Nick Mohammed is Mr Swallow: 2012
- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 5 August 2012
This article is from 2012
Radio 4 star returns with camp creation
Mr Swallow is probably character comedian Nick Mohammed’s most famous creation. This camp, easily distracted but infinitely cheerful northerner has enjoyed past Fringe success and a Radio 4 series, and Mohammed is currently working on a BBC TV show based around him.
The theme for Mr Swallow’s 2012 talk is ‘numbers’, incorporating a makeshift round from Countdown and a hilarious diatribe – complete with graphs -- about the numerical inaccuracies of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. The momentum doesn’t quite kick into gear immediately, but Mohammed’s easy-going charm means the audience is behind him even when he loses his way. Although he drifts off-topic often, the theme stays intact; one highlight is a character based on his sweet but forgetful accountant, giving the relentlessly high-pitched Mr Swallow a short – and much needed – break.
And in the end, Mohammed brings all the number strands of his show together masterfully, creating a memorable finish that easily makes up for the lags in pace of the preceding hour.
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