Nick Mohammed: Mr Swallow
For any silly people unfamiliar with your comedy, tell us a little about you.
I'm a character comedian. Most of the characters are either camp men or women (limited range!) My Mum honestly thinks that this means I'm a 'comedienne' – I once heard her telling some relatives this on the phone! I've done a few telly and radio bits and bobs too and I'm exactly 164 cm tall (short).
What’s your show, Mr Swallow, all about?
It's sort of a lecture about numeracy I suppose, though that arguably makes it sound extremely boring! It's hosted by an absolute lunatic, plus there are quite a few surprises along the way. There's one bit in the show that I started rehearsing for last August... If I mess it up (and it's happened before!) I will honestly go NUTS!
It’s in conjunction with Invisible Dot, what are they like to work with?
Honestly? DREADFUL. Single-handedly the worst company I've ever worked with... (Ha ha!! The opposite of that obviously! They are quite literally outstanding and without doubt the very best at what they do. I couldn't have asked for more).
You also do a bit of radio and TV, what keeps you coming back to live performances?
I suppose there's nothing else quite like it, even more so when you're taking a new show to the Fringe. It's an odd beast, it can certainly be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster and takes the best part of a year to have a final product, but I find the immediacy of the response in the live environment infinitely more rewarding than telly or radio. It's almost definitely an attention-seeking thing!
You’re in the middle of Princes Street with one flyer left, what’s your surefire sales pitch?
Who are you looking forward to seeing at The Fringe this year?
So many people... But if I had to name three: Sheeps, Holly Burn and Peacock & Gamble.