When I was a kid in the UK, I used to watch Benny Hill on TV. When I came to the US, I was surprised to learn how popular it was with many Americans, thanks to late night reruns on various cable channels. I'm watching it right now on BBC America, and have to say that it remains pretty darn hilarious.
Benny Hill revered Charlie Chapin and devoted his life to comedy. He never owned a house or car, never married, was rejected by the two women he proposed to, and sadly died alone while watching TV at the age of 68. He left behind an estate worth about 10 million pounds.
Benny Hill was a truly gifted comedian, and if you haven't seen one of his shows for a while, I recommend that you treat yourself to another viewing. It's on at 7pm and 11pm EST during weekdays.
The book Funny, Peculiar chronicles his life story.