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Photo: Greg Morton performs at the Dayton Funny Bone the first weekend in December
By Gary Spencer
For a lot of professional comedians, most of them knew at a young age that doing standup was their calling in life. But that isn’t the case for Canadian-born comic, Greg Morton, who took a long, winding road to his celebrity status as a funny man.
“When I was kid, I used to love cartoons. I would sit in the corner, watching and drawing cartoons, making up my own characters and cartoon strips,” Morton explains. “I thought my career path was set at age five.”
However, around the same time, Morton got his first exposure to standup comedy. While he was still addicted to cartoons, these initial experiences with onstage comedy made a deep impression upon the young man.
“When I was five, my dad took me to see ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’,” Morton says. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was a who’s who of some of the greatest comedians alive – Jonathan Winters, Jerry Lewis, The Three Stooges, Milton Berle, and Buddy Hackett. All those comedians had a huge influence on me.”
Morton even dabbled in doing standup comedy himself in his formative years based off a Bob Newhart performance he had heard.
“In the eight grade my English teacher brought to class ‘The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart’ which became the basis for my first standup routine in high school, Morton says. “I replaced Bob Newhart with my driving instructor – a very brash, bellicose, chain smoking woman who would snap at us during one of her frequent nicotine fits. I did that routine at a school assembly and the whole school just howled because they knew exactly who I was impersonating.”
In spite of this early flirtation with being an onstage funny man, Morton enrolled in the Classical Animation course at Sheridan College in Ontario in 1977. His first job as an animator was working on the legendary Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show. This evenutally led Morton into doing voice over work for Saturday morning cartoons during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s such as Hello Kitty and Police Academy: The Cartoon, as well as directing shows such as Hammerman with MC Hammer and Super Mario Brothers. He even worked for a while as a mobile DJ and while doing so, decided that his efforts were better served elsewhere.
“My back was killing me carrying all that equipment and all those milk crates of vinyl up and down two flights of stairs every weekend,” Morton explains. “I used to play the Legion Hall once a month and every one of them had at least two flights of stairs. You have all these disabled vets and you make them climb two flights of stairs to get a drink? That’s a damn war crime right there.”
From there, Morton decided to revisit his interest in standup comedy. Things got off to a rocky start as the budding comedian was trying to figure out who he was as a comedian, and his career took some creative twists and turns along the way.
“My first standup performance was in a steak house that converted a back room into a comedy club,” Morton explains. “I invited all my friends out to see me and bombed so badly, I didn’t invite anyone out for three years! Then I tried doing race based material like comic heroes Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor, but it wasn’t working for me. Everytime I performed at some seedy redneck bar, I was getting heckled with racial slurs – a fight would break out and that would be the end of the show. So I scrapped all my old material and started writing a new routine.”
Morton’s new routines harkened back to his childhood of watching variety shows such as Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson, and The Smothers Brothers and put the focus on celebrity and song parodies, improvisation, props, and skits based on real life and pop culture. Since that epiphany, Morton blew up on the Internet with “Obama Man” (a parody of Candy Man by Sammy Davis, Jr) and his impression-laden mashup of quotes from the initial Star Wars trilogy set to the franchise’s theme music, as well as other forays that merged song with comedy. In addition, the evolution of Morton’s standup material also incorporates no frills, just funny observations about everyday life things that anyone can relate to.
“My show is like a one man variety show – impersonations, song parodies, standup, ventriloquism, partial nudity – whatever strikes me as funny,” Morton jests. “Don’t expect to see your average run of the mill comedy show.”
And Morton doesn’t see his comedy as therapy – just a positive way of having a good time.
“There’s no therapy – just belly laughs – its more of an ab workout,” Morton says. “I can’t imagine getting therapy from a comedian, that sounds like a hostage situation. Trust me, you don’t want some pot smoking, alcoholic narcissist to be your therapist. I’m a pretty happy person, I just want to bring joy to people. Thank God I found standup.”
Greg Morton will perform Friday Dec. 1 through Sunday Dec. 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone, 88 Plum Street at The Greene in Dayton. Tickets are $15 and up for all performances. For more information, please visit http://www.Dayton.Funnybone.com
Get your tickets now for this incredible one man show!
Crackers moves to Downtown on Delaware! A stunning new space at 207 N. Delaware.
The days of stand-up comics telling jokes in front of a brick wall accented by a neon “Crackers” sign have come to an end in Broad Ripple. :Indy Star
FYI you can park in the Regions Towers parking garage (right across from Crackers Downtown) for $4.00 ALL NIGHT **Rates Will Vary for Special Events. There are entrances off of Ohio as well as New York streets.
I had a chance to tour the space last year, while it was under construction. I am so excited to perform in the new space this weekend. Nov. 9-11. Mark it on your calendar!
Comedian Greg Morton, who grew up in Woodstock will be entertaining us Woodstock style at the 20th Annual Business Awards of Excellence. Greg Morton has been described as “Fast, Slick, Hyper, Energetic, Intelligent, Bizarre, Original, Slick, and Spontaneous!” London Free Press
We will also be celebrating Canada’s and Woodstock past 150 years including local business history. This year’s event will highlight the past 150 years of Woodstock and Canada incorporating a “Through The Years” Theme.
Cocktails and Martini Bar 5:00: Dinner 6:15, Program 7:30. We will also be recognizing our sponsors in honour of our 20th Anniversary. Ticket’s $90 plus HST
It’s sure to be an event not to miss.
This week, the Farce Awakens! It’s the Return of the Jester!! The Star Wars Guy is back!!!
Okay, that’s enough bad Star Wars puns. Seriously, if you haven’t seen Greg’s show, you need to see it. If you’ve seen it before, you need to see it again with friends. If you don’t have any friends, you need to get out more. Here’s the address.
Comedy Cabana is Myrtle Beach’s Only 5 Star Comedy Club for 22 years and running featuring three new professional comics weekly. Only the best of the best have performed on our stage and they just keep coming! Forget TV see them live at the beach’s #1 hot spot for live comedy, Comedy Cabana. This week, comedic entertainer, Greg Morton, brings his high octane humour to the Cabana. He’s appeared on Comedy Central, and Comics Unleashed. Opened for Celine Dion and Harry Connick Jr. He has also voiced, and directed over 20 of your favourite Saturday Morning Cartoons. Book your tickets now! No two shows are the same.
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