting the lines. And like 'Cliff' before it, the key thing it did was shock all the parents and delight all the kids. The show was anarchic and it hit with such force, that it redefined humour and changed history's course. There was Vyvyan the punk who was completely insane, a violent psychotic, who had a girl's name. A loony tunes cartoon, always having fits, and whose solution to all was to smash it to bits. And then there was Neil, the one who dug graves. The peace-loving hippy, abused like a slave. He'd cook for them all - chickpeas or lentils, and he found it quite heavy in a house full of mentals. And what about Mike? So chilled, suave, yet so shady. He fancied himself as one for the ladies. He was always so cool, wearing shades was his norm, with his laid-back persona, he was the calm in the storm. And so on to Rik, who looked up to Mike. But Rik was the housemate that nobody liked. He was shallow and childlike, his tantrums unreal, always fighting with Vyv or else picking on Neil. Rik was deluded, and thought he was great,  but to everyone else was a figure of hate. The self-proclaimed poet, who 'spoke for the youth', but to say he spoke rubbish was nearer the truth. Oh how I loved the look on Rik's face when he thought he'd put someone back in their place. His hands on his hips, all Rigsby-style snorting, gaffawing; the self-satisfied smile. The others just scoffed at his pompous pretensions and ignored him whenever he demanded attention. Frustrated and angry, didn't know what to do, that was our Rik, the rebel with no clue. So, many years later, it's all in the past. Did they know at the time they'd made something to last? Something important, a stand-out by far, that would affect our culture and the way that we are? Thank you to Rik, Chris, Nigel and Ade for being the Young Ones and the parts that you played. To some it may seem that you were just being daft but no doubt in my mind, masters of your craft. And thank you to Lise and Ben and to Rik for writing what is, a true Brit classic. Of course they all went on to do far more besides But The Young Ones was really where they hit their stride. So, it's thirty years on, and out of the blue, the TV and web were alive with the news that something had happened, so sudden, so quick; the nation lost a hero, a hero called Rik. I never imagined the pain that I'd feel. The shock hit me hard, still can't believe that it's real. I don't know why, I can't explain, why I've cried so much since and felt so much pain. I guess I loved Rik more than I even knew. It's like a part of me has been snatched away, too. I keep watching re-runs of the things he was in, and keep thinking of Barbara and all of his kin. And when the kids ask why the adults are crying The adults will say "because inside we're dying" "Someone we loved, a man we adored, the 'people's poet', is sadly no more". But one thing's for certain, it's since become clear That Rik was a man that his country held dear. I feel happier knowing that, and it's now a safe bet; the noble Englishman, Rik, we will never forget. Rik, ask us again, "hands up who likes me" and watch millions go up, just so you can see you were always right, that you always knew just how much love would come back at you. Now you're standing wild-eyed at the gates of heaven, And they've heard the bad news has been turned up to eleven. "Flashheart's arrived!" and while mulling your fate God's voice booms, "Bastards! Open that gate!" RIP Rik Mayall 1958 - 2014

Annemarie Fleming : How can 38 people NOT like this piece of genius ad lib? Brilliant! Their obvious rapport, both with one another and with their audience, is palpable!

RomWatt : "Why did you leave Southampton ?" "Because I found the railway station !" I'm sold ! 😂

Bob Dobalina : These guys are side splitting. The end of an era.  Bottom got me thru a very very difficult youth and made me laugh. Thank you Rik for being the comic madman that you were and always will be. We will always miss and love you mate. Why was he taken so soon? 

Steve Norm : shes got a tongue like an electric eel and she likes the taste of a mans tonsils

Kane Stanford : Rehersed or not, they have the audience under their total control. Awesome to watch

toadstyle101 : I remember watching every episode of Bottom on New Years Eve 2001 on UK Gold. I was too young to go out & get pissed, but watching Bottom all night had me laughing so much that I might as well have been drunk. R.I.P. Rik Mayall

ricardoroberto100 : I saw them live at the desert island show and they did the 'I forgot my watch" line and everyone thought it was an hilarious cock up. Then I bought the DVD recorded at a different venue and they did the same line. All their 'ad-libs' were scripted but still very funny and who cares anyway. I am glad I saw them.

VainEldritch : Rik did much the same when I saw them doing Waiting For Godot at the Shaftsbury - he even gave us some "Rick" from the Young Ones. How he worked that into Beckett was something to see. Rik's death is a difficult one to take. Thanks for the laughs, mate!

