A student wrote to Rik Mayall asking for his advice about comedy writing and the Blackadder actor’s response was as expectedly witty as his many other irreverent fan interactions.
Guy Walker, a media and television student at the University of Huddersfield, sent Mayall a letter asking three questions about comedy.
On the subject of whether or not innovative comedy is being ruined by political correctness, he appears to write, “No, it’s the w*gs.”
Walker then asks about the differences between writing for radio and writing for television. Mayall replies with his trademark humour: “There is none. They’re both run by BBC middle class neo-situationalist class–racists”.
The note was signed “with love and violence Lenny Henry x”.
Last week, a fan shared a response from Mayall after the comedian was asked to sign a card for his wife’s birthday. The actor obliged, but then wrote a separate note urging the couple to buy a copy of his World Cup track, "Noble England": “OK, that’s my part of the deal done; now your part of the deal,” he wrote.
The track entered the top 10 of the UK Official Chart last week, after a fan campaign to revive the song, originally released in 2010.
Rik Mayall: Career in pictures
Rik Mayall: Career in pictures
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Rik Mayall 'The Last Hurrah' CD signing, Falmouth Bookseller in Cornwall, 2013
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British actor and comedian Rik Mayall being interviewed in January 1985
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Rik Mayall attends the Olivier Awards at the Dominion Theatre in London, 1989
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Rik Mayall and Dave Allen at the British Comedy Awards party in London, 1993
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Rik Mayall in 'Rik Mayall Presents', 1995
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Rik Mayall in 1999
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Rik Mayall with his wife Barbara in 2000
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Rik Mayall in 2003
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Actor Rik Mayall arrives at the UK Film Premiere of the classic novel by Jules Verne 'Around The World In 80 Days' at Vue West End in London, 2004
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Rik Mayall at the National TV Awards in Royal Albert Hall in London, 2005
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Rik Mayall and Marsha Fitzalan pose as their comic 1980's TV characters Alan and Sarah B'Stard in London, 2006
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Actor Rik Mayall is asked to move on by police as he poses as his comic 1980's TV character Alan B'Stard to launch the four-month UK tour of the stage adaptation of the satirical TV series outside the Houses of Parliment in London, 2006
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Rik Mayall auditioning actors for the parts of Tony and Cherie Blair for his play 'The New Statesman - Alan B'Stard's Extremely Secret Weapon', Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall in London, 2006
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Rik Mayall standing on a Saltire painted cow outside the Scottish Parliament, 2006
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Rik Mayall jokes with television executive and broadcaster Alan Yentob at the British Comedy Awards in London, 2011
A fan request for an autograph was met with a similarly entertaining response from the comedian, who was, among other things, known for his love of profanities.
A handwritten letter read:
“Here you are you cheapskate money-grabbing Welsh c*nt — where's the f*cking envelope you deformity??
”Here you are Daniel, thank you so much for writing. I hope you like the picture.
“Best wishes my dear friend.”