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The Benny Hill Chase

Published: 4/20/2012

 Benny Hill poses giving his trade-mark salute during a visit to New York Nov. 17, 1989. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Benny Hill was a beloved and accomplished comedian. His iconic sketch comedy TV show ran for almost 40 years, becoming a staple of British television. He appeared in movies, played a part in the 1986 Genesis video "Anything She Does," and had his own No. 1 hit song, "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)." Benny Hill offended and delighted the viewing public in equal measures.

But perhaps his greatest legacy is the theme song to The Benny Hill Show (a.k.a. "Yakety Sax" by Boots Randolph). The wacky tune has long outlived the show it was once connected to, and any time you hear the first few notes, you know you're in for hijinks… most likely in sped-up form.

Twenty years after Benny Hill's death, we're enjoying a few of our favorite silly videos set to his show's theme song.





Here are some fainting goats, keeling over to the tune of "Yakety Sax."

 

 

A shrimp on a treadmill, running while "Yakety Sax" plays? Sure.

 

 

 

 

Of course, the classic use of the song is a Benny Hill-style chase scene. Here's how they do it in The Lord of the Rings.

 

 

 

 

Written by Linnea Crowther
 

 

 

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