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 in the C4 show, The 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 & 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.
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 numerous programmes for BBC Radio Scotland over the years, including the series Gift Of The Gag, Comedy Heroes and three series of interviews with stand-ups in Comic To Comic.
In 2011, Bruce presented some live editions of The Comedy Cafe on Radio Scotland. His play, “Rain”, was broadcast on that station in October 2010 and he is a frequent guest and contributor on shows such as MacAuley and Co, Call Kaye and Off The Ball.
In February 2017, Bruce appeared in the Still Game Live 2 show “Bon Voyage” at The Hydro, Glasgow.
Bruce’s news satire website wreckered can be found at www.wreckered.co.uk
Bruce’s freelance articles have appeared over the years in The Scotsman, The Sunday Times, The Herald, Sunday Herald, The Big Issue, The Guardian, The List and Scotland on Sunday. Articles for The Herald newspaper can be seen on the scribbles page. He has also written extensively for television and radio.
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’ at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.
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.
2016, wrote and directed Silver Threads, a play about the Paisley weavers’ disputes in the 19th century. (Clips on the video page).
Sunday Times Comedy Award
Spirit of Mayfest Award
Scotland on Sunday Critics Award
“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” – The Times
“Devastatingly funny…wry and poignant” – The Scotsman
“Bruce Morton has re-invented comedy” – The Independent