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One of the world's most beloved comedians, Britain's outrageous Benny Hill, hits the streets of New York City and does his best to take a big bite out of the Big Apple, with hilarious results! He embraces the city with all his bumbling enthusiasm, mastering rap, demonstrating the finer points of picking up a New York woman and learning how to assist a beautiful cosmopolitan damsel in distress. Of course, no Benny program would be complete without Hill playing a few female roles. He's both Dr. Ruth Westhiemer and Roseanne Barr in a hysterical skit called "Ask Dr. Ruth" and dons drag for A Streetcar Named Desire. With legendary comedian Joey Faye and actress Lee Meredith, this program keeps you laughing from beginning to end... a true Benny Hill classic! Benny Hill's Final Television Special!
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There's been criticism of him recycling jokes but I've always felt that this is essentially an unfair criticism considering that Hill's comedy programs, for Thames TV, aired a couple of times a year from the late '60s through the late '80s and chances are that viewers weren't going to recall a joke or set-up line when his programs were spaced apart by a period of months. Now, unfortunately, as a result of his hour long shows having long been edited and spliced together in half hour installments for international syndication, a lot of clips that in real time had been taped years apart could often be seen in one single half hour episode...with the possibility of back to back half hour episodes featuring sketches that had similar set-up lines and gags. A lot of the time I happen to feel that comedians love to cling to sure-fire jokes and gags and play around with the timing, etc. in hopes maybe getting bigger laughs the next time they tell the joke. All comedians do it.
In a lot of ways, and it's my opinion, I tend to think that by this point in his career and the enormous success the syndicated program enjoyed in America, that this special was designed to allow his American fan-base the opportunity to see him perform his brand of humor and classic jokes/gags in person. Much like a country or pop singer giving a concert, you mainly go to see the artist sing their 'hits' and anything new they're working on. In the case of Benny Hill's New York special it comes off the same as his prior programs for Thames TV. There's a lot of singing, patter, impressions, double entendre, innuendo, and a sped up sketch.
Also, just like the concert scenario earlier mentioned, Benny delivers the 'hits' in the form of beloved gags, both visual and verbal, that fans come to expect and some things that are new such as the mockery of Dr. Ruth and Roseanne Barr (as a visual gag, note the jiggling) and a parody, of sorts, on Indiana Jones titled "Raiders of the Lost Jungle" in which Benny plays a frustrated director speaking to an unseen Harrison Ford. The various sketches on this program could easily be lifted from the special and edited together with clips from any program of his from the 1980's or even the late 1970's and I bet a viewer, not familiar with this New York special, would insist that any number of these clips originated during the "classic years".
Long time side-kicks Henry McGee and Bob Todd are featured in several of the sketches...and that causes me to wonder why another reviewer proclaimed that there's nobody on this special from Benny's older programs. The funniest sketches involve Benny's spoof of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; Benny's Chinese character, Chow Mein, as a ventriloquist; the Cold sketch featuring Henry McGee attempting to decipher the slang expressions of Hill's character; and then the bar/gangster sketch that leads into the end credits featuring a sped-up chase that often ended his TV programs as Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax" plays in the background. In the bar scene, one of the bad guys looked like Jackie Wright, known as 'the little bald guy' by many Benny Hill fans. He died in 1989 and so Benny must've found a distant look-a-like for this sketch.
This is a cute, funny, and hilarious display of comedy from Benny Hill and considering that one of the reasons for Hill's program being canceled by Thames TV in 1989, a couple of years prior to this special, is that Hill appeared tired...well, this special goes a long way of showing that Benny Hill could still deliver the goods and flash those facial expressions just as before and his timing remained impeccable. Sure, Benny is older, everyone ages, but his style and his comedic timing and delivery and the joy he obviously had performing is clearly abundant in this New York special.
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