Friday 1st May 2020

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THE ACTS

Kiri Pritchard Mclean

Your host is Welsh Comedian Kiri Pritchard-Mclean – a double Chortle Award winning stand up comedian, writer and satirist. Recent television appearances include Have I Got News For You, The Russell Howard Hour (which she writes on) and Stand Up Central. Kiri hosted both Stand Up at BBC Wales and Wales at the Edinburgh Fringe for the BBC where she introduces a throng of the most exciting comics in the UK. She will be in upcoming episodes of Hypothetical, Roast Battle and the Comedy Central Specials.

A regular on BBC radio, Kiri has appeared many times on The Now Show and the News Quiz. She often co-hosts on Rhod Gilbert’s radio show and guest hosted Newsjack Extra. Kiri is a writing/ directing member of Foster’s Comedy Award nominated sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop who have a third installment of their radio series in the pipeline.

Kiri is a co-creator and co-host of both the All Killa No Filla podcast and the live juggernaut Amusical. All Killa No Filla is a podcast about serial killers that has a gigantic following worldwide. Co hosted with Rachel Fairburn, the podcast’s live adaptation sold out The Leicester Square Theatre in minutes and toured the United States. Amusical is a phenomena that started in Backyard Comedy Comedy and has run monthly for just over a year. Comedians sing their favourite songs from the musicals, hosted by Kiri with Jayde Adams and house band Dave and the Quavers. In the short time since it’s conception it has sold out the Pleasance Grand in Edinburgh twice and been made into a pilot with Burning Bright for Comedy Central.

Russell Howard

Rachel Parris

Jon Richardson

Lucy Beaumont

Joel Dommett

Suzi Ruffell

Marcus Brigstocke

Jenny Ryan

Nish Kumar

Rachel Fairburn

Stephen Bailey

THE EVENT

Support your much-loved local, raise cash for the National Emergencies Trust, and make a Guinness World Record while you’re at it.

On May 1st, join The Covid Arms ‘landlady’ Kiri Pritchard-Mclean and her host of celebrity guests; Russell Howard, Nish Kumar, Jon Richardson, Joel Dommett, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Lucy Beaumont, Jenny Ryan and Suzi Ruffel, for a night in at the world’s largest virtual pub.

The event will take place on Friday 1st May 2020 at 8pm (UK time). Please be warned that strong language may be used and this may not be suitable for children.

Ladies and Gentlemen of our great nation, we’re calling upon you to join us on May 1st at the world’s largest virtual lock-in. Raise a toast to the Great British spirit with your local pub landlords and ladies, comedy royalty and music monarchs.

When the doors swing open at The Covid Arms you’ll be greeted by the formidable landlady, double Chortle Award winner, Kiri Pritchard-McLean. It’s her pub, she calls the shots and tonight it’s quiz night. To help host the night, Kiri will be joined by a group of fellow celebrities – including the likes of Russell Howard, Nish Kumar and The Chase’s Jenny Ryan – who are no strangers to quiz shows. There will be mystery guests (who will be hosting the music round?), quick-fire rounds, a live leaderboard and prizes. At any minute you may be joined live in your front room, so make sure to wear your best ‘staying in’ gear.

THE CHARITY

The intensity of emergencies in 2017 – from the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London to Grenfell – led the Charity Commission to convene a number of people in the charitable sector to see if there was a better way of responding to national emergencies. This has led to the creation of the National Emergencies Trust, which will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster.

It is a charity, not the state; it will be additional to what the state does. It is independent of government, and will not seek to replicate the work of central or local government.

The world is in a state of emergency. The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting both businesses and people from across the globe. Many people are suffering, not just physically due to ill health, but also economically and socially. Workers are struggling to make ends meet, small, local businesses are closing their doors, and social distancing and self-isolation means people aren’t able to visit vulnerable loved ones.

The Government is responding to alleviate some of this pressure. However, at times like this, it’s the strength and desire to help from the public that can make the most difference. That’s why we, the National Emergencies Trust, are today launching an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

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