This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
with many thanks to Stuart Jackson
"I had just started college in England (Hull) when The Young Ones
first started - Autumn 1982. By the third episode, word had got
round so much about how good it was, all the public TV rooms in
every hall of residence and in the Students' Union were jammed to
the rafters. It was a great atmosphere. In March of 1983 the
Young Ones did a university tour, and Hull was one of the venues.
I was lucky enough to get a ticket...it was a sell out. Only
Rick, Vyv and Neil were there. Apparently, they'd killed Mike
(but he was miraculously revived for the second series). Rik
Mayall warmed up the crowd doing Kevin Turvey, a Brummie
Investigator which he'd done on an earlier show called "A Kick Up
The Eighties". Rik and Vyv then came on and did their stuff for
about 15 minutes. Then Neil came on to rapturous applause - at
which point Rik and Vyv told him in no uncertain terms to f***
off. They wouldn't continue the show until everyone in the
audience was screaming "f*** off, Neil". The show lasted about
two hours and remains the funniest live show I've been to.
The second series first aired in spring 1984, and was even more
popular - by this time I was living in conditions very similar to
that of The Young Ones. One of my most vivid memories of the time
was trying to keep warm by putting my hands in front of the open
fridge. It really does work you know."
Apparently, Nigel Planer also embarked on a tour in 1984 as Neil, just
after the second series was aired. He charged around ?1,000 per gig...