Before this day ends I want to take a moment to say thank you. When the lockdown was announced I panicked, my career entirely relied on groups of people gathering together in rooms around the world. Overnight a decade of hard work and sacrifice seemed to disappear. For a week I didn’t know what to do so I started putting out stupid videos, jokes, memes, stories, sketches just whatever was in my head at that time to distract myself and whoever was listening from the world falling apart. The response was insane. You watched my stuff, liked it, shared it, got your friends to do the same and it was incredible, I was blown away by it all. When I started the weekly Sunday night show I didn’t think anyone would watch and now after ten shows over 15,000 people have tuned in, both live or after. Your support has got me through this. Then today the amount of you who took time out of your day just to send birthday wishes was overwhelming. I honestly can’t believe how lucky I am to be supported like this by so many people. Every single time one of you likes a post, comments or anything else I see it and it makes my day. Some of you I knew before, some I’ve taught and others I’ve come to know because of you following me, all of you I think of as friends, all of you I appreciate.
Thank you so much for everything you’ve done through the years, supporting my crazy health kicks, rants against social injustice, late night insane epiphanies and oversharing. When the lockdown happened and my career disappeared you gave me a new one and kept the lights on. Here’s to the future, it’s a privilege to perform for you.
My cousin was interviewed by Vogue as one of the doctors dealing with the pandemic, it’s eye opening to see what she’s been going through. I don’t think I say it enough but I’m incredibly proud of my family.
I wrote an article for my local magazine about being a comedian in lockdown, go check it out I’m on page 36
One of my jokes appears in the Poke again alongside other hilarious individuals
Tonight 8.30pm my good friend Harriet Dyer and myself will be having a chat on “After Some Technical Issues” the aptly named online talk show about anything other than comedy or Coronavirus that you join in with, just log on and ask any questions you want. Join us on all platforms at YouTube.com/c/chrispurchase
Twitch.tv/thechrispurchase or facebook.com/thechrispurchase
The British Comedy Guide interviewed me about my online shows, you all get a mention in it (not individually unfortunately, not enough space). To me it’s a wonderful thing that being a geek is being part of a really positive community. As I say in the article it’s truly amazing that you can go online any time you want and just say “fancy a game?” and there will be someone there whether it’s computer games, board games, Dungeons and Dragons or anything.
Also big thanks to Ignacio Lopez for his design on my photo