Simon Pegg Says Mayall Was His Inspiration
Comedian and actor Simon Pegg has told Sky's Entertainment Week that Rik Mayall was a "a true pioneer" of comedy.
"He was the inspiration to me. I'm very sad about Rik's passing," Pegg told Sky's Joe Michalczuk.
"I have experienced a genuine sense of loss, because he's probably the reason I became interested in comedy as a young man.
"And I got to work with him as well ... to sit with him and talk to him about comedy."
Pegg joins a host of comedians who have paid tribute to Mayall, who died on Monday at his home in southwest London at the age of 56.
Mayall's wife Barbara Robbin has said a fit may have caused the comedian's sudden death.
Pegg, 44, worked with Mayall and his comedy collaborator Ade Edmondson on the 1999 comedy-thriller Guest House Paradiso in the early days of his film career.
He said of Mayall: "It is a terrible loss, he was true pioneer and an incredible force.
"His peers and him were as important to comedy as the Sex Pistols were to music.
"They shook things up and changed it for the better."
The Shaun Of The Dead and Star Trek star added: "For me, The Young Ones will always be his signature performance. Rick was just a character for the ages.
"I'm really sad."