Lise Mayer
Lise Mayer


29 November, 1959


Chicago, Illinois, USA



Years Active


Lise Mayer (born November 29, 1959) 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.

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

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. Her sister Cassie Mayer is a talent agent who represents many comedians. Another sister, Catherine Mayer, is a senior editor at Time magazine.