Fringe 2013 Bribe of the Week – Gusset Grippers

This article is from 2013

Fringe 2013 Bribe of the Week – Gusset Grippers

Elaine Miller's sequined incontinence pants narrowly see off Mr Twonkey's ball bearing puzzle

Our inaugural Bribe of the Week 2013 comes from physiotherapist-turned-comedian Elaine Miller, whose show, Gusset Grippers, uses humour, hashtags, knitted vaginas and crocheted birthing dolls to deal with the real issue of female incontinence. To prove her knack for handicrafts, Elaine’s bribe included some sequined, embroided incontinence pants and pads, as well as 12 packs of sticky notes (each bearing the legend, ‘You don’t mind this pad!’). We'll be honest, there were a few staff members who felt a bit weirded out by this bribe, but we couldn't deny the dedication and craftsmanship that went into it, hence its much-cherished Bribe of the Week status.

Alice in Puzzleland

A close runner-up was List-beloved Fringe regular Mr Twonkey. Twonks has been creating unparalleled absurdities (and sending us bribes) since time immemorial – last year, we received a very messy glitter-and-goo-coated squeezy snail. This year's arrival – to promote Twonkey's Blue Cadabra – was a comparatively restrained vintage ball bearing puzzle inspired by Alice in Wonderland; Twonkey specified that any Lister reviewing his show should have the completed puzzle on them for further bribe-giving. We're quite satisfied with the puzzle as a bribe – it's a lovely piece of kitsch Victoriana – but we'll keep you appraised of any further developments on future Bribe of the Week entries.

If you fancy buying some great exposure for your Festival performance, send some promotional payola to Big Fat Festival Bribe, c/o Niki Boyle, The List, 14 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TE.

Twonkeys Blue Cadabra

  • 3 stars

Bananas cabaret act from the utterly delightful Mr Twonkey (aka Paul VIckers).

Gusset Grippers

A show all about the pelvic floor and the havoc it can wreak on women.