Adding the Benny Hill Theme to Anything Makes it Funny


58 Responses to “Adding the Benny Hill Theme to Anything Makes it Funny”

  1. Browntown says:

    I have always agreed with this sentiment. I’ve always wanted to stage a production of Hamlet where all the dead people get up and start chasing Hamlet around to “Yakety Sax”. That or every one gets up and starts partying to Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” like ending of the “Burns, Baby Burns” episode of The Simpsons. Either one would make me happy.

  2. Miss Cellania says:

    Yakety Sax goes a long way, but to get the full effect of the Benny Hill treatment, you must also speed up at least part of the video. Here are some more:

  3. phillamb168 says:

    So, yeah, most of these are funny, but the 9/11 riff, and to a lesser extent the landmine one, are -way- out of line. Some of us lost friends when those buildings went down. It’s not something to laugh at.

  4. FourFiveFire says:

    The landmine one would work a whole lot better if there kept being Monty Pythonesque explosions after the initial one. And also, if everybody were suddenly in bikinis. ESPECIALLY the victims.

  5. Takuan says:

    the Benny Hill Apocalypse

  6. brutalpootle says:

    Here’s a video of some goons stealing a motorbike. Someone caught them on their cameraphone and I added the soundtrack.

  7. Kieran O'Neill says:

    #6: It’s the first thing I thought of. Passion of the Benny Hill, for those wondering.

  8. Enry Iggins says:

    Maybe its the financial crisis that makes us turn to the absurd.

    I just saw an identical posting on earlier this week! Shrimp, Yakety Sax and all! Seems we need a little Benny Hill to make things a bit lighter!

  9. pstarr says:

    hmmm. not to be a killjoy but landmines? not so much.

  10. jackie31337 says:

    Night-vision cats and Yakety Sax is pretty good too. Man that guy rolls around a lot in his sleep!

  11. Bloo says:

    Please update the original post to reference “Yakety Sax”; Boots Randolph should get some credit.

  12. mhlaxp says:

    As long as we’re hitting these internet phenomena at the height of their popularity, I thought I’d make a hamster dance joke. And there it was.

  13. Pjotor says:

    Immortal + Yakety Sax:

    This almost made me piss my pants.

  14. imipak says:

    Anyone ever noticed that the degree of humour that can be extracted from an awful tragedy of human misery pain and suffering is inversely proportional to the likely degrees of separation of the social group from the victims of said misery pain & suffering?

    So… there are these three James Blunts, see, walking down the street, when they see a bar…

  15. Talia says:

    the trading floor guys link is frigging hilarious. Well, I mean I feel bad for them and all, but comedy GOLD.

  16. shhexycorin says:

    I’ve made a couple…

    And we have a Benny Hill Video group on Flickr

    It’s good to know I’m not alone.

  17. giantnegro says:

    I put yakety sax over a sounding rocket launch:

  18. bobolikebeer says:

    Personal Fav… meme gold! National Socialists + Yakety Sax

  19. Anonymous says:

    My brother wanted to play Bioshock, but was terrified by the ambient noise and the cries of the Splicers. So, he put Yakety Sax on repeat as he played it.
    For a full hour.

  20. KthulhuKultist says:

    Coilhouse beat you to the punch on this one Monday…

  21. Anonymous says:

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  22. Talia says:

    As an aside, the shrimp on a treadmill video has many musical variations. Its apparently a bit viral.

    this one is my personal favorite.

    There is also:

    Willishrimp Tell’s Overture

    color changing gangsta shrimp

    Ok GoShrimp

    Remixed Daft Punk shrimp

    dragonforce shrimp

    and ok, this one is pretty funny too

    they see him rollin’, they hatin

  23. feelinglstless says:

    With Eminem and Doctor Who:

    “This feels like a job for me…”

  24. brainologist says:

    @#44 — Oh man, even a discussion of Yakety Sax videos obeys Godwin’s law.

    I think we’ve bumped into an analogue of Rule 34: If you can imagine it, and imagine it sped up, somewhere on the internet someone has put it to the Benny Hill music.

  25. Anonymous says:

    You forgot about the footage of Benny Hill’s funeral:

  26. jbang says:

    So funny you can’t even prepare for it.

    yakety Sax + Shrimp + coffee = dirty LCD!

  27. jrtom says:

    A sort of inversion of the theme:

    Click on the text below the clip to see what this cycles (heh) through when you click on it.

    (It’s an inversion in the sense that it’s a single clip that allows the visitor to pick a soundtrack from a set of options. It’s really amazing how it changes one’s interpretation of the scene and the characters.)

  28. Ugly Canuck says:

    And now, yakety axe:

    Note: this is not as easy to play as Atkins makes it seem.

  29. Santa's Knee says:

    That would be “Yakety Sax”:

  30. trr says:

    Adding Hill’s Angels would be good too.

  31. Matt Staggs says:

    I think you’re on to something here!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Are you sure this rule always holds true?

    Never mind. It does.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Benny Hill / “In Da Club” mashup:

  34. mikeyla says:

    Trying to test the idea, I found an excellent video of a theoretical Palin presidency, and added the Benny Hill theme song. Turns something frightening into something completely hilarious!

    Here it is (proper link):

  35. t3knomanser says:

    What? No Passion of the Christ/”Yakety Sax” mashup? I can’t link you, I’m at work. Someone google that up and post it. It’s sacrilicious!

  36. kryptik says:

    My contribution to the Yakety Sax canon:
    People playing frisbee badly: boring
    People playing frisbee badly slightly sped up and with Yakety Sax laid over: funny

  37. squeeziecat says:

    LOVE IT!

    we had a pet crayfish – it kept me entertained with hours of pure entertainment. wish i’d thought to put it on a treadmill…or added a soundtrack, for that matter.

    NOTE: if you’re considering getting a crayfish as a pet, make sure you put a lid on your tank. crayfish will escape and crawl around the house, Annie Hall style.

  38. Brett Burton says:

    More proof that British comedy is so much more advanced than that of the US.

  39. doktor tchock says:

    I honestly found the 9/11 one kinda cathartic. It felt weird and interesting to laugh at that footage, but in some way it just allowed me to use a different part of my brain in conjunction with 9/11 thoughts. I’m probably just overanalyzing a something awful forum creation, but that’s what I do…

  40. danielorf says:

    I’ve been testing this theory for several years now and I’ve found that the Benny Hill theme by itself does not always work, but speed up the footage and play Benny Hill and only then does EVERYTHING become funny. Guaranteed.

  41. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Anonymous @45, I think that one works better when you’re making fun of your own sorrows, not so much when you’re making fun of someone else’s.

  42. Bouncy Bouncy says:

    Adding the Benny Hill Theme to Anything Makes it Funny.

    Except, paradoxically, The Benny Hill Show.

  43. Neuracnu says:

    No one is immune, not even those infamous ottoman humping gigolos.

  44. Takuan says:

    what does adding “Puffing’ Billy ” to anything do?

  45. Gainclone says:

    Very funny, except for perhaps that landmine ad. It’s a bit tragic.

  46. Steven Brewer says:

    Here’s is an attempt to push the envelope that I haven’t seen anyone else post yet:

    • Antinous says:

      Here’s is an attempt to push the envelope that I haven’t seen anyone else post yet:

      It’s in Xeni’s post.

  47. Sekino says:

    It’s so true!!! I guess this somewhat proves that music is more powerful than visuals.

    Must… resist… new obssession!

  48. rikchik says:

    Even pulling weeds in Animal Crossing obeys this rule:

  49. Red Leatherman says:

    Amazing how well that works
    And did you know that adding the word monkey has a similar effect when added to a word or sentance?
    yeah, that’ll keep you monkey boing boingers busy for a while. hehehe

  50. Sekino says:

    @ #12

    Okay, this is officially the funniest thing I’ve seen all day. How do people come up with stuff like that??

  51. nnguyen says:

    omg the sad guys on trading floors pics are great. The last one on the first page had me actually laughing out loud.

    “Uh oh. The market has gone from “face palm” to “face fist.””

    Hehehe, easily recognizable internet meme humor ftw!

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