This show from acclaimed comic actor Brendan Murphy reimagines the TV classic through the eyes of barista Gunther. Settle down in Gunther’s café to hear the true insider story of what happened to Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica and Joey from the FRIENDS character who kept them caffeinated through all the highs, lows, love affairs and failed auditions along the way!
One man, seventy minutes, ten seasons. The entire 236 episodes of the hit 90s TV show, FRIENDS, as told through the eyes of the one person who knows it inside out… Gunther.
It’s been twenty-five years since the FRIENDS pilot was filmed and still it looms large as one of the most successful television shows of all time. Translated into various languages and airing in over 50 different countries, rarely has a show had such global appeal. After it arrived on Netflix on New Year’s Day 2018, it became the most-streamed show on the internet.
In a desperate plea to gain his audience's affection, character comedian Brendan Murphy has come up with a show that will appeal to literally everyone and finally get him one of those shiny awards or at very least some kind of certificate.
He gives you the entirety of the cult sitcom in 70 minutes of life-changing entertainment from your new best FRIEND.
FRIEND (The One With Gunther) is back from a break for a new UK tour in 2024
Brendan is an actor, writer and comedian.
He also created the multi-award-winning parody, Buffy Revamped (Best One Person Show and Best Comedy Performance, DarkChat Awards 2022) which was a hit at Edinburgh Fringe in 2022 and 2023.
An experienced improviser, Brendan is a member of BBC Radio One's BattleActs! and a guest player for Second City and Monkey Toast. Regularly performing in the Olivier award-nominated Potted Potter, he has toured extensively across the US and Canada including a residency at Bally's, Las Vegas, which won Best New Show in the Best Of Las Vegas Awards.
He is co-creator of the ARIA award-nominated satirical comedy podcast NonCensored with Rosie Holt. Other writing credits include The Mawaan & Emily Show (BBC Asian Network), SO! Beano (Sky Kids) and Comedians In Quarantine (Comedy Central) with co-writer Kiell Smith-Bynoe.
Hamish MacDougall’s directing credits include The War Of The Worlds (New Diorama/North Wall /Tour); Willy by William Andrews (Soho/Pleasance); Hammerhead by Joseph Morpurgo (Soho/Southbank /Pleasance/Tour and winner of The Brighton Comedy Award and Pleasance Best Comedy Show 2018); Soothing Sounds For Baby by Joseph Morpurgo (Soho/Pleasance and nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award, named as Time Out number one comedy show of the year); Life and Rhymes by Abandoman (Udderbelly/Edinburgh/Soho/Melbourne); The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic); The Narcissist which Hamish co-wrote with Graham Dickson (Underbelly/Toomler Amsterdam/BAC); and Zoo by Lily Bevan (Theatre 503).
Joseph is a Derby-born, Berkhamsted-based, Birmingham School of Acting trained actor. He has toured with the Olivier Award-nominated show Potted Potter all over the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Philippines and the USA, with seasons in Chicago, Toronto and Las Vegas where the show won Best New Show in The Best of Las Vegas Awards. His most recent work has included a UK and Channel Islands tour with Oddsocks Theatre Productions playing Adrian in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, as well as a UK tour with The Reduced Shakespeare Company performing their William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). His most recent TV appearances include ITV’s Grantchester.