Friday, January 21, 2011
Born on this day in 1924, Benny Hill may have occupied one of the lower rungs on Britain's comedy ladder, but what his humour lacked in subtlety and sophistication it more than made up for in popularity and laughs. Snobs may turn up their noses, but every so often I like a good cleavage joke, y'know? Plus that bit with the pheasant plume beneath the lady's farthingale is a riot!
At the time of Hill's death in April 1992 he was a national treasure, one whose low-brow antics were nevertheless as beloved as he was... Even more amazing is that they were mainly done without dialogue, which for a writer is both a revelation and a warning...
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