Rik Mayall

25 Years of Shooting Comedians

Photographer Rich Hardcastle is crowdfunding to produce a hardback book containing portraits of comedians taken during his 25 year career. The KickStarter page explains: “Whilst recently trawling old hard drives and negative files, Rich has discovered a treasure trove of rare and revealing [...]

June 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Bristol Celebrates Comedy Legends

The newly announced programme for Bristol Slapstick Festival 2017 will include celebrations of comedy greats such as Victoria Wood, Rik Mayall and The Young Ones. On Wednesday 18th January at 5.40pm, Victoria Wood: Let’s Do It! will take place at the Watershed. Andrew Kelly (Festival of [...]

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #24

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the latest news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… NEW TO TV AND RADIO THIS WEEK It’s yet another packed week for top notch television and radio [...]

March 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #11

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR TVO TELLY FANS! As Noddy Holder once sang: IT’S [...]

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

What’s The Crack? 10pm Tonight!

The long awaited second series of Crackanory starts these evening on Dave, and as is often the case, it comes with a bevy of TVO regulars on board. Comedy legends Vic Reeves and Rik Mayall (in one of his final performances) tell the first two stories in the anthology saga’s sophomore run, [...]

September 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Crackanory 2 – Starting Soon

As we mentioned last month, the second series of Crackanory, the popular storytelling series on Dave, features a story read by the late, great Rik Mayall. The iconic comedian reads The Weatherman by TVO regular Tony Way. It has now been confirmed that this will be the first story of the new series, [...]

September 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rik’s Crack To Air Next Month

The second series of much loved anthology show Crackanory will air next month, and features an episode narrated by the late Rik Mayall, written by TVO legend Tony Way. Freeview channel Dave, which airs the series, was unsure if they would air the episode until they received the blessing of [...]

August 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

Parkinson & Eldon Join Crackanory Series 2

Earlier this year we reported that anthology comedy Crackanory would be returning for a second series. Series 1 included TVO regulars Sharon Horgan, Kevin Eldon, Tom Meeten, Steve Oram, Alex Kirk and John ‘Willie’ Hopkins on screen, whilst the score for the show was composed by Waen Shepherd [...]

July 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

Noel On Rik

Last week comedy lovers were left heartbroken by the unexpected death of Rik Mayall. Noel Fielding was just one of many comedians who publicly mourned the loss via twitter – and this week Noel has written a piece for the NME about his admiration for the star. Noel introduces the article by [...]

June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

RIP Rik Mayall: 7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014

The Velvet Onion is shocked and saddened by the death of Rik Mayall at the age of 56, and would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rising to fame in the early 1980s as a member of the highly prestigious team behind The Comic Strip Presents, his career began [...]

June 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

Man Down Starts Tonight!

Channel 4’s new sitcom, Man Down, starring Greg Davies & Rik Mayall, starts tonight. The show features Davies as a childish schoolteacher – the kind that wants to make a fart-powered hovercraft, no less – whose life goes from bad to worse when he loses his girlfriend and is [...]

October 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Man Down Already On The Up!

Channel 4 is predicting a smash hit with its forthcoming sitcom Man Down – and with its prestigious cast and crew, we can’t blame ’em! The show stars Greg Davies as a childish schoolteacher, with his oft-remarked lookalike (and all-round comedy legend) Rik Mayall also [...]

August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments