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Old 10-28-2017, 02:51 PM   #141
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Default Master of Criminal Disguise

On the Benny Hill show, what was the name of the character who was "the master of criminal disguise?"
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I always like Benny Hill, he was inventive, clever and very funny but later on he just didn't move with the times. One thing he did was a lazy man who wouldn't budge for a heavily pregnant wife trying to open a gate bringing him a drink. It was sped up to look silly but I just looked at it and thought this just isn't funny. I think after that he went downhill-so to speak. The tabloids really went for the jugular and that was almost the beginning of the end. I don't think anyone really appreciated just what he brought to British comedy which captured us and the world's imagination and perhaps if had he had changed his outlook, he might still be around. A sad end to a world-famous clown loved by all.
still playing on Ch 68 in Pennsylvania - no swearing in his shows just witty innuendo-
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BUT at least weve got a massive catalogue of Benny's work
on TV from the 1950s ... from black and white to full living colour.
He just lived for TV and seemed to spend his spare time dreaming up comedy sketches.
He also gave opportunity for Louise English and a host of dancers
to get TV work.. Corrine Russel etc
He was also talented at writing comedy songs too
He was just an all round, comic genious !
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very witty with a good command of the English language and musical as well- do not forget his acting role in The Italian Job
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:14 PM   #144
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I have to say something about this thread. I dunno if i'll post much on these forums but anyways....

Benny Hill was a certified comedic genius. I remember watching his show as preteen on the Buffalo FOX affiliate and while I was too young to fully appreciate the humor I did enjoy the Hills Angels and such even if it may have been slightly watered down. I saw a Biography on his life and he was a fascinating man. The whole thing with him being pushed out by Thames Television was disgraceful but alas the political climate was changing.

Hill was a product of a time when comedy was looser. Sure it was risque but it was done so in a cheeky and delightful manner that's not even close to being as crude as some comedians are today. I really love the humor of some of those old British comedy shows especially Are You Being Served? which has to be one of the funniest programs i've ever seen.

It's a damn shame we'll never see another Benny Hill or even a return to the more loose and carefree type of comedy like what AYBS? and other British shows brought us.
whereas Ch 4 and BBC 2 have four letter words as a regular comedy item - not funny without context or humour - certainly not witty -
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Old 08-16-2018, 04:15 PM   #145
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Default Benny at the Edinburgh fringe

This may be of interest to Benny's fans: a one-man show based around his life, and including some of his jokes.
https://www.chortle.co.uk/review/2018/08/16/40889/benny

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A 2 x 90-minute miniseries of Benny's life is also in the works:

https://deadline.com/2018/05/u-s-svo...ll-1202400730/
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