Mark Silcox: I Can Cure (1 star)

Mark Silcox: I Can Cure

Infuriating and pointless exercise full of awkwardness and silence

Mark Silcox presents what he describes as a two-part lecture focusing first on cough medicine and then on the origins of homosexuality. He further intersperses I Can Cure with erratic diversions on hydrogen, quantum physics and atheism, but there's no rhyme nor reason to the collapsing structure of what ensues.

Silcox is not a gifted performer: he talks in a jumbled monotone, much of which is incomprehensible, and is painfully uncharismatic. It's most likely that Silcox is deliberately sabotaging his own set but whether or not his act is an affectation matters little: there's absolutely nothing funny about it. During one of the many times he disappears off-stage, one audience member turns to another and astutely observes, 'he makes Ed Aczel look like Michael McIntyre'.

Halfway through the show, Silcox decides to play some music while he boils chickpeas in a kettle. He spends about three minutes trying to get the music to play, during which time he's completely silent. Rounding things off with a failed science experiment – a hydrogen-filled balloon that plummets to the ground when it's supposed to rise – serves as an apt metaphor for the whole endeavour before his phone rings while he's still performing. As a lecture, I Can Cure is nonsensical, infuriating and pointless. As a comedy show, it's even worse.

Ciao Roma, until 28 Aug, 2.10pm, free.

I Can Cure

  • 1 star

Mark Silcox / PBH's Free Fringe Cough. The origin and inevolution of homosexuality explained by Dr Mark Silcox (straight man) applying American psychologist Marshal Rosenberg's philosophy of needs, strategies and the language of non-violence. In this experimental show, Silcox suggests a medicine for cough and shares…

Ciao Roma, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Aug

Downstairs

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Downstairs

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Downstairs

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 28 Aug

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