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Bio on Benny Hill shows he was considered funnier than Monty Python by various TV stations


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Posted on 14 Nov 2012 22:54:45 GMT
Man of truth says:
Benny is the best.

Posted on 19 Nov 2012 04:00:22 GMT
Man of truth says:
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Posted on 25 Nov 2012 05:54:53 GMT
Man of truth says:
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Posted on 25 Nov 2012 15:40:21 GMT
are you sure Man of Truth...I think I can detect a slight hysterical rising of the voice with each repetition...like an outbreak of atheism in a church choir..when you realise Mr Hill was not all that special. It like the bit in Python when the lumberjacks are manfully singing along with Michael Pail until they realise he is advocating a bit of cross dressing and then they falter..and fall silent.

It is time you - man of 'truth' faltered..hesitated, and doubted...and freed yourself to the wider world of comedy...you've climbed the foot Hill...now head for the mountains..for there lie deeper truths.

Posted on 30 Nov 2012 17:26:06 GMT
I Readalot says:
When I was growing up I thought he was funny, couldn't watch him now though whereas I can watch episodes of 'Allo, Allo' and 'Dad's Army' and still find them funny.

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 03:32:29 GMT
Man of truth says:
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Posted on 31 Dec 2012 16:22:33 GMT
sorry to break this to you 'man of truth'(pah !) - but he is already GONE

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2013 08:57:35 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
That's what a lot of people were saying when his shows were being broadcast!!!

Posted on 23 Feb 2013 15:24:42 GMT
Man of truth says:
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Posted on 25 Feb 2013 23:03:40 GMT
Man of truth says:
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Posted on 26 Feb 2013 09:30:18 GMT
Dan Fante says:
He hid it well.

Posted on 26 Feb 2013 22:06:46 GMT
Someone said the Hancock was not funny and I suppose they may be right today. Yet in the late 1950's, the streets were deserted when Hancock's half hour was on the radio. Unfortunately Hancock did not translate very successfully to television.

Posted on 5 Mar 2013 16:04:35 GMT
Mr. G. Regis says:
I once asked a working class family if they enjoyed watching Monty Python, they told me that it was not their type of humour. Monty was more of a middle/upper class 'chattering classes' comedy, most of the British public probably would of watched 'lower brow' middle of the road comedies such as the Dick Emery Show, Mike Yarwood, Benny Hill and Tommy Cooper

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2013 11:41:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2013 11:51:46 GMT
gille liath says:
Oh - did you enjoy your visit to the working classes?

In my experience you're wrong. Most people who know their comedy love Python, whatever their class. And no doubt the easily-pleased of all classes love Tommy Cooper...

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2013 13:39:00 GMT
I Readalot says:
gille - could probably have ask 'a' middle class or 'a' upper class family and got the same answer. A persons sense of humour cuts across such artificial boundaries. From a 'working class' family and when it was first shown some of us liked Monty P and some didn't get it at all (including my Dad).

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2013 19:47:11 GMT
gille liath says:
Dads eh?

I wouldn't go so far as to say they're artificial, but I don't think they shed that much light on TV comedy preferences.

I first saw Python when I was in 6th form college (an ordinary state college) at the end of the 80s. All the lads watched and loved it - we were probably exactly the right age - but I don't think many girls were into it. That was the difference if anything.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2013 20:03:54 GMT
I Readalot says:
Bet you were all quoting Dead Parrot and Cheese Shop sketches. I still have the album Matching Tie and Handkerchief on vinyl. Think you are right about not many girls being into it, I just liked the completely surreal nature of it.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2013 09:15:15 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Were you conducting a survey into the comedy preferences of the working classes at the time? Unusual that the whole family would share the same view, surely. Did you like the same TV shows as your parents when you were growing up?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2013 10:03:03 GMT
Mr. G. Regis says:
It was a mother and father with the kids present in the room, so of course it was not a comprehensive study of working class families.

Posted on 7 Mar 2013 14:59:33 GMT
Merlin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2013 15:57:44 GMT
I Readalot says:
I disagree. Always found it very funny.

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 19:19:15 GMT
Chris says:
I did see a clip of Benny Hill that made me laugh. He went into a cafe or something, and Push was written on the door, and Pull on the other side. When he went up to the waitress, she had a nametag on her right knocker with Pat written on it. Made me giggle anyway.
It does irk me a bit though that some people still think of the best of British comedy as being made up of Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Fawlty Towers. There's been so much great comedy in the last 20 years. Partridge, Spaced, Blackadder, Mighty Boosh, Vic and Bob, League of Gentlemen, Black Books, Chris Morris' various outings, Lee and Herring, Adam and Joe, John Shuttleworth, and plenty of others.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2013 12:02:01 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Sarcasm, mate, sarcasm. It's a mainstay of British humour, even amongst us proles.

Posted on 21 Mar 2013 00:28:43 GMT
Man of truth says:
Benny and best both start with "be"!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 09:33:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2013 12:29:06 GMT
I Readalot says:
As does Beelzebub and Beaujolais so the point is?
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