Lise Mayer Is Born

Lise Mayer (born November 29, 1957) is a television and film writer.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, and is best known as a creator and co-writer of the BBC comedy series The Young Ones, alongside Rik Mayall (her then partner) and Ben Elton. She met them both when they were studying drama at Manchester University, where her father, David Mayer, was their tutor.

Subsequently she has written for such shows as The Last Resort, Paramount City, London Underground, The Fast Show, Saturday Zoo and Casualty, and produced Denis Leary's No Cure For Cancer. Films include The Borrowers, Suite 16 , A Paper Wedding and Flushed Away.

She now lives with her partner, comedian and presenter Angus Deayton, and their son Isaac. Her sister Cassie Mayer is a talent agent who represents many comedians. Another sister, Catherine Mayer, is a senior editor at Time magazine.

The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first broadcast in 1982, on BBC2. Its anarchic, offbeat humour helped bring alternative comedy to television in the 1980s and made household names of its writers and performers. Soon afterwards, it was shown on MTV, one of the first non-music television shows on the fledgling channel.

The main characters were four undergraduate students sharing a house: violent punk rocker Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), pompous would-be anarchist Rick (Rik Mayall), long-suffering hippie Neil (Nigel Planer), and the mysterious and diminutive Mike (Christopher Ryan). It also featured Alexei Sayle, who played the quartet's landlord, Jerzei Balowski, and other members of the Balowski family.

The show combined traditional sitcom style with violent slapstick, non sequitur plot-turns and surrealism. These older styles were mixed with the working and lower-middle class attitudes of the growing 1980s alternative comedy boom, in which all the principal performers except Ryan had been involved.