Rhona Cameron

Rhona Cameron

Date of birth: 27-09-1965
Rhona Cameron was born in Dundee and raised in Mussleburgh, just outside Edinburgh, where she was named Rosebud Princess 1969, at the tender age of four.

She started stand-up in the early Nineties, winning the So You Think You're Funny? new act award in 1992. The following year she made her Edinburgh Fringe debut, and in 1995 supported Jack Dee on tour. She has been touring on and off in her own right ever since.

In 1996, she hosted the first of four series of the BBC Two show Gaytime TV. She also co-wrote and starred in the BBC Two sitcom, Rhona, which ran for just one six-episode series in 2000

In 2002 she joined the West End cast of The Vagina Monologues, before heading off to the Australian jungle for the first series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which led to a job hosting the ITV game show Russian Roulette the same year.

The following year, she played the first ever female narrator in The Rocky Horror show on tour and then in the West End.

In 2003 she wrote her first book Nineteen Seventy-Nine: A Big Year in a Small Town, an autobiographical account of a year in her life in childhood as a lesbian in a Mussleburgh. Her debut novel The Naked Drinking Club was published by Ebury Press in 2007.

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Rhona Cameron – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

Rhona Cameron has recently returned to the stage after a five-year absence – and the results are decidedly mixed.

At her best, she combines sharp observation with overblown exasperations, delivered with a vortex of grumpy anger that pulls us all in, backed up with sharp and funny gags.

But increasingly she appears to have lost her way, delivering rambling, directionless sets. She seems to be racked with nervous hesitancy about approaching flimsy, pedestrian material, covering tired subjects blandly.

The trials of traveling by EasyJet or her mother’s ineptitude with technology are described accurately, but with such minimal comic embellishment she might as well be filing a straightforward report. And haven’t we got over the novelty of predictive text not knowing the swear words yet?

‘Why do you never see any lesbian air hostesses?’ she ponders, to which the obvious answer is ‘How can you tell?’ But she needs the stereotype of butch bull dykes to make her broad-brush comments work.

But her main failing is that she’s too long-winded. She mentions the film United 93, gives a summary of its plot, a few production notes about how it was cast, a little review of how mesmerised she was by it, then repeats a lot of the dialogue – and still no joke. Then she places herself in the situation for a weak exchange about her sexuality, and an easy callback to the butch hostesses. That was a lot of setup for not much payoff.

Sometimes she gets laughs just from being dismissive: ‘Ugg Boots. Why?’ It’s the sort of moody attitude that might pass for wit on a 100 Greatest Fashion Disasters type TV show, but she is capable of so much more.

Cameron has a nicely intolerant attitude, and an appealing naturalness to her delivery, and when there is a gag to back it up, it works very well. But that’s becoming an increasingly infrequent occurrence.

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Published: 1 Sep 2008

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Rhona Cameron

Edinburgh Fringe 2003

Rhona Cameron

Edinburgh Fringe 2007

Rhona Cameron [2007]

Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Rhona Cameron [2008]


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