The entirety of cult sitcom FRIENDS All ten seasons and 236 episodes in just 70 minutes
The entirety of cult sitcom FRIENDS All ten seasons and 236 episodes in just 70 minutes

What is FRIEND ?

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, ten seasons, seventy minutes. 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.

Out of five stars, it should be seven… seven… SEVEN!
Packed with enough well observed detail to satisfy even the most obsessive fan
The Stage
An hour of beautifully-organised, good-hearted chaos
Broadway Baby
Hysterical... a must-see for old and new fans of FRIENDS
Adelaide Advertiser
Welcome to the real world of FRIENDS, you're gonna love it!
West End Best Friend
Brendan Murphy plays that blonde, awkward Gunther to a tea... or in this case to a coffee cup.
All About Entertainment


Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2023
Lighthouse Artspace
Toronto, Canada

Brendan Murphy

Writer & Performer

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). 

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


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). 


Should be on your list of shows to see
Theatre Weekly
OH MY GAWD. This is one that will definitely be there for you
London Theatre Reviews
Cleverly talented... Hilarious audience participation, wacky personality and goofy skits and songs.
A one-hour, one-man wonder... a mean feat, masterfully delivered.
A perfect night with FRIENDS
Scottish Field
A pleasing nostalgic trip to Central Perk [from] an indefatigable comedian and improviser.
Brendan Murphy is a very funny man.
Edfringe Review
Had the audience wailing with laughter.
The Skinny
Riotously funny… Voice and expressions as malleable as putty.
Three Weeks
Very family friendly... A really enjoyable, light-hearted experience.
Both a commentary and a greatest hits... For a reduced Shakespeare style telling of the FRIENDS saga, this can’t be beaten
The Reviews Hub