Nick Mohammed - The Forer Factor

In his second appearance in Edinburgh, Nick Mohammed brings an all-new set of characters to his one-man show. It is funny in parts but not all the characters work and some get over-used.

Mohammed begins by lip-synching to the voice of Forer, an American psychologist who was a personality expert. We are told that Forer died some years ago but made these recordings before he died. Mohammed carries it through well and his timing is very good, but it’s slightly strange to watch. Also, dropping his clipboard and hearing Forer apologise is funny the first time, but loses something by the third occurrence.

After Forer, Mohammed leaves the stage and quickly returns as a rather frightening young woman who is desperately in need of a toilet. She is a very effective character and returns later in the show. Another character who returns several times is a Poirot-like detective who never quite gets to identify the killer, but he is less successful and would be better in smaller doses.

The funniest character is a teacher trying to explain The Merchant Of Venice to a class of pupils. Mohammed manages to grasp the combination of cheerfulness and despair that many teachers exhibit. In another successful and funny sketch he has conversations with two glove puppets at the same time (actually, with just his bare hands, but he’s very convincing).

Overall, a very mixed show. He is a talented and funny individual but the material is stretched a little thin for an hour’s show. Worth seeing if his sort of humour appeals.

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Nick made his Edinburgh debut last year with his show ‘Back In Town Again: - Waltzing Out Of Town;’ which won the Fringe Report award for Best Comedy show.

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