Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Benny Hill is Toast

(cue Boots Randolph's "Yakkity Sax"...better known as the "Benny Hill Theme")

Ah, Benny Hill...how I miss his program! This beloved icon of British comedy (who also appeared in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a fugitive toymaker) has been a favorite of many over the past few decades as a result of his comic wit, his classic impersonations, his skillful use of visual comedy (i.e. no dialog, just side-splittingly funny action punctuated with clever sound effects and that unforgettable background music), and, most of all, his baby face.

Well, now his face is toast...literally. British artist Lenny Payne has made a portrait of him using 72 pieces of white bread and a blowtorch. The picture is of Benny Hill as his regular character, accident-prone inventor/adventurer Fred Scuttle. Lenny has made toast portraits of other celebrities as well, but he says that his Benny picture is his best to date.

Click on the link to see the picture in the original Sun article. Unfortunately, the owners are just too anal to let me link the image directly. (How stereotypically English of them...)

Now pardon me. I'm off...to play the graaaaand piaaaaano.

13 comments:

Seymour said...

I can only hope that someday my portrait will appear on a big slab of MEAT! Wait a minute....it already is!!

DewKid said...

mmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEAT!

Pandabonium said...

Nice portrait. Marmelade?

I used to watch him on PBS. Great stuff. He was one of a kind.

Grand piano? Hmmm, as Benny once said,“Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright, they're grand.”


egdjalws - a Southern dish made with eggs and pig jowls.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Actually, that grand piano bit was borrowed from a Monty Python sketch.

Hmm...

bbbbbbbBRRRRRRRRRRRRREAD!

Nope, it just doesn't cut it.

Mr. Bean said...

I will be very suspicious if Lenny claims to find a picture of Jesus on his toast and puts up for Auction on eBay.

Mr. Bean said...

Next up, Lenny lays out a loaf of bread and it miraculously turns into a toast picture of Jesus, which he auctions off on eBay.

Biggles said...

I say, Bean, old chap! Allow me to open my eBay and bombs awaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!

Yoda said...

And what say you, Mr. Bean, if into a cabbage Lenny's bread turns? Still sell it on eBay he will think you?

Toast, or toast not. There is no bread.

Pandabonium said...

Eccl. 11 says "Cast your bread on the surface of the waters for you will find it after many days. Devide your portion to seven or eight."

That's how we got pizza.

DewKid said...

mmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEAT!

(that's odd, I feel like I just said that...)

John Cleese said...

We apologize for the excessive repetition in this thread.

John Cleese said...

We apologize for the excessive repetition in this thread.

Pa've said...

Meat on toast! With lettuce and toomato and ketchup...