Jennifer Aniston didn’t know what fan fiction was and she didn’t seem to know what Jimmy Kimmel had in store for her. Touting his “Friends” fan fiction and convincing Aniston to read lines with him, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host staged a “Friends” reunion by bringing out her former co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
Clearly uncomfortable as the scene was unfolding, Aniston said that she had to draw the line at wearing a wig of her infamous hairstyle, “The Rachel.” She was already overwhelmed by Kimmel’s painstakingly detailed replica of the “Friends” kitchen. Or maybe she was in on it the whole time, as seemed more and more evident by the end of the five-minute skit.
Seated at the kitchen table, Aniston and Kimmel began reading lines with him in the role of
Kimmel even had a button to trigger a laugh track at lines that were supposed to be funny, like when Monica lamented that she was Ross’ sister and thus couldn’t make love to him.
The women were hilariously uncomfortable throughout the entire skit. Kimmel explained the absence of Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc in the scene by saying that they were dead. Unfortunately, the women all left before he could get to the 22 pages of lovemaking in the script.
The surprise reunion comes before next month’s 20th anniversary of the classic NBC sitcom’s premiere. Next month will also see the revival of another classic set from “Friends” as Central Perk will come to life as a pop-up replica in New York City. It will feature props from the show, free cups of Eight O’Clock Coffee, live renditions of Phoebe’s awful “Smelly Cat,” and even James Michael Tayler, who portrayed the barista Gunther on the show.