Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall was an English comedian, actor, and writer. Mayall was a pioneer of alternative comedy in the early 1980s. He formed a comedy partnership with Ade Edmondson, and appeared in numerous cult classic sitcoms, including The Young Ones (1982–84), Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987), The New Statesman (1987–94), Bottom (1991–95), Blackadder, and in the comedy films Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Guest House Paradiso (1999). His acting style was described as energetic "post-punk".

For Disney, he voiced Cufflingk in the 2005 film Valiant, Mr. Toad in the 1995 version of The Wind in the Willows and its 1996 sequel The Willows in Winter and Prince Froglip from The Princess and the Goblin.