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Since graduating from Salford, Kiri Pritchard-McLean has starred on Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You.

She is now the host of a virtual stand-up show, ‘The Covid Arms’.

Much like other comics, the pandemic brought a sudden halt to her career, however, she has managed to turn this into a rare success story of 2020.

It began as a ‘virtual pub’ for friends to stay connected when the real pubs were forced to shut.

It has now turned into a monthly online comedy show named ‘The Covid Arms’.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Kiri Pritchard-McLeans joined the group to provide entertainment.

She then mentioned it to her fellow comedians who said they would want to take part.

With more comics taking part, the casual calls turned into a virtual event for anyone to attend.

They began to charge a small fee to view the stand-up gig.

These donations were split between charity the ‘Trussell Trust’ and the comedians.

One of the first shows held in March had an audience of 3,000 people and managed to raise £13,000.

Up to now, they have managed to raise over £110,000 for the food bank charity ‘Trussell Trust’.

For the first time, on December 5th, the next event will be taking place live.

After 19 successful online events, ‘The Covid Arms’ will have a live, socially-distanced audience at The Pleasance in London.

Credit: @covid_comedy Twitter.

The event will also be live-streamed to watch online.

Tickets to watch online can be purchase at https://www.comedyatthecovid.co.uk/we-wish-you-a-merry-covid-arms-sat-5th-december/

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