Noel Fielding says Rik Mayall was a ‘huge influence’ on ‘The Mighty Boosh’

Fielding pays tribute to the late comedian in this week's NME

Noel Fielding has paid tribute to comedian Rik Mayall, who died earlier this month (June 9) aged 56.

Writing in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally, Fielding pays tribute to the late writer and comedian, best known for his role as Rick in The Young Ones as well as roles in Blackadder and The New Statesman and for creating the hit sit-com Bottom with Ade Edmondson.

The Young Ones was the first post-punk comedy, and a complete changing of the guard” he writes. “The Young Ones was a huge influence on The Mighty Boosh, for both Julian [Barratt] and myself.”


“I loved the insane plots: digging for oil in their cellar, a bomb landing in their kitchen, and them appearing on University Challenge. I also loved the puppets, the ice-skating carrots, talking statues and Buddy Holly hanging from the ceiling. But Rik Mayall always stole the show with lines like “Shut up Neil, I’m trying to stir my coffee” and “Hands up who likes me?”

Rik Mayall scored a posthumous Top 10 hit with the song ‘Noble England’ last weekend (June 15). The track – which was originally released to coincide with the 2010 World Cup, but failed to chart – went in at Number Seven in the Official Singles Chart, following a social media campaign.