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


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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2013 07:17:34 GMT
six :)

Posted on 15 Dec 2013 08:48:47 GMT
Tikka says:
I liked both (and Dick Emery). I realise there was a lot of filler in the Python TV series when watching it again now, but the films are mostly good quality throughout. Benny and Dick were comic geniuses of a different type, but whose work was also of its time.

But the funniest? Tough call.

Posted on 30 Dec 2013 05:48:33 GMT
Man of truth says:
Hill is great comic dynamo!

Posted on 30 Dec 2013 05:48:40 GMT
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Posted on 3 Jan 2014 05:52:33 GMT
Man of truth says:
When it comes to great comedy --nobody does it better than Benny Hill.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 08:56:53 GMT
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TomC says:
Nonsense. Colonel Gaddafi was far better.

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 10:45:08 GMT
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Man of truth says:
Benny Hill's life needs to be made into more biogrophies. There is plenty more info on him just waiting to be printed.

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 10:46:56 GMT
Man of truth says:
Don't be sick, Tom. Gadhafi was a deadly murderer of thousands. Nobody to be poking fun at.
Benny was considered the funniest man in the whole UK.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 17:50:34 GMT
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TomC says:
Oh, No, He Wasn't.

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 06:07:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2014 06:09:19 GMT
Man of truth says:
The Benny Hill Story talks about how in the Syria-Lebanon area they loved to tune into the Benny Hill Show. Truthfully it does! Many Arab Benny Hill fans. I will read the book passage tomorrow night that said this.

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 06:08:33 GMT
Man of truth says:
Tom, the 1983 Current Biography article on Hill shows him to be considered to be the funniest man in the whole UK!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 11:46:35 GMT
TomC says:
So Benny Hill fans think Benny Hill was the funniest man in the UK.

Better hold the front page for that one.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 16:44:32 GMT
aye, both of them.

Posted on 5 Jan 2014 03:52:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2014 03:54:40 GMT
On page 201 of The Benny Hill Story it says that CBS said that one of their news people stationed in Beirut,Lebanon said that when Benny comes on Syrian TV every TV antenna in the Mid-East aims towards Damascus and there is de facto ceasefire along the Green Line. Benny Hill keeps the world laughing.

Posted on 5 Jan 2014 03:55:38 GMT
No Tom, tons of people in the UK think Benny Hill is the funniest.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 10:52:23 GMT
TomC says:
And it looks as though the other one has decided to join us!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 10:56:04 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Don't forget to give us an update.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 10:57:02 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Are they both morbidly obese?

Posted on 5 Jan 2014 12:52:39 GMT
I Readalot says:
Fortunately those 'tons' of people are dying out. The only reason youngish people know who Benny Hill is, is because the chase scene along with the music are parodied so often. Found him funny when I was too young to know any better but now just find him cringingly embarrassing to watch.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 12:59:48 GMT
byekitty says:
that is a very good point the chase scene was parodied on a tv show recently and my two young nieces had absolutely no idea what it was about and didn't find it remotely funny

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 20:33:24 GMT
gille liath says:
But then again, what do nieces know about comedy?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 21:52:19 GMT
Anita says:
Nothing. I have some uncles and aunts too... :)

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 02:35:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2014 02:56:50 GMT
Long John Silver, Hamlet, Astronaut Gordon Cooper, Medicare, Prince Phillip, Hadrian's Wall, Egypt, Lady Bird Johnson and more. All references from the childish American sitcom. Gilligan's Island! Highbrow references are overrrated. Just talking about such things does not make your show cerebral. Python had references like these but it was badly acted by amateurs, unfunny and babyish.

The extremely talented Benny Hill Show performer, Suzy Mandel, did a movie with American comic legends Tim Conway and Don Knotts (at least Knotts certainly was a comic legend from his days on the Andy Griffith Show where he won 5 emmys but where Knotts went so did Conway a lot of the time so I'm being charitable about that term). The film was Private Eyes (Mandel had a small but sexy part). Most of the movie was somewhat juvenile (or at least cleanly old fashioned) despite a couple of scenes that were slightly suggestive to younger viewers (true to her being a Benny Hill Show alumni---Mandel was better than the movie and she should have had a bigger part). It takes more than a suggestive scene or two to make a really adult film. Hill was more adult than Python, Hill's show was better written and way better acted (with Hill himself leading the pack) and funnier too.

(PS Neither Knotts nor (especially) Conway were any match for Benny Hill.)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2014 09:22:55 GMT
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gille liath says:
Well it's kind of nice that MoT has someone to agree with him at last.

I like a lot of 60s and 70s comedy (never seen Gilligan's Island though) but BH does very little for me. It's not even particularly good of its kind - it's a bit like a sketch version of It's a Knockout, which is probably why it was popular intenationally.

Comedy can be very simple, or it can be quite cerebral - which does not just mean 'references'. Python covered both extremes, and everything in between. It's better than BH not because it's highbrow, but because it's better.

Oh no it isn't...

Oh yes it is...

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2014 10:56:34 GMT
gille, he's agreeing with himself, that's his alter ego.

i just wish that he'd pull himself up, take himself outdoors, and batter 7 shades out of himself.
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