Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Nick Mohammed: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/children (delete as applicable) think of your job?

My parents were naturally dubious when I first started out, but my son absolutely loves the fact that I'm a comedian. He's only 14 months old though, so I'm not entirely convinced by the integrity of his overwhelming unquestionable support.


7. What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

Without being rude or obvious, trying to make things like this sound natural and funny. And without coming across as a div. And without being rude or obvious.


8. I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

Mostly fine. Apart from when I'm hungry, then I turn into a MONSTER!


9. How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

It varies from year to year, but it's about the same as the starting salary of an easyJet pilot. Happy for that to skyrocket if needs be.


10. How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

I think it's probably more about trying to engineer as much luck out of any given situation as possible and trying to create those lucky opportunities in the first place. I would definitely call it a lucky break getting to be in The Martian off the back of the casting director seeing me as Mr. Swallow (playing Dracula) during Edinburgh in 2014 - that's bonkers otherwise!


11. Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into a third category?

Golfer, definitely. (But one that's not that great at golf... or indeed any sport). 


12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians?

Sergei Prokofiev. Because he wrote some of the most thrilling and passionate music I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.


13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).

Desperately tidy. To the point that I'd rather not take anything out of them. 


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