I miss The Benny Hill Show

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. 

8 Comments

  • Personally, always found it about as funny as a nail in my hand...but I guess my cultural perspective is different...I don;t think it's quite as appreciated in the UK as it seems to be in the US

  • Hi Scott,



    Yeah, I've heard that Benny has a bigger fan club to the left of the Atlantic. :)

  • a few of us were talking recently about how benny died a broke, lonely old man... he was dead for a week or something in his flat before someone noticed...

  • Hi Cameron,



    I've read that despite his success, at the time of his death Benny didn't own his own house or car.

  • "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts."

  • Hi Scott,



    Not like I want to talk bad about a man that gave me so much laughter, especially after he's passed on, but there was a big controversy about his politics and the fact that several people thought he was a bigot.

  • well all i know is that benny hill has to have been one of the funniest comedians of his time, i still really crack up laughng when i see a skit involving Fred Scuttle.

    I think it's a shame the way he died alone but can't we just remember the man for how funny he was and how he managed to bring a smile to everyones face?

  • Can any one give me free downloads of all the benny hill comedy collection in this website. I am really an addict of him. i really wanna his show. Here in Germany, i can't see this shows. so please some one put his collections in this forum or website.





    Bye



    Balamurugan

    Germany.

    calltobala@spymac.com

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