5 things you might not know about comedian Bruce Morton
- Brian Donaldson
- 11 July 2014
The award-winning stand-up has worked on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 and the Greater Shawlands Republic
1 In 1988, Bruce Morton became the inaugural winner of the So You Think You’re Funny? crown, a title claimed the following year by Phil Kay. Rhona Cameron and James Kirk are the other Scots who have taken that particular prize, and we could add Edinburgh-educated Miles Jupp as an honorary local victor if we’re feeling frisky.
2 Four years later, Morton was shortlisted for the Perrier Award alongside Jo Brand, John Shuttleworth and Mark Thomas (whatever became of those three?), and ultimate winners Steve Coogan and John Thomson (where are they now, etc?).
3 That show, Sin, grabbed the attention of the telly folk and in 1993 he had his own four-part Channel 4 series based rather loosely on the deadly sins. For the channel’s Pot Night two years later, he presented Amsterdam by Night in which he stotted around the city’s cannabis cafés. To give you a bit of context, around that time Channel 4 aired the first episodes of Friends, ER and Father Ted. A decade later Morton was on the wireless interviewing fellow stand-ups for Comic to Comic, featuring the likes of Julia Morris, Jenny Eclair, Andy Parsons and Jeremy Hardy.
4 Alongside Andrew Learmonth, Morton has been fronting the regular ‘satire cabaret’ of Greater Shawlands Republic. ‘We seek autonomy for the Southside of Glasgow’ is their ultimate aim. Or maybe it’s just to make people have a good old laugh. Morton also likes to wear a beret and shades from time to time.
5 He’s recently been learning to play the mandolin.
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