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Bernard Manning...

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Comedy star Bernard Manning dies

Controversial comedian Bernard Manning has died at the age of 76, The Embassy Club - his comedy venue in Manchester - has confirmed.
He shot to fame in the 1970s on ITV programme The Comedians and was renowned for his off-colour humour.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6765093.stm



Now he has passed away will he be viewed as a comedy great with a rogueish act making jokes out of everybody.
Or simply a bigot?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I wasn't really old enough to see him live really. By the time I was old enough to watch him, he'd already been pretty much chucked out of TV, and from interviews, he did seem like a bit of a racist twat. Doesn't mean he wasn't a talented comedian though. But like I said, I've never sat down and watched one of his shows from start to finish, so I can't really have an opinion on how good he was.

    RIP though.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    good riddance.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No great loss.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Shit, what are the BNP going to do for their Christmas party then ??

    Still I heard Jim Davidson is still avaliable. :D
  • BunnieBunnie TheSite's sweetie pie Posts: 6,099
    Ill be honest, never found him funny at all.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    About time
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Calvin wrote: »
    Shit, what are the BNP going to do for their Christmas party then ??

    Still I heard Jim Davidson is still avaliable. :D

    :lol::lol::lol:

    Post of the week!

    Maybe it's because i'm quite pissed but that really did make me laugh!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    He was a bigoted old fool, but I don't think he was racist, because he was abusive to everyone.

    I'm not going to be nice just 'cause he's dead, but I never understood why he was so vilified. I thought he was fairly funny, and the people who were offended by him were just the usual whingey moany PC twats who get offended by everything.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I always liked his turkey drumsticks.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kermit wrote: »
    He was a bigoted old fool, but I don't think he was racist, because he was abusive to everyone.

    I'm not going to be nice just 'cause he's dead, but I never understood why he was so vilified. I thought he was fairly funny, and the people who were offended by him were just the usual whingey moany PC twats who get offended by everything.

    Good post, think you've summed up what i think better than i could have put it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kermit wrote: »
    He was a bigoted old fool, but I don't think he was racist, because he was abusive to everyone.

    was he abusive to working class mancunians? i think jimmy carr asked that question once
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bri-namite wrote: »
    I always liked his turkey drumsticks.

    :lol:

    They were bootiful :D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kermit wrote: »
    He was a bigoted old fool, but I don't think he was racist, because he was abusive to everyone.

    I'm not going to be nice just 'cause he's dead, but I never understood why he was so vilified. I thought he was fairly funny, and the people who were offended by him were just the usual whingey moany PC twats who get offended by everything.

    So objecting to calling black people "jungle bunnies" is PC whinging is it?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    He didnt only tell Racist jokes, he told every kind of joke going, he spent a whole week with a black guy who was a major campaigner against racism who concluded Manning was a a har,less lovable old fashioned comic that should be enjoyed.

    He hardly deserves to have it said he deserved to die for a few jokes... he wasnt Hitler or Stalin or Lenin or Himmler was he?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No, he didn't only tell racist jokes. He was however, racist. He admitted as much himself.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bri-namite wrote: »
    I always liked his turkey drumsticks.
    :D:lol:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kermit wrote: »
    He was a bigoted old fool, but I don't think he was racist, because he was abusive to everyone.

    I'm not going to be nice just 'cause he's dead, but I never understood why he was so vilified. I thought he was fairly funny, and the people who were offended by him were just the usual whingey moany PC twats who get offended by everything.

    That's funny, because I thought he was lacking humour with or without racist material, and the people who defended him were just the usual whingey moany closeted-fascist "in my day 'n i g g e r' was a fun word, before the world went PC-mad" twats who use political correctness as a catch-all argument clincher no matter how dubious it is.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bri-namite wrote: »
    I always liked his turkey drumsticks.

    **begins to wonder if Bri was joking or really did think he made those drunmsticks** :chin:

    :D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Meh. Sometimes funny, usually offensive.
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    I thought he was just boring tbh - but this comment is a bit :eek2:
    http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/marcus_brigstocke/2007/06/surplus_manning.html
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    **Helen** wrote: »
    I thought he was just boring tbh - but this comment is a bit :eek2:
    http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/marcus_brigstocke/2007/06/surplus_manning.html


    Yeah, I get an impression he wasn't a big Bernard fan...

    "He did have great timing - everyone will say that over the next few days, and I would join them - except that it is no compliment. Manning had great timing ... yeah, and that mentally ill lad who murdered all those kids at Virginia Tech was a bloody good shot, but that's hardly the point, is it?"

    Great quote that though



    Edited to add: Some of the posts people are making in response are well worth a read too
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Blagsta wrote: »
    No, he didn't only tell racist jokes. He was however, racist. He admitted as much himself.

    When did he admit he was a racist?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bullseye wrote: »
    When did he admit he was a racist?

    on mrs merton .....

    i wonder if all these people going on about how he was bigoted and are glad he is dead, have never told an irish joke, sexist, or a gay joke......

    unless its a knock knock joke, or a joke suitable for kids, most jokes that do the rounds would/could cause offence to Someone, somewhere

    i'm a woman....i find some sexist jokes funny.....as long as its light hearted i dont see a problem

    *awaits abuse*
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Bullseye wrote: »
    When did he admit he was a racist?

    On the Mrs Merton show. They played a clip on the news last night.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Littleali wrote: »
    on mrs merton .....

    i wonder if all these people going on about how he was bigoted and are glad he is dead, have never told an irish joke, sexist, or a gay joke......

    unless its a knock knock joke, or a joke suitable for kids, most jokes that do the rounds would/could cause offence to Someone, somewhere

    i'm a woman....i find some sexist jokes funny.....as long as its light hearted i dont see a problem

    *awaits abuse*

    The difference is that Manning got paid to do it and made racism appear acceptable.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Blagsta wrote: »
    The difference is that Manning got paid to do it and made racism appear acceptable.

    aye

    but if us meer mortals did find racist/sexist/homophobic jokes funny, he wouldnt have been as successful/rich as he was...
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