Benny Hill proves once again that he is a comedic genius
Feb 26, 2009
The humor of Benny Hill is something that you generally really like or really dislike. It is a combination of slapstick, wordplay, incongruous situations and exaggerated facial expressions. Hill was a comedic genius in his ability to take situations from daily life and apply his own twist on them. The cover image is from a sketch where Hill is serving as a butler for a children's birthday party where the birthday girl has very wealthy parents. One of the male children is extremely obnoxious and Hill has a difficult time keeping the child and himself in check. As is generally the case, in this segment Hill communicates more and better with facial and bodily expressions rather than verbally. Hill's comedy routines often include scantily clad women; so scanty is their clothing that at times the routines were at the very limit of what could appear on television. If that offends you then Hill is someone to avoid but if that is fine with you, the timing and structure of his routines will impress your comedic sense and leave you laughing. Unlike some of the modern comedians that rely on the shock value of swear words, Hill uses wordplay to create the semblance of swearing without actually going there. For example, in a routine where Hill is returning to his country town, there is a woman dressed as a "floozy" and she sings a song announcing that her name is Buttercup. Hill walks over to her and asks her to "Lift your left buttock up" so that he can get something she is sitting on. That is very funny but you have to pay very close attention if you are to get the entire joke. At times, one has to be British in order to completely get the jokes. That is no truer than in the segment where Hill is the editor of a new tabloid, "The Daily Scuttle." Some of the references are to British public figures so the subjects of the jokes made no sense to me. The comedic genius of Benny Hill remains unappreciated, which is unfortunate as he was one of the best.
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