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Eleanor Morton: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Since we first saw Edinburgh native Eleanor Morton do an excellent 10 minute spot at a Laugh Out London a couple of years ago, she has emerged as a key player in the Weirdos collective of alternative comedians, combining a rich imagination with actual, goddamn talent.

She’s only doing a short run of her solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, so make sure you do some proper planning so not to miss it. It will be excellent!

Hello. How are you today?

Not amazing. I think I’ve got a summer cold and my eczema is back real bad. I’m a poor example of the species.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

I think I’m ready – I’m only doing two week of my show this year, I want to see if it’s less suicide-inducing. Also I think I’d feel better if I had a spare grand in my bank account, can you guys help?

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

This year I did the classic ‘fill your blurb with quotes and accolades so you don’t have to say too much about the show’ so HAH. Eleanor beats the system.

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

Rely largely on them being awake and focused and in the general area of the show at the right time of day. And also any fans of Lizzie McGuire.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

I’m staying with my sister in her flat. As I’m constantly droning on about, I’m from Edinburgh so it’s my city and you all need to leave. My sister will be doing her masters dissertation at Edinburgh Uni Library, right in the middle of Assembly Gardens, so I imagine she will definitely start murdering performers at some point around the third week. I’ll survive by hiding places comedians don’t go, like the Museum of Childhood and Napier’s Herbalists.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Loads of shows, Joz Norris, Katia Kvinge, Fern Brady, Matt Winning, Stuart Laws, Seymour Mace, Matt Highton, Gavin Webster, pretty much everyone at The Stand, Adam Larter’s play and lots of other people whos names I forget but are obviously very dear to my heart.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

Getting a haircut. If I get it done at home mum usually pays for it, plus her hairdresser is nice (Hi Caroline!) I’m not paying £30 to get a trim in London, fuck off.

What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?

Baked potatos are mank. I’ll have some La Favourita pizza from the stall by The Tron, and a chicken burger from Snax Cafe pleez.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it:

Gregor silently watched the other passengers on the bus. Sheep, all of them. Sheep in a great big sheep machine. Well, not him. Not Gregor Pasternik. He had just set up an independent coffee shop made entirely out of crates and dried pineapple leaves. It wasn’t that he was a creative person, but his dad used to present a Sunday morning cooking show, so he was basically loaded and didn’t know what else to do with the money. Gregor laughed to himself at the Sheeple passengers and their meaningless eyes. Then he snapchatted his own face to Steven.

Eleanor Morton: Happy Birthday Katie Lewis!
The Stand
16-28 August, 2.25pm

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