50 years ago forty white men chasing a black man was the Ku Klux Klan...Nowadays it's the US Open ...Bernard Manning was a reminder of when we were all racists. I used to love "The Comedians" when I was a kid in the 1970s, and as it was the one of the biggest shows on TV, I suspect I wasn't alone.
In my defence I got better, and nowadays it's rare for me to enjoy humour directed at people who have enough problems without being the butt of jokes.
I wonder if his sort of comedy will ever return. Does comedy have fashions that come round on infinite loop, or is it evolving into something that is victimless (or at least chooses more legitimate targets)?
Here's a fitting reminder of the late Mr Manning's razor-sharp intellect and insight. It sums up why the fat, thick old bigot will be so little missed.
"Hitler was good for Germany at that time. There were 8 million unemployed in Germany when he took over and he put them on their feet. That's not to say he didn't go the wrong way and went a bit potty at the end."