(Alfred) (1924-1992) English comedian. His television shows, which first appeared in 1952, combined the bawdy humor of the seaside postcard with the manic slapstick of the silent cinema, a format which he perfected but never really changed.
Hill was born in Southampton. His early career included work as a milkman and a period in the army during World War II, where he also appeared as a forces entertainer. As well as writing all the scripts and music for his shows, he often played all the characters himself. Regarded as too risqué early in his career, he was later condemned for being sexist, but many critics nevertheless saw him as the last of the great visual comics.
ETYM Old Eng. hil, hul, AS. hyll; akin to OD. hille, hil, Latin collis, and prob. to Eng. haulm, holm, and column. Related to Holm.
A local and well-defined elevation of the land.