Bruce Morton

Scotland ’s acclaimed comic, storyteller and social commentator was a founder of the Funny Farm Comedy Collective which in 1989 helped kick-start the Scottish stand-up scene. UK attention soon followed for Bruce with his appearances on C4’s Halfway to Paradise in 1990, before writing and performing his own C4 shows, Shoe Fetishist’s Guide and, in 1993, the series Sin with Bruce Morton.

Milestones along the way include a Perrier Nomination at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, two UK tours and a critically acclaimed one-man show Blood Below the Window, premiered at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 1998 and which prompted The Independent to comment, “Bruce Morton is not so much re-writing the rule book as throwing it away”. The show was subsequently adapted as a BBC Radio 4 afternoon drama. 

Television - performing and presenting credits include:

BBC - Rab C Nesbitt, Saturday Night Clyde, Paramount City, Blood Tied and Colour Blind, Edinburgh Nights, TV6, The Late Show, The Live Floor Show & Still Game.

C4 - Catholics and Sex, Halfway To Paradise, The Shoe Fetishist’s, Guide to Bruce Morton, Sin with Bruce Morton & Amsterdam by Night.

C5 - Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment, The Jack Docherty Show & Wowfabgroovy.

STV - The Funny Farm, Trial by Night, NB, A Game of Two Halves & Scottish Legends.

 

Radio

Bruce has made numerous radio contributions over the years, popping up on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5. Radio 4 credits include presenting an Edinburgh Festival special, writing and appearing in the series “Unauthorised Biography of the UK” and writing and performing in a dramatised adaptation of his one-man show ‘Blood Below the Window’. He has also presented and appeared in numerous programmes for BBC Radio Scotland over the years, including the series Gift of the Gag, Comic To Comic and Comedy Heroes. He has presented live broadcasts of The Comedy Café. 

Theatre

1989, co-wrote ‘Christmas Present’ for The Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

1991, wrote the pantomime ‘The Treasure of Wookimagoo’ for The Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

1998, wrote and performed ‘Blood Below the Window’ one-man show at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Subsequent UK tour of the show and a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of same

2001, co-wrote the musical comedy ‘Wake Me Up In The year 2001’ for the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow.

2004 wrote two plays, "Fog" and "Rain" for the  "Pie, Pint and a Play" season at Oran Mor, Glasgow.

2003-04 writer on BBC’s the Live Floor Show. Two stand-up appearances on same.

2010 “Rain” play adaptation broadcast on BBc Radio Scotland

2014 Performed in Philip Differ's "Who's afraid of the Big Bar-L"

2015 Wrote and Performed in "The Periodic Fable", Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe, full run

2015/16  Performed in Philip Differ's "MacBraveheart", Scottish tour. 

Writing

Bruce’s freelance articles have appeared over the years in the Scotsman, the Sunday Times, the Herald, Sunday Herald, The Big Issue, The List and Scotland on Sunday. He has also written extensively for television and radio. In addition, Bruce’s operates a news satire website  www.wreckered.co.uk

Awards

Sunday Times Comedy Award, Spirit of Mayfest Award, Perrier Nomination & Scotland on Sunday Critics Award

Some Press Quotes


“Gesture and commentary of the highest class - The Observer

"Quite simply one of the best and most genuine humourists on the Scottish scene" -The Express

"Supremely talented and imaginative" - Time Out

"He can tell a story as entertainingly as Billy Connolly, but the sting in its tail is in a class of its own" - Times

"Devastatingly funny...wry and poignant" - The Scotsman

“Bruce Morton has re-invented comedy” - The Independent

 

Visit Bruce Morton's website at http://www.brucemorton.net for more details.