Bernard Manning
Bernard Manning

Bernard Manning

  • Stand-up comedian

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Michael Parkinson's best interviews with comedians

Michael Parkinson, the chat show host who did so much to launch and promote comedians - most notably giving Billy Connolly his big break - has died at the aged of 88. Here are some of the best interviews he conducted with comedians aver his seven-decade career.

Chortle, 17th August 2023

Sexist comedy is back: Jordan Gray is Bernard Manning for the woke set

Let me get this right. When Jerry Sadowitz gets his knob out during a comedy routine it's an outrage, a vile, misogynistic crime against decency. The beast must be cancelled. But when Jordan Gray gets his knob out during a comedy routine - I say comedy... - it's 'iconic', deserving of 'praise', possibly the 'TV MOMENT OF THE YEAR!'. What's with the double standard? It's simple: Gray is trans, and that means he can do whatever the fuck he wants.

Berndan O'Neill, Spiked, 24th October 2022

Make 'em laugh: Manchester's comedy greats remembered

The performers who put the city on the map for comedy and entertainment from the 1950s to the present day.

Henry Hochland, Manchester Evening News, 21st June 2017

Phoenix Nights was written for Bernard Manning

Peter Kay has said that he wrote his Phoenix Nights lead character for controversial stand-up Bernard Manning.

Press Association, 5th March 2017

10 moments that made Brass Eye the funniest show ever

The brainchild of enigmatic satirist Chris Morris, Channel 4's Brass Eye only lasted for six episodes and a special - albeit the most controversial one of all time.

Jon O'Brien, Metro, 29th January 2017

7 clips that prove Chris Morris's also a musical genius

Looking back at Morris's body of work, 20 years after the first episode of Brass Eye was broadcast on January 29, 1997, it's clear that few people have combined music and comedy quite as successfully. Whether he's creating strung-out ambient music for a short film about a talking dog or parodying Eminem to highlight the media hysteria surrounding paedophilia, Morris's use of music strikes the balance between creating black comedy and something that's actually listenable. Below are seven of his finest music moments - just be careful not to find yourself jazzing to the bleep tone of a life support machine.

Scott Wilson, Fact Mag, 29th January 2017

James Meehan on comedy's class issues

James Meehan calls for an end to stereotyping, on and off screening.

James Meehan, Chortle, 20th October 2016

Book review: Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan

Comedy is a vicious business but while he admits to rightly loathing Bernard Manning who he has met, On The Buses and to not personally being a fan of Michael McIntyre ("not my cup of tea"), he is remarkably generous about almost everyone he has worked with.

Chris Hallam, , 20th October 2015

Bernard Manning's number plate I LAF is being sold

The late comedian used the number plate for 40 years - but his son is now hoping it can go to a new home.

Manchester Evening News, 13th October 2015

Jim Davidson: I don't think PC is all bad

The controversial stand-up holds forth on Yewtree, Savile, Dappy, Bernard Manning, Stephen Fry and more ahead of his return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Niki Boyle, Time Out, 27th July 2015

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