Sids60sSounds : The irony of Eddie's line at 5:15. RIP RIK

other tomperson : I miss Rik Mayall. And Alan Rickman. :(

Irvine195 : This house will become a shrine! And punks and skins and Rastas will all gather round and all hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader! And all the grown-ups will say, "But why are the kids crying?" And the kids will say, "Haven't you heard? Rick is dead! The People's Poet is dead!" Rest in peace Rick Mayall. The People's Poet will be missed...

hohohomum : "Bloody Hell! .... A line from the play!" OMFG LMFAO!

writeract2 La Principessa Anne : Wow, wow, wow never seen anything like this by 2 actors in a play, but very funny & adrian is loose. Ric Mayall must have been a force of nature.

Michael Davies : Brilliant. Not so `momentarily' braking character. It was more like a play within a play. 

Andromeda : Really wish i got a chance to see them live looked such a ball to be at one of their shows. have always been a big fan of Rik an Ade from the moment i first saw them. they are the sort of people if id see on something it would perk me up straight away!! such shame we will never see them together again! Unique talents!!! R.I.P Rik <3

The Phantom : This is brilliant. The only downside being that someone in the audience brought a squeaky toy in with them and stuck it in their arse pocket.

Kranku : RIP Rik Mayall, absolute comedy genius. 

Jonathan Titterton : I loved Rik and Ade just like any true long standing comedy duo they always know how to set each other off.

Robert Tolhurst : Stop Larfing! Imagine you're watching Ben Elton or something! ;)

_idekanymore : So glad my parents let me watch these two growing up

Shannon McDonald : Rik laughing isn't scripted in... nor is the audiences reaction

Aled Lewis : That high-pitched laugh sounds like a pomeranian being repeatedly stepped on.

chikitabowow : If you ever break character, THIS is the way to do it! Genius!

Dave Speers : R.I.P Lord Flash heart you right B'stard another comedy great gone too soon

dageezerboi : Watching this live must have been an awesome experience.

phlOgistOn : Don't think I'd seen this in over a decade, laughed like a fool with a tear running down my cheek. RIP Rik

Worldwide Ghosts : Haha, love these two! We miss you Rik but you're still very much in all our hearts.

journojulz : They had a great way of  taking mistakes and turning them into a part of a show. I remember this at St George's Hall. I like to think this is where the joke was born - as Ade was indeed comes from Bradford.

Ashynz : Even if this was staged afterwards  I'll give them credit that it happened initially by accident...also so wonderful watching them together, they bounce off each other so effortlessly.  <3 Them both.

MaskedMan66 : Spike Milligan was once cast in a play called "Son of Oblomov," and though he worked very hard at learning his part, he dried on opening night and just ad libbed everything. It went over so well that they just did it like that every night, and the show became a monumental smash.

Tim Cunningham : scripted or not, this is brilliant. 

El Burrito : Ah RIP Alan Rickman, RIP Rik Mayall

keffenos : saw this show in Woking theatre and they ad lib for half an hour or more at different points of the show- got out well late but one of the best nights out, crying with laughter

mmtallm : "and cue" LOL

supahoopsa001 : R.I.P Rik, I'm shell shocked. 

Amanda L : Only true comedians can mess up and still split the audiences sides! <3 This was a good vid! r.i.p Rik Mayall.

Mike Molloy : my fave is how eddie tilts his head, when instructed: listen eddie.. very very intuitively funny.. well done.

Emily Westwood : Cant believe u are gone u were the best comedian ever always wanted to meet u :,( nw I cant .. hope u are happy in heavrn r.I.p

Emily Barker : There's nothing funnier than watching comedians laugh. This is beautiful, RIP Rik x

sleepy_cat : Saw them live - really good show. RIP man, very surpirsed shocked. 

Mark Thompson : both amazing comedians, Comedy Legends

wendy_pop : so glad i got to meet them both, r.i.p. rik love n miss you

Λαυρέντιος Ψαροκάηκας : Rest in peace, Lord of Misrule.

mike oxbig : sadly, this (break character) is staged, they did the exact same thing word for word when they came to my city...very disappointed when I saw the live video and saw it was false, but I still thought they were excellent.

Born again punk : Absolutely brilliant, Rik is sadly missed. Great post.

Daniel Gardecki : *Ade Edmondson* was born and grew up in my city *Bradford.* Then he decided he liked it better down South and became a soft Southerner.

Ade Keast : Brilliantly funny