29 November 1959
|Partner(s)||Angus Deayton (1991-2015)|
|Relatives||David Mayer (father)
Anne Mayer (mother)
Cassie Mayer and Catherine Mayer (sisters)
Lise Mayer (born 29 November 1959) is an American-born English television and film writer.
Mayer was born in Chicago, 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. She met them both when they were studying drama at Manchester University, where her father, David Mayer, was their tutor. Her mother, Anne, is prominent within theatre PR.
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 couple were in a relationship from 1991–2015. 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.
- Wilmut, Roger (1989). Didn't You Kill My Mother In Law?- the story of alternative comedy in Brtiain from the Comedy Store to Saturday Night Live. UK: Methuen. pp. 98–99. ISBN 0-413-17390-9.
- The Young Ones DVD extras
- Halliburton, Rachel (8 January 2004). "This woman can have Blair any time". London Evening Standard.
- Langdon, Julia (16 July 2007). "I think it's amazing how unequal we are". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group.
- Bagwell, Matt (19 March 2015). "Angus Deayton Splits From Girlfriend Lise Mayer After 24 Years Together". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Cocozza, Paula (28 August 2015). "Women's Equality party founders: 'It needed doing. So we said, "Let's do it"'". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 12 April 2016.