Friday, June 22, 2007
Bernard Manning v Charlie Williams - you pays your money and you makes your choice
Even people with the most awful reputations are often as nice as pie in their private lives.
Apparently, butter wouldn't melt in the mouth of Ian Paisley once he closes the door to the microphones and cameras.
On his death earlier this week, Bernard Manning received some glowing tributes from Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Cyril Smith, particularly for his charity work. It should also be remembered that he ran his own successful nightclub for many years.
But I didn't like his jokes or warm to him as a personality. (Then again, I don't like some other comedians, like Jim Davidson, for example.) And I will find it difficult to erase the memory of Manning being interviewed in his underwear.
Bernard Manning came to national fame in "The Comedians" which was produced by Granada Television in the 1970s. One of the other comedians on that programme was Charlie Williams. Now there was a comedian who made me laugh and had the ability to be universally loved by the public. He died last September.
It is fascinating that the same programme produced comedians at the opposite end of the scale, as far as many people are concerned. There was much debate about Manning on Question Time last night. But, you pays your money and you makes your choice.
Goodness, it's nice to blog about something other than JobsforLordsgate!