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[ Sponsored in part by the BookPages Web site - if you're looking for any British book in print, they can get it for you! Take a look at http://www.bookpages.co.uk/ ] ADRIAN EDMONDSON FAQ (v1.4) ============================ 1. Who is he? 2. How about some personal details? 3. Press Release 4. What has he done since? 5. Other information and quotes 6. Contributions and thanks 1. Who is he? ============= A British comedian and actor, he became famous co-starring with Rik Mayall in the hit BBC sitcom, The Young Ones. Since then, he's co-starred again with Rik Mayall in Bottom, and does other comedy work, as well as writing the odd novel, and popping up in various TV shows. 2. So, what about his life before hitting the big time? ======================================================= He was born on January 24 1957 in Bradford. He lived with his father, who taught abroad for the Armed Forces. At the age of 12 he entered Pocklington Public (i.e. privately-funded) boarding school, and afterwards went to Manchester University to study drama. There, he met Rik Mayall, and apparently went around with him chanting "We're going to become stars!". He eventually got a 2-1 (equivalent to a 'B')... 3. How did he hit the big time? =============================== (Quoting without permission from a press release) Adrian Edmondson Biography -------------------------- "Adrian trained in studio drama at Manchester University, where he met Rik Mayail and formed the partnership that was to become Twentieth Century Coyote. In 1977 he took a one-man show to the National Student Drama Festival, and Twentieth Century Coyote appeared at the Edinburgh Festival to great critical acclaim and media interest; the show was recorded for Radio 4. After Edinburgh came a period of touring with various two-man shows throughout Britain, until Adrian joined the number of talented artists then appearing at London's Comedy Store. Throughout 1979 and 1980, Ade made numerous appearances on the growing comedy circuit before going on to co-found The Comic Strip at the Boulevard Theatre in late 1980. After their hugely successful premiere at the Boulevard, The Comic Strip made an album and a short film in the summer of 1981 and set out on a national tour in September. In 1982 they toured Australia, including a two-week season at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Adrian scripted one and played leading parts in all episodes of THE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS, seen on Channel 4. He went on to play `Vyvyan' in BBC TV's hugely successful THE YOUNG ONES, written by his Twentieth Century Coyote partner and star Rik Mayall, Ben Elton and Lise Mayer. He also appeared in FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING and BOOM BOOM, OUT GO THE LIGHTS before going on to film his first starring role in Sandy Johnson's THE MAGNIFICENT ONE. In 1983, Adrian toured in KEVIN TURVEY AND THE BASTARD SQUAD for Pola Jones Associates, and then played Trofimov and Gayev in THE WHITE GLOVE at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. After another series of THE YOUNG ONES and appearances in THE LENNY HENRY SHOW and in two further episodes of THE COMIC STRIP, Adrian went on to play the title role in The Comic Strip feature film SUPERGRASS, released in 1985. Early in 1985, Adrian played the lead role of Alun in HONEST, DECENT AND TRUE, a play devised by Les Blair and produced by Graham Benson, and 'Guy' (again, the lead) in the Paul Jackson produced and directed HAPPY FAMILIES for BBC TV. Ade and Rik Mayall then wrote ten episodes of THE DANGEROUS BROTHERS, a strand within a ten week series of SATURDAY NlGHT LIVE, and co-starred in FILTHY, RICH AND CATFLAP - another Paul Jackson production for BBC TV. In the same year, he played Tiny in Central Tv's HARDWICKE HOUSE. In 1989, Adrian starred alongside John Gordon-Sinclair in Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran's SNAKES AND LADDERS, a six-part series for Yorkshire TV directed by Baz Taylor, before playing a guest lead, Von Richtofen, in BBC TV's BLACKADDER GOES FORTH. Adrian co-starred, this time with Alison Steadman, in NEWS HOUNDS, directed by Les Blair for Working Title and BBC TV, which won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Single Television Drama of 1990. Later that year, Adrian starred as Brad In Robin Lefevre's West End revival of the cult hit THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at the Piccadilly Theatre, before going to Yugoslavia to film THE POPE MUST DIE, directed by Peter Richardson for Palace Pictures. Adrian and Rik Mayall have written and starred in two (now three) series of BOTTOM, a five-part series produced and directed by Ed Bye for BBC TV. They co-starred in the 1991 West End production of Samuel Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT at the Queen's Theatre. In June 1992, Adrian appeared with the Ballet du Rhin at Sadlers Wells Theatre as narrator of CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS. He has recently finished recording IF YOU SEE GOD, TELL HIM for Marcus Mortimer at BBC TV, in which he stars opposite Richard Briers. Adrian started a film company with other leading members of The Comic Strip, for which he has written and directed BAD NEWS, MORE BAD NEWS and PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. He wrote CONSUELA and MR JOLLY LIVES