The Big Comedy Quiz at The Covid Arms

by TheCovidArms in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th May 2020 we successfully raised £33,569 ( + est. £5717.25 Gift Aid ) with 6241 supporters in 36 days

Join your favourite comedians in the world's biggest virtual pub, for a quiz like no other.

by TheCovidArms in London, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Not only are we going to raise a load of money for a great cause, we're also going to have a really really busy pub! 

The show is now over. But we're still celebrating because... We did it!

Please continue to donate, 100% raised goes to The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

Friday 1 May at 8pm

Support your much-loved local, raise cash for the National Emergencies Trust, and be part of a Guinness World Records™ attempt while you're at it.

This Friday you can join The Covid Arms ‘landlady’ Kiri Pritchard-Mclean and her host of celebrity guests; Russell Howard, Nish Kumar, Jason Manford, Joel Dommett, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Lucy Beaumont, Jenny Ryan, Joe Wilkinson, Rachel Fairburn, Mark Watson, Stephen Bailey, Suzi Ruffel and London Hughes for a night in at the world’s largest virtual pub.

Buy tickets and make a difference – three easy steps

1) Make a pledge on this page to receive a ticket for this Friday's live show. You can buy the Livestream and quiz Play-Along for £2 - For fun, we're calling this your virtual pint.

2) You will receive an email with a link to the show and your unique password, which can only be used once so be careful not to share it. 

3) Now spread the word on social media, tune in on Friday at 8pm and let's have a drink and a laugh together!

All the details

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.

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 Tickets

There's two options for getting involved - select from the two rewards:

Buy a Livestream Play-Along ticket £2 

You can purchase a link to the livestream which will allow you to play along with the quiz and watch all the action unfold. There's prizes to be won and beer to be drunk, join us! For fun, we're calling this your virtual pint.

Meet the landlady

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.

Why we're doing it

The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

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.

Supporting your local pub

All donations and ticket purchases on this page will go straight to the charity. However you do have the option to support your local pub if they are fundraising on Crowdfunder. View a list of the wonderful pubs involved and find out how you can get some amazing Beavertown beer on this page:


I've only been given one code to the quiz!

If you’ve purchased several tickets to the quiz please share your code as it will work for all of you. Log on to the website just before 8pm on Friday night.

Is this suitable for family viewing?

Strong language and mature themes will be used throughout this quiz. We wouldn’t recommend it for children.

When do I get my front-row link?

You should already have been sent your link to play along live during the show. You will be sent a link with front row instructions on Friday afternoon. Please please please check your spam and junk mail before contacting us.

Can I watch the quiz another time?

This is a live play along event, it’s only available once folks!

Can I play in a team?

We haven’t designed this quiz for playing in teams, each person who buys a ticket will get the ability to answer questions themselves.

Can I join the quiz part way through?

Yes but you’ll miss out on so much great stuff!

What are the prizes?

We’ll be giving away some wonderful beer from the guys at Beavertown.

Can we play outside the UK?

Yes but don’t forget to join us at 8pm BST.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

Your chance to own The Covid Arms Certificate

Your chance to own The Covid Arms Certificate* for the Official Guinness World Records Attempt for the most punters in a virtual pub. All proceeds go to The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal *not the official Guinness World Records certificate Emailed to you 01/06/2020

£10 or more

Your chance to own The Covid Arms Certificate*

Your chance to own The Covid Arms Certificate* for the Official Guinness World Records Attempt for the most punters in a virtual pub. Same reward, just a bigger donation. All proceeds go to The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal *not the official Guinness World Records certificate Emailed to you 01/06/2020

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