8. Mark Silcox: No Women Plenty of Cry
Judging by the reception this show received in Edinburgh (just two reviews; a two star and a one-and-a-half star), a lot of people won’t agree with Mark Silcox’s inclusion in this list. And was it really one of the best comedy shows of the year? Probably not. But it’s here because it was certainly one of the most memorable. ‘No Women Plenty of Cry’ was an utterly bizarre hour of long, rambling, monotone ‘poems’ and a lengthy tea break (yep, at one point, Silcox stopped the show to make everyone a cuppa).
Was it elaborate, uncompromising anti-comedy, or am I reading too much into it? Did he really expect to fill the 80-capacity room, or were the rows of empty seats part of the experience for the handful of audience members? Was he bothered by the daily walk-outs, or was each one a victory? It’s all a mystery. Only time will tell if Silcox is the next Andy Kaufman. But whether he was for real or not, I was utterly mesmerised.