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Adrian Edmondson

  • English actor
  • Born January 24, 1957

Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is perhaps best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982–84) and Bottom (1991–95), which he wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson also appeared in The Comic Strip Presents... series of films throughout the 1980s and 1990s.


It's definitely time to stop. We're getting too old. We both realised that the show wasn't as engaging as it used to be. We were starting to look a bit ridiculous.




We only have one agenda, which is to make 'em laugh their pants off. Unless they are girls, of course, when it is to make them laugh their bras off so we can get a quick look.




From the stage I've seen people of all ages absolutely roaring at really good toilet humour.




Most modern comedy is crap.




There is a lot of rubbish written about toilet humour - people saying it is childish and pretending it is beneath them - but there is no doubting the effectiveness of a really good willy gag.




People expect us to be different, but we're not. We're very similar people, and it's because we're so similar and close to each other that we make each other laugh - in fact we make each other laugh more than we make anyone else laugh.




Even though we work in the same field, we have an intense private life away from our professional lives.




We had so much fun in Ghana and they are really lovely people.




I've never played a hero before so I jumped at the chance.




I'm waiting for the time when I fail - because we all fail - and I'm ready, I'll take up carpentry.




Performers like Tommy Cooper, who are always getting things wrong, are much more endearing than comedians who are sassy and smart.




Richie and Eddie couldn't exist without each other. They're two halves of the same person.




It only works because we still amuse each other. After we have been working with other people, it is so refreshing to laugh unreservedly when we are back together again.




The most fun I ever have is sitting in with Rick writing, and we laugh at our own jokes.




You're entering dangerous land when you start theorising about comedy.




I've always had a kind of visual eye, and it was a pleasant exercise for that.




We have never been strictly political, only strictly funny.




On stage, we just want to generate hysteria. We don't care about looking cool or posing.




A lot of people are obsessed with looking cool. They feel they have to look after their image.




I remember once having to stop performing when I thought an elderly man a few rows back from the front was actually going to die because he was laughing so hard.




I don't claim that our TV comedies are highbrow in anyway, but I think there's a basis to them, and that's why they're more popular than other TV comedies. There's a basis of truth in them, a gut feeling.



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