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Rik Mayall dies: Comedian played spastic punk in 'The Young Ones'
Rik Mayall dies: Comedian played spastic punk in 'The Young Ones'

To Americans in the 1980s trying to understand the ways of British punk rock, few characters were more influential than comedian Rik Mayall, who died on Sunday in London. Mayall played the spastic anarchist named Rick in the short-lived but influential BBC sitcom “The Young Ones,” where he traded barbs and butted heads with his three roommates – a hippie, a red-headed punk and a football-loving ladies' man. The show featured typically raucous British humor and ridiculous scenarios. Its four characters were “The Odd Couple” doubled: a quartet who shared little in common but a roof and utility bills. Each character was memorable in his own way, but Mayall...

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