Back when I was in college, I would watch The Benny Hill Show between classes almost religiously when it showed in syndication on Comedy Central in the afternoons. It was the greatest...short attention span TV with great, hilarious skits, mostly about older English gentlemen getting hit in the groin, slapping each other on the head, scantily-clad women and running around at double-speed.
I've loved the show since I was a kid, as I wasn't wise enough at that point in the culture of my English ancestors to appreciate most of the stuff the Monty Python lads were putting out. The videos are still great rents, and much of the humor (being based on perversion) is timeless. I think he coined the term “dirty old man“.
The show did a lot for comedy - for editing, for writing, for sight-gags. But what most people don't realize is the wit he used...a lot of the funniest jokes were often tongue-in-cheek or not as obvious as falling down a flight of stairs. But it was all good...and all funny. Benny Hill a couple of days before my birthday, the year I graduated from high school.
Before South Park, before The Man Show, before all the shock & extreme comedies, there was Benny.