Manning often courted controversy because he was one of the few English comedians whose act often contained views which were commonly aired in the United Kingdom during the 1970s, though are now seen by some as socially unacceptable. Critics regarded much of Manning's humour as racist, although Manning himself denied this.
In my view, he was a very funny man, and although many felt he was racist, I disagree. Yes, he did make fun of black people, but he also made fun of white people, old people, young people, gay people, straight people, males, females and he even made fun of himself. He also did a great deal for charity.
I would much rather deal with subjects such as racial tension with humour, rather than constant serious political debate. It is a shame that the PC brigade are so prominent nowadays and that nobody is allowed to offend anybody else anymore. After all, like Manning said, "I tell jokes. You never take a joke seriously" .