Trev and Simon

Rik Mayall, 'Our Favourite Comedian'

Simon Hickson | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Simon Hickson

One of our tutors was Dr David Mayer (later to become Professor David Mayer). David's daughter, Lise, was the girlfriend of a former student, Rik Mayall. The two of them, along with another former Manchester student, Ben Elton, had just written a new sitcom for the BBC called The Young Ones. We had no TV. We were students, we had no money.

Me, the Swimming Pool and the Man in the Shower

Trevor Neal | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

I went with my family to visit the grandparents during the Easter holidays. The weather was pretty poor so indoor activities like scoffing chocolate, watching TV and sleeping were the main pastimes. Suited me fine. One morning though, in a rare fit of energetic enthusiasm, we went swimming, at a nearby leisure centre.

Me, the Truth and the Checkout Girl

Trevor Neal | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

Anyway you're familiar with the supermarket routine, I'm sure. All fairly normal and not particularly weird. Although, to an alien race that do their shopping by inhaling consumables through their bottom nostrils, that situation would of course be weird. But to me at that moment everything was fairly normal. Until she started to ask questions. "How are you today?" she asked, smiling.

Me, Camp, the Coach and Children's BBC

Trevor Neal | Posted 09.05.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

There was a time, obviously before the arrival of Loaded magazine, when I deliberately avoided behaving in a laddish or blokey way because it was trendier to be camp. I was a drama student in the early 1980s. Enough said.

Me, Greggs and Dead Man's Shoes

Trevor Neal | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

I've always found shoes a bit stressful. Buying them. Wearing them. Cleaning them. Finding a perfectly comfortable, hard wearing, stylish pair of shoes is a rare and wonderful thing. It's probably a hangover from my childhood.

Me, Harry Potter and The Woman in Black

Trevor Neal | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

It's my son's birthday soon... Amongst other things*, he's asked for the Harry Potter DVD box set. It's his 11th birthday - the very age when Harry Potter discovers that he is a wizard. I hope my son turns out to be a wizard too then maybe I won't have to go shopping anymore. He can just wave a twiggy stick about shouting "DVDidius Box Settiosa" and it will appear. Job done.

Me, Benny Hill and the Milkman

Trevor Neal | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

Appearing on children's TV meant I had to control my urge to swear if I wanted to keep my job. After so many years the habit's kind of stuck. In the Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman continues to ask permission to go to the toilet even when he's freed from prison. That's a bit like me. I ask permission. Then I go to the toilet and swear like a f**king trooper.

Me, Paul Weller and the Twins

Trevor Neal | Posted 04.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

In the late 80s or early 90s, I did an ambulance workers' benefit in London, with my comedy partner Simon Hickson. Paul Weller was on the same bill. He tapped me on the shoulder and asked "Where's the sound check?" I was speechless and just pointed. We didn't talk about the old times together, in Southampton, in 1979, when we wore the same shirt. But that was okay.

Swing Your Pants! Kids' TV Heroes Trev And Simon Make Comeback (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK Comedy

Swing your pants and do your duvets, kids - because '90s kids' TV comedy heroes Trev and Simon are back! Back, we tell you! And to prove it, they'v...

Me, Morrissey and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Trevor Neal | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

I rarely go to church and when I do, it's fairly reluctantly, but when I was a child growing up in Southampton, my mum dragged me along most Sundays. Occasionally, if she asks, I still keep her company at her local church, near to where I live. These days I drag my own children along but it still makes me feel a bit like a kid too. Like last Sunday.

We're (All) Doomed!

Trevor Neal | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Comedy
Trevor Neal

It's the classic catchphrase uttered by "Private Frazer in Dad's Army. We've all repeated it, (admittedly with varying degrees of accent authenticity), and many of us can still hear the original echoing inside our heads, thanks to the genius of actor John Laurie and the continuous BBC repeats.