This is Comedy Central UK’s “FriendsFest” — a