Bernard John Manning (13 August 1930 -18 June 2007) was an English comedian and nightclub owner. He was born and raised in Manchester in northwest England. Manning told irreverent jokes about people from all walks of life, and his act was best known for material involving ethnic stereotypes and minority groups. This led to frequent criticism that his act was racist, which he always denied, saying: 'I tell jokes. You never take a joke seriously.' Manning became famous on British television during the 1970s, appearing on shows including The Comedians and The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club. The controversy surrounding his act meant that Manning was rarely seen on television in the later part of his career, but he continued to perform in theatres and pubs until his death.
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