Comedy review: Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking About Time
Comedy review: Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking About Time

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking About Time, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★ I never thought I would hear myself say this, but Bring Back The Ukulele. Eleanor Morton popped up on the Scottish stand-up scene a few years ago, singing funny songs accompanied by a ukulele. But for her …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking About Time, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.

★★★

I never thought I would hear myself say this, but Bring Back The Ukulele.

Eleanor Morton popped up on the Scottish stand-up scene a few years ago, singing funny songs accompanied by a ukulele. But for her solo show she has ditched the instrument and got terribly serious about being a real, proper stand up.

She ushers in her audience in the character of an old man from a mining museum, in a segment which has a few good gags but is an odd choice for an opener. Pretending to be an old man is not really one of her greatest skills.

Then Morton does some fairly bog standard stuff about dating, chucks in a bit about the patriarchy, about the referendum, about moving to London.

There’s a funny story about a rat which is more popular and sociable than she is and a good bit about immigration in Narnia but it feels like a lot of good bits chucked together.

I wish she had followed up the promise of the show title and properly mucked about a bit more. It’s her choice if she brings back the ukulele but it was her silliness that made her special.

The Stand Comedy Club 2 (Venue 5) until 30 August / listings