LOS ANGELES — Here's a partial list of the purchases Jerrod Carmichael made over the course of the pandemic:
A subscription to Duolingo.
A chess set.
Video games for the PlayStation 4.
Later, after it was released, a console and video games for the PlayStation 5.
And a virtual reality gaming system.
"All of these lasted about a week," he said over lunch at Santa Monica's Proper Hotel. "Just think sixth-grader hobby and attention span. At some point I go, 'Hey, am I going to be the greatest of all time at this? Then I'm good bro.' I play ["Grand Theft Auto"] because at evading the cops with five stars, I think I could realistically be a top contender."
The comedian, who wrapped the third and final season of his beloved NBC sitcom "The Carmichael Show" in 2017, split his time in lockdown between his home in New York, hotels in Santa Monica, various family members' houses in North Carolina and the L.A. home Bo Burnham shares with his girlfriend, "Hustlers" director Lorene Scafaria.
"Bo's my best friend," said Carmichael. "In the past couple years, I've lived with Bo and Lorene probably almost like half of [the time]. I talk to Bo every day, multiple times. It's a very true friendship."