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Bernard Manning - Manchester's Favourite Comic

13 August 1930 – 18 June 2007

Bernard Manning was initally a singer - initially singing to entertain his fellow soldiers in the immediate post-war Berlin.

Back home he sang professionally, and also working as a compere including more and more jokes in his acts. After much work in comedy clubs and northern Working Men's Clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, Manning made his television debut in the 1970s on Granada TV's stand-up comedy show The Comedians. He went on to compère The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club.

In his later life, although he still toured Britain, he tended to appear most frequently at The Embassy. Set up with his father in 1959, Bernard Manning owned the club in Harpurhey, Manchester, with his son, Bernard Jnr. managing it. The club has played host to many a star - The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Cilla Black (and many others) have all played at the Embassy.

Here is a selection of videos showing Bernard on stage and in a series of interviews. Sit back and enjoy....



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