Kiri Pritchard-McLean releases show download for mental health charity

Thursday 31st March 2022, 11:57am

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Kiri Pritchard-McLean has released a recording of her live show Empathy Pains.

Now available to download from just £7, she is donating 25% of all gross sales to men's mental health charity Pwrpas.

Kiri had performed just four dates of an Empathy Pains tour before the first covid lockdown was enacted in 2020. Originally intended to focus on our relationship with empathy, the show evolved into an examination of the crisis that men are currently undergoing and the rise in male suicides over the last few years.

Having been unable to tour Empathy Pains, Kiri was ready to put it on hold for the time being. Then, in the last eighteen months, two men that she knew took their own lives. Kiri felt that it was time to raise awareness of the situation and is making the show available to view online.

The show is described: "Kiri thinks that we live in a time where empathy is seen as a weakness like asthma or being first to pull away from a handshake (remember handshakes?). But why is that? Surely what we need in these divided times is more empathy? So Kiri is off on a search to find a group of people who she struggles to empathise with and boy does she find them. Join her as her search for empathy takes her to dark places including forums for paedophiles and incels.

"Yup, her search history is a disaster."

Empathy Pains was filmed at Aberystwyth Comedy Festival in October 2021 and is now available as an HD download via Gumroad.

Kiri says: "I've set the minimum at a £7 cos I think the show is worth at least that, although I got a full tracksuit from a chazza the other day for £4 and now I'm not so sure. If you can pay more that would be amazing because I can keep buying shiny things and at least 25% of everything I make from selling this show (that's from sales, not profit ie after costs) goes to Pwrpas, an amazing charity. So why not pay £10 for it? Or £20 if you're a mad millionaire/want to be my pay pig.

"It feels weird even charging for it but for context I need to conservatively sell 3,000 copies to break even - which won't happen - but I couldn't not try and get it out into the world after the last few years."

She is currently on tour with her new show, Home Truths.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean - Empathy Pains

Kiri's live special, recorded at Aberystwyth Comedy Festival in October 2021.

Previous shows have seen her tackle structural racism, sexism, child grooming, adoption and emotional abuse so what seemingly unfunny subject has she picked to turn into laughs this time? Chernobyl? The shrinking size of creme eggs? No, empathy. Which sounds fine actually but maybe not the way Kiri tackles it.

Kiri thinks that we live in a time where empathy is seen as a weakness like asthma or being first to pull away from a handshake (remember handshakes?). But why is that? Surely what we need in these divided times is more empathy? So Kiri is off on a search to find a group of people who she struggles to empathise with, what could this mean...? Well, it means she's spent the last year talking to non offending paedophiles on the internet. Yup, her search history is a disaster. So, come and see her make the impossible hilarious or possibly get arrested.

First released: Thursday 31st March 2022

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