NEXT DOOR, both of which were directed by Stephen Frears. He also starred in and wrote DIRTY MOVIE. Most recently, he played John Major in THE RED NOSE OF COURAGE, screened (after the polls closed) on election night In 1992. In another development Adrian has also directed several successful pop videos including the controversial PRIME MOVER for Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, HOURGLASS, TRUST ME TO OPEN MY MOUTH and 853 5937 for Squeeze, The Pogues' FIESTA, Sandie Shaw's PLEASE HELP THE CAUSE AGAINST LONELINESS and LIKE THE WEATHER by 10,000 Maniacs." (January 1993) 4. What has he done since? ========================== TELEVISION ---------- * Three series of BOTTOM, co-written and co-starring with Rik Mayall. These are available on BBC Video. The last series was screened in Autumn 1995. * ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS as a food reviewer. His wife is Jennifer Saunders... * IF YOU SEE GOD, TELL HIM (a 1993 sitcom) with Richard Briers. * THE COOK'S TALE, an Anna Lee mystery, as ... The Cook. * He has also appeared in numerous Comic Strip films, notably EAT THE RICH, BAD NEWS and MORE BAD NEWS - with Rik Mayall and Nigel Planer. In the Bad News films, Adrian played Vim Fuego (otherwise known as Alan Metcalf), lead guitarist and vocalist in the heavy metal band Bad News - basically, a British version of Spinal Tap. STAGE ----- * Two seperate stage productions of BOTTOM in Easter 1993 and Autumn 1995, both of which are available on BBC Video. A third production is planned for January -> March 1997. BOOKS ----- * THE GOBBLER, his first novel, recently released in paperback. The blurb at the front reads: "Julian Mann, the hard drinking, preening and sexually provocative star of the hit TV sitcom Richard The Nerd, feels caught on the horns of a dilemma: should he be concentrating on his career, which is on the slide after an unseemly bout of fisticuffs at the BAFTA awards; or following his baser instincts and bedding every young girl in sight? His twin dreams of comic immortality and a penthouse flat full of booze and young models seem to be frustrated by his wife and children; by Tom, his wife's best friend from University days, a pretentious 'National Theatre player' who appears to be competing with Julian on the small screen adn in the bedroom; by the tax man, who's chasing him for sixty thousand pounds; and by Lillith, a psychotic fan, and member of a strange Herculean cult whose eight-year-cycle of death and regeneration might augur Julian's imminent nemesis..." He started writing the book after he decided to take six months off, and ended up playing Sim City and hoovering most of that time. Apparently, it was to be originally called Wild Turkey, but it got changed to The Gobbler, which still has a turkey reference in it, as well as a crass reference to oral sex... In a book reading, Adrian also commented that Richard The Nerd was a bit like Blackadder. The ISBN number is 0-7493-2233-0 * HOW TO BE A COMPLETE B*STARD, co-written with someone else post-Young Ones. The ISBN number is 0-86369-182X. * He has also co-written a book with Robert Llewelyn (Kryten from Red Dwarf). Unfortunately, the precise details of the book escape me at this moment. Irrelevant things such as the title. Help! 5. OTHER INFORMATION AND QUOTES =============================== * Talking to a bookseller in New Zealand, he said "The thing with all the characters me and Rik play is, and you might have noticed this, they're all the f**king same - just a different setting." He also mentioned that he and Rik had tried to write a new series of Bottom in January 1996, but realised that there wasn't much more that they could do as there was nothing left in the kitchen that they could hit each other with! * I had the chance to talk to him during a book signing in London. It turns out that he's been on the Internet for 3 years, but was previously unaware of the FAQ. We swapped details so if he's reading this, hi! * "I love you dearly, but shut up!" - to a fan at said book signing, who asked him a question, then proceeded to interrupt him as he was answering... * During said book signing, he also observed that it wasn't very interesting to write for television any more, and that TV seemed to be in a decline, pointing out that radio and cinema had declined before it. * He also once appeared on stage at the Hysteria AIDS benefit gig with the words "You might remember me ... I used to be very funny." His agent is: Jonathan Altaras Jonathan Altaras Association Limited 2 Goodwins Court LONDON WC2N 4LL United Kingdom Tel : +44 (0) 171 497 8878 Fax : +44 (0) 171 497 8876 -------- Thanks go to Adam Davies, Mike Moore, Damon Shawcross and Simon Young for supplementary information.. Other files available include the Young Ones FAQ, the Ben Elton FAQ and the Rik Mayall FAQ. These files can be found via the following methods: FTP - src.doc.ic.ac.uk/public/media/tv/collections/tardis/ WWW - http://pobox.com/~brit-com/Comedy/index.html You can throw your brickbats, comments and additions to me via: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: http://pobox.com/~achwong/index.html Finally, this FAQ is postcard-ware i.e. if you really liked it then I would appreciate a postcard from you! The address is: 10 Gerllan Tywyn Gwynedd LL36 9DE UNITED KINGDOM Also, if you want any British items, E-mail me. I sometimes go to the States and can accept American currency.