Blackadder producer John Lloyd has described Rik Mayall as "just extraordinary".
Speaking to BBC News, he said: "It's really a dreadful piece of news.
"I remember going to the very first night of the Comedy Store and thinking 'Where does this come from?'.
"It was the most extraordinary thing, him and Ade Edmondson doing the Dangerous Brothers, they were called, and you just felt you were in the presence of something, a whole revolutionary thing."
Rik Mayall's widow has thanked the public for their support following his death - but gave a cheeky nod to her late husband in the process.
An online campaign has been launched to try and get a 'forgotten' World Cup song by late comedian Rik Mayall to number one in the charts
Star of Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesman, Rik Mayall, a leading light of Britain's alternative comedy scene, has died aged 56.