Finally, Friends: Reunion premiered on HBO Max this week, and a highlight for many fans was Lady Gaga’s cover of “Smelly Cat”. Starring the original six core cast members remembering the series, the special brought back Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. A variety of special guests were also included in the special, including superfan Lady Gaga.
In the segment, Lisa Kudrow performs the classic Phoebe song When That Suddenly Comes But Lady Gaga. The “Born This Way” singer, disguised as Phoebe appeared on the original sitcom, offers to join us and give “Smelly Cat” a twist. After Gaga sings a verse, the two end up singing the song together. A gospel chorus even joins the song at the end of the segment. The scene has since been shared on social media, where it quickly garnered millions of views from fans.
” I’m sorry but Lady Gaga can make Smelly Cat absolutely slapped, ”Liv Marks posted on Twitter, sharing a music video of the duo.
“Lady Gaga singing a smelly cat with Lisa Kudrow dressing me like Phoebe is something I never knew I needed,” read another tweet.
“Gaga and Phoebe perform together Smelly Cat !!!! It’s such a sweet and cute interaction, ”says another fan. “2 women who have never been afraid to be other than themselves and who have always been celebrated for it. “
One tweet read, “Dear @ladygaga & @LisaKudrow: I seriously wonder why the #SmellyCat gospel remix is not available to stream / download / buy / own / cherish forever. Friends please resolve this issue immediately. ”
“Lady Gaga and Lisa Kudrow performing a stinky cat together is something that came straight out of my feverish dreams,” wrote another viewer.
And another fan posted: “I have to say, even though I found the ‘guests’ selected for the Friends Meeting to be really random (apart from those who appeared in the series, obviously); Gaga singing #SmellyCat with Lisa made me smile from ear to ear. ”
Along with Lady Gaga, some of the other famous guests to appear on the special include Cara Delevingne, Cindy Crawford, Kit Harington, Thomas Lennon, Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham, Tom Selleck and Mindy Kaling. The special features of the recreations of the original sets from the series, like the Central Perk apartment and café, as well as tabletop readings and interviews with the cast. Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series is also shown, and the cast reveal never-before-told stories about the production.
Friends Co-creator David Crane says there’s no point in doing a reboot or revival of the show, but making the reunion show as a one-off special made sense.
“The idea of doing a reboot or anything where you see the characters again was irrelevant,” Crane recently told THR. “We ended the series the way we wanted to end it, and the idea of revisiting the characters was never interesting. But even a meeting, I was worried. But [director] Ben Winston presented his vision and I found myself really excited. I left that meeting saying, ‘Oh, that could actually be really cool.’ ”
Friends: Reunion is now streaming on HBO Max. You can see what the others are saying about the ‘Smelly Cat’ duo with Lady Gaga and + Lisa Kudrow on Twitter.
Topics: Friends, HBO Max, Streaming
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