Lise Mayer

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Lise Mayer
Lise Mayer and Angus Deayton 1.jpg
Lise Mayer and Angus Deayton at the Lighthouse Gala auction in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust in 2007
Born Lise Mayer
(1959-11-29) 29 November 1959 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois,
United States
Occupation Screenwriter
Years active 1981–present
Partner(s) Rik Mayall
Angus Deayton (1991-2015)
Children Isaac Deayton
Relatives David Mayer (father)
Anne Mayer (mother)
Cassie Mayer (sister)
Catherine Mayer (sister)

Lise Mayer (born 29 November 1959)[1] is an American-born English television and film writer.


Mayer was born in Chicago,[citation needed] Illinois, 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.[2] She met them both when they were studying drama at Manchester University, where her father, David Mayer, was their tutor.[3] Her mother, Anne, is prominent within theatre PR.[4][5]

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. She was a writer/ consultant for the film The Borrowers, and co-writer of Suite 16, A Paper Marriage, Flushed Away and "The Matchmaker".

Books include Bachelor Boys, The Young Ones Book, People I Have Shot (with ITN cameraman Sebastian Rich), The Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book, Go to Bed (with Jonathan Ross), Amassed Hysteria and In Search of Happiness (with Angus Deayton).

She has a son Isaac with comedian and presenter Angus Deayton; the two were in a relationship from 1991 to 2015.[6] Her sister Cassie Mayer is a talent agent who represents many comedians. Another sister, Catherine Mayer, was Editor at Large at Time magazine until April 2015, when she left to co-found the Women's Equality Party with Sandi Toksvig.[7]


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