Bruce Morton

Bruce Morton

Glaswegian comic Bruce Morton came onto the comedy scene in 1988, winning the first ever So You Think You're Funny? new act competition at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was also one of the founders of the Funny Farm Comedy Collective in 1989, which helped start the stand-up scene in Scotland.

In 1992, he was nominated for the Perrier award for his show Sun and the following year landed his own four-part Channel 4 series, of the same name, each episode comprising a stand-up routine loosely themed around one of the deadly sins.

Morton returned to Channel 4 in 1995 as part of the broadcaster’s themed Pot Night, when he explored Amsterdam's cannabis cafés for the documentary Amsterdam By Night.

He is turned playwright in 1998’ with Blood Below the Window, which he also performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; and in 2001 he co-wrote the musical comedy Wake Me Up In The Year 2001 for the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow.

Morton is also a regular radio voice, and in 2006 presented a series of interviews with fellow stand-ups on Radio Scotland, called Comic To Comic.

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Bruce Morton joins Still Game

Playing a sinister undertaker

Scottish comic Bruce Morton is to appear in the next series of Still Game.

The deadpan stand-up is to play dour undertaker I D Sheathing in the eighth series of the comedy, which returns to BBC One on March 8.

Star Ford Kiernan said his fellow comedian had a pivotal role in bringing Still Game to live – as he was the man who introduced him to his co-writer Greg Hemphill.

In an interview to promote the new series, Kiernan said: ‘We worked in an office together and Bruce had already started doing stand-up.

‘He said to me, "You should give it a go' and basically shoved me up on the stage. I did five minutes and within a wee while I was an established comedian. I've got a lot of things to thank Bruce for, we both have."

Kiernan described Sheathing as looking like Tom Petty and dressing like the Hooded Claw. 

He said: ‘He almost hovers when he walks and he has a sinister touch about him, a blank deadness in his eyes. As far as the character was concerned, Bruce embodied Sheathing immediately - which is a strange word to use when you're describing a funeral director.’

As previously reported, Craig Ferguson is to make a guest appearance in the series, now he has stood down as a late-night talk show host in the US.

Hemphill said: ‘He’s a fan and has watched all the episodes and we contacted him and asked him if he wanted to be in Still Game and he said, "yep sight unseen, sign me up!".’

Ferguson said last year: ‘I'm going to do an episode because it's just hilarious.’

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Published: 26 Feb 2018

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Gagarin Way

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Funny Farm

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Edinburgh Comedy Tour


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