In Britain we have our fair share of worthy television charity events that do great work in finding employment for celebrities nobody has ever heard of. But this year, two minutes into a mildly amusing dance routine in a Comic Relief dance competition, I amazed myself by smiling. For me it was like seeing Laurel rising up from the dead to poke Hardy in the eye for one last time.
I've enjoyed Ade Edmondson's career ever since Rik Mayall first hit him over the head with a frying pan back in the 70s when they were The Dangerous Brothers. Later, Ade's comedy evolved in The Young Ones when Rik would set fire to Ade's pants while hitting him over the head with a frying pan. Later still, his comedy evolved further in Bottom when Rik would break Ade's legs and set fire to his pants while also hitting him over the head with a frying pan. And then finally, the comedy reached its logical end in the Bottom live shows where Rik would superglue himself into a blow-up doll, break Ade's legs, set fire to his pants and still manage to hit him over the head with a frying pan.
But then they got too old to play themselves and they split up. So Bottom fans were left to wonder whether Ade would ever get hit over the head with a frying pan again for just one last time... for old time's sake.