Jason Allen 03/04/20
The Covid Arms is, thankfully, not a terrifying mutation the virus might go through, but is in fact a much more pleasant virtual pub.
At least, that’s how it started. It was a way for sibling founders Jakes & Jess to hang out with friends. Eventually, they began adding in a few sets of standup, which turned out to be so entertaining, the idea was formed to charge a couple of quid and give the money to charity.
And so here we are. A virtual comedy club pub ephemerally appearing online every Saturday night. And, for the princely sum of £2, you’ll receive a link to watch the stream. All your cash will go towards The Trussell Trust, which provides food banks for the vulnerable, and which are needed more than ever now.
The comedians on the mic include the likes of Tom Allen (Mock the Week), Rosie Jones (8 Out of 10 Cats,) Kiri Pritchard McClean (Have I Got News For You), and Nish Kumar (The Mash Report). They’re all performing for free, so 100% of the cash can go to the food banks. And so far, they’ve raised almost 20k for the Trussell Trust – and that’s over just three nights of comedy.
And if you fancy pushing the boat out? You can donate a whole tenner, and get a ‘front row’ seat allowing you to digitally ‘raise your hand’ and interact with the performers if you wish.
It’s virtual genius.
NOTE: The Covid Arms goes online every Saturday night from 7pm. You can find out more, and buy a link to the show at their website right HERE.
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