Bottom: Not Another Half-Arsed
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Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson were the creators and stars of 1980s cult smash and BBC best-selling DVD The Young Ones. In this follow up series, they bring you Richie Richard and Eddie Hitler - two obnoxious loners desperately seeking love, money and friendship, and failing to find any of it. As they pursue their doomed quest, they experiment with pheremones, join a dating service, and dress up for halloween...as a devil and a banana.]]>
British comedians Rik Mayall and Adrian "Ade" Edmondson vaulted to fame in The Young Ones, a high-energy but decidedly lowbrow TV show about clashing roommates. Mayall and Edmondson went on to create Bottom, playing Richie Richards (Mayall) and Eddie Hitler (Edmondson), two hapless dimwits floundering through life at the bottom of the social scale. Bottom provides plenty of the spastic slapstick and cartoon violence of The Young Ones, but the characters have greater dimension--even, possibly, a hint of soulfulness, which is always squashed at the first opportunity--and the dialogue has flights of loony wit ("You poor, sad, deformed urban pustule," declares Richie when Eddie resists going camping). Richie is a middle-aged virgin, high-strung, frustrated, yet possessed of eternal hope, while Eddie is phlegmatic and utterly without curiosity or ambition. They abuse, cheat, and steal from each other, yet seem inseparable. Many episodes feature no other characters; in one, they spend the entire half-hour trapped in a carriage at the top of a ferris wheel. It may seem peculiar to say this about a show in which two men have a contest to see who can put more custard in their underpants, but Richie and Eddie bear a striking resemblance to Vladmir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett's classic play Waiting for Godot. Without jobs or any real hope of a better life, they fritter their time in their grimy apartment trying to amuse themselves aimlessly, never succeeding in any of their schemes to get laid or make money. Fear not; any existential implications take a back seat to eye-poking and iron-skillet-head-smacking that the Three Stooges would admire. Full Bottom includes the entirety of the three Bottom series, 18 episodes in all. --Bret Fetzer
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Given that description it seems an unlikely likable duo, but they pull it off as well as any comedy pair in history. It's filthey, foul, utterly chaotic and as funny as anything that has ever crossed the pond. If you like British comedy and the Three Stooges or are a Young One's fan, you will definitely love this.
Completely over the top, radical, often very physical comedy with a very twisted slant.
A little less weird than The Young Ones (not a bad thing) but just as frenetic. In my opinion it retains the best elements of the former, while adding a hefty dose of new envelope-pushing crazy antics.
Fantastic viewing, just beware the R-rated language if young ones (no pun intended) are around.
In short, Eddie and Richie are desperately pathetic housemates, and all they have is each other. But that doesn't stop them from trying to upstage, lie, cheat or steal from each other until the cows come home.
Cue brilliant craziness and the kind of mental comedy that is impossible to find these days with broadcasters neutering their material for fear of offending anyone...
Bottom refers to social strata, more important in England than elsewhere, and these two are there in every way. It is always easy to feel better after watching this series knowing that at least you are not them.
One of the more priceless bits is the caviar scene in Digger: "Caviar is fish poo, sir. It is poo that comes out of a very expensive fish's bottom." Who can write these gems anymore?