Eleanor Morton - On The Mic

Performer: Eleanor Morton
Photograph by: Matt Highton
Show: Great Title, Glamorous Photo
Venue: The Stand Comedy Club (Stand Four)
Promoter: Salt 'n' Sauce Promotions


Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

I’ve decided to become 200% sexier and more confident because that’s what the industry wants. It’s going really well.


Tell me about your first gig.

It was in the Beehive in the grassmarket. Loads of people I knew came, my friends parents came. Now I can’t look them in the eye when I see them at weddings.


Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

I usually have a nice old stretch.


Tell me about your best and worst review.

Last year the Scotsman gave me one star, but for reasons best know to themselves, they did not say why. I’ve had some nice reviews that say I’m going places, but which places?!? They never specify!


During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?

No because I find they can affect your performance. If you give them too much weight you start to change the show and stop trusting your own instincts.


How do you feel about reviewers generally?

I think anyone who willingly sits through dozens of shows a day and then goes home and writes in detail about each show deserves some sort of medal or medical treatment.


In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?

I think anyone who spends their time teaching a pug do anything needs to take a long hard look at themselves. If you’re asking if I think that was wrong, yes I do, and I also think there are other people whose freedom of speech rights are much more worth talking about.


Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?

I think it all depends on the audience, the comedian and the joke. But generally I don’t think anything should be off limit as a subject.


Have you ever gone too far?

Yeah one time I ended up in Shetland! Have any other comedians done this joke?


Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.

A fortune teller told me it will be on 3rd March, 2022, at The Chuckle Club in Whitstable.

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