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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Friend (The One With Gunther) | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

"A humorous homage and an ode to Gunther!"

From the team that brought us Buffy Revamped*, we are taken through all 236 episodes of the infamous TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S retold through the eyes of Central Perk’s favourite barista, Gunther.

An entertaining 70 minutes sees performer Joseph Maudsley play the platinum protagonist (and some other supporting cast members) as he zipped through comedy sketches loaded with side-splitting songs and parodies.

And, of course, Gunther’s story wouldn’t be complete without the unrequited love he had for Rachel, as he reminded us of all the times he missed his chance with her throughout the entire run (10 seasons) of the show.

Arguably, the best supporting character from the show, it’s clear to see why he was the “seventh friend”.

Joseph does a fantastic job engaging with the audience and making the show an enjoyable, family friendly experience.

A touching tribute came at the end of the show where you could make a donation to Prostate Cancer UK in honour of the man who starred as Gunther in the TV series, James Michael Tyler, sadly passed away from the agonising disease last year.

So, if you’re a fan of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S saga, you need check out this humorous homage and an ode to Gunther!




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* Review here!


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