Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In Memoriam: Violent Nation with Rik Mayall (1958-2014)

Rik Mayall, whose passing away exactly one year ago today was most untimely and unexpected, stood head and shoulders above most comedians of his era, and not just because of his commanding stage presence. His collaborations with Ade Edmondson in particular, produced exhibitions of hyper-violent, anarchic comedy unrivalled and unsurpassed.

Violent Nation, a three-part Discovery Channel documentary, represents one of his few forays into the more serious side (for him) of broadcasting. It resulted in what could be described as one of his more subdued performances and yet, it still manages to sparkles with his characteristic wit. It is also genuinely educational and informative but don't let that put you off watching!

We can think of no better way to mark the first anniversary of his death than by recommending this for your viewing. Sit back and enjoy.

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