Big Fat Bribe Blog: creepy masks and a willy box
- Louise Stoddart
- 28 June 2017
This article is from 2017
Where we receive brown paper bags to stick over our heads, David Bowie memorabilia and instructions to name a penis
Bribe deliveries always have the office on tenterhooks. We blame the acts who, in previous years, have sent us a lead pipe, a stinky sweaty cheese house and a very graphic latex vagina. But, maybe we should be thanking them. Now, we don't even blink an eye when a model penis comes in the post or if we see a colleague wandering around with a brown paper bag over their head. It's summer, it's bribe time and as far as we're concerned, anything goes in the run up to the Fringe.
Thankfully, our first bribes have been nothing too outrageous. Anyone remember two years ago when we were graced with 'Hugh Jackman's' pit-stained t-shirt along with fake eyelashes that were once glued to the eyelid of 'Liza Minelli'? That was all thanks to Peter Michael Marino, who's back at the Fringe this year with Show Up – an improvised one-man comedy show which discusses social anxiety and the 'shite' lives of the audience.
He bribed us with brown paper bags to wear over our heads while socialising at the Fringe, as apparently we look socially awkward at parties. We're pretty sure that's more of an insult than an act of bribery, but we'll let it slide because we're a laid back bunch who'll wear our brown bags with pride. His show is on at The Counting House, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug at 3.30pm.
As entertaining as it was scaring colleagues with brown paper bags, we were pleased when From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads sent us another mask bribe, this time featuring David Bowie's face. Accompanied by a USB stick recording stating details of the show (Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug, 1.55pm), a fake credit card and some lightning bolt earrings, we feel ready to fangirl on the front row.