Rik Mayall - Iconic comedy figure, legend, and generally all around great guy stared in some of the funniest sitcoms ever made. Here's some of his best lines from them.
The Young Ones
This cult comedy is now over 30 years old, and has lost none of its anarchic humour. Playing a Cliff Richard obsessed Rick, he was a centre piece of the show.
Rick (Ode to Cliff Richard): Oh Cliff / Sometimes it must be difficult not to feel as if / You really are a cliff / when fascists keep trying to push you over it! / Are they the lemmings / Or are you, Cliff? / Or are you, Cliff?
Neil: Wow... that was really pretty bad, Rick
Rick: Bad for society when the kids start to get into it!
Rick: I'm going to write to my MP!
Neil: But you haven't got an MP, Rick, you're an anarchist.
Rick: Oh right. Then I shall write to the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen.
Rick (to Madness who are performing in the pub): Do you lot know Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard?
Suggs: You hum it... I'll smash your face in.
Rick: I'll go sit over there.
Rick: This house will become a shrine, and punks and skins and rastas will all gather round and 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? Rik is dead! The People's Poet is dead!"
Rik and Ade played Eddie and Richie as two flatmates in Hammersmith. The violent outbursts, slapstick comedy and frying pan scenes will live on forever!
Richie: What about pin the tail on the donkey?
Eddie: We haven't got a donkey.
Richie: Well, pin the tail on the chicken.
Eddie: We haven't got a tail.
Richie: Oh. Well, pin the sausage on the chicken?
Eddie: We haven't got a chicken.
Richie: Well, pin the sausage on the fridge.
Eddie: Or a pin.
Richie: Sellotape a sausage to the fridge!
Eddie: We haven't got a sausage!
Richie: Put a bit of sellotape on the fridge!
Eddie: It's not much of a game, is it?
Richie: "Eddie, have you strained your vegetables?"
Eddie: "No it's just these hired trousers are a bit tight!"
Flashheart: It's me, Flash! Flash by name, Flash by nature. Hurrah!
Blackadder: Where have you been?
Flashheart: Where haven't I been! Woof!
To Baldrick (dressed as a bridesmaid): Thanks, bridesmaid. Like the beard. Gives me something to hang on to!
To Lord Melchett: Hey Melchie! Still worshipping God? Last thing I heard He started worshipping ME...
To Nursie: Ah Nursie, I like it firm and fruity. Am I pleased to see you or did I just put a canoe in my pocket?
Blackadder Goes Forth
Flashheart: Hi, Flashheart here. Yeah, cancel the state funeral, tell the King to stop blubbing. Flash is not dead. I simply ran out of juice! Yeah, and before all the girls start saying "Oh, what's the point of living anymore", I'm talking about petrol! Woof, woof!
Flashheart: Enter the man who has no underwear. Ask me why.
Others: Why do you have no underwear, Lord Flash?
Flashheart: Because the pants haven't been built yet that'll take the job on.
Flashheart: Just because I can give multiple orgasms to the furniture just by sitting on it, doesn't mean that I'm not sick of this damn war: The blood, the noise, the endless poetry.