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Bottom was a British sitcom from the early 1990s written by Rik Mayall[?] and Adrian Edmondson[?], who are the show's main stars, playing Richard Richard and Eddie Hitler respectively. Richard is a perpetually optimistic dimwit; Eddie is a cheerfully violent dipsomaniac[?]. Their arguments often lead to exaggeratedly violent fight scenes. Richie and Eddie are basically variations on characters the duo had been playing for years; the earlier Filthy, Rich and Catflap[?] had featured a slightly more watered-down version.

Often considered to be the most violent and profane example of the Britcom genre, the programme ran for three series of six episodes each.

Four live theatre shows have been spun off over the years, the most recent being Bottom 2001: An Arse Oddity. Recordings of all four stage shows have been released on video and DVD.

Another loose (in more ways than one) spin off from the series is the movie Guest House Paradiso, in which Mayall and Edmondson use the big screen as an opportunity to take the "comic" depiction of extreme violence and bodily functions to even greater extremes; the film climaxes with an orgy of projectile vomiting that has to be seen to be disbelieved.

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