June 27, 2003
Bernard Manning

Did anybody watch that BBC TV documentary programme about Bernard Manning visiting Mumbai last night?

I could not but help feel sorry for this man. It’s not because of the tiredness of his jokes - which often have overtly racist overtones - or even the fact that he seems to have had his life reduced to being escorted everywhere by a minder and a nurse - due to his diabetic condition. Nope - it is not because he couldn’t cope with his inability to make the citizens of Mumbai laugh instantaneously at his particular brand of stand-up comedy - nor is it because he cannot articulate a single sentence without several illogically interpolated utterances of the word “fucking” (which he says in broad Northern accent).

No - it’s none of these things. I feel sorry for Bernard Manning because of something he declared at the end of the programme:

Bernard Manning’s “best place in the whole world” is - Blackpool.

Why Blackpool?

Posted by jag at June 27, 2003 06:37 AM

i missed that one… :( quenching my thirst for other american TV.. namely Angel, but by the ads.… it didn’t look good for him

Posted by: Jaina on June 27, 2003 11:15 AM

Yes - it seems he didn’t enjoy it at all. Frankly - I’m not surprised.

Posted by: Jag on June 27, 2003 04:08 PM

“Bernard’s Bombay Dream (Channel 4) was unexpectedly painful. Bernard Manning is 73, diabetic and physically indistinguishable from Jabba the Hut but he is mentally light on his feet and, when he smiles, his face shines like a buttered crumpet.”
Friday’s TV Review in The Guardian (scroll down).

Posted by: Stu on June 27, 2003 08:08 PM

Thx for the link Stu. A very good synopsis! The “microphone” incident had me in hysterics! It was totally cringeworthy - I really did feel so sorry for him.

Posted by: Jag on June 27, 2003 09:23 PM

It did sound bad (but good…). Hopefully they’ll repeat it.

Posted by: Stu on June 28, 2003 12:52 AM

I had bernard manning at my pub the night before Bernards bombay dream was screened. He took the place by storm. I sold that show out in 2 days, had him back the following week due to the demand for tickets, and I have to say what a great guy he is. Oh yea, booked him for october 1st and guess what, sold out again on the stregnth of a poster in a couple of local shops.Myself and regulars have nothing but admiration and if you ever get the chance to see him he is well worth the money. long live BM!!

Posted by: phil daniel on September 19, 2003 02:48 AM

Hi Phil - many thanks for your comment! I will now make a point of going to see Bernard if he coems down to a local venue here in London.

Posted by: Jag on September 19, 2003 08:26 AM

I think Bernard is ace. Try his web site www.bernardmanning.homestead.com

That is hilarious

Posted by: Gary on October 24, 2003 06:47 PM

You were right that web site is funny. It also gives you an insight in what Bernard is really like. I never knew he did so much for charity including helping coloured people as well as whites!!

Posted by: Simon St John on November 22, 2003 06:32 PM

Doesn’t seem to be there now?

Posted by: Stu on January 9, 2004 01:33 AM

I felt sorry for him. His working class humour does not work with educated Indians. And it’s the same thing over here his audience are working class who are not really well cultured. (No disrespect to them). But the pleasure of a pig is different from that of horse. Has he ever performed at ascot or well to do places? Or has he?

Oh well he can thank the worlds different cultures for where he is today, because if they never exited. BM would not of existed. So he has alot to thank them for.

Posted by: jas on February 5, 2004 06:20 PM

I saw that show and I saw BM going down very well in the Jazz by the Sea club, and the crowd calling for more at the end. The fact is that Bernard’s manager Chris Graham (im sure a great guy) should not have put him up for it. No comedian would have received high laughter because of the nature of the club. The people did not say after that they did not enjoy it, if you watch the people talking after one said she thought he was doing well. This indicates that a very serious approach to entertainment is normal. The club had ever had stand up comedy and that was the first time. Bernard played Vegas, and Bombay, and went down well in both. Get over it that he has more balls than most comics and that people do laugh at his jokes. Also remember that around 3% of his act is aimed at racist jokes. Watch his videos and you will see.

Posted by: Scott Gunnell on June 12, 2004 11:20 PM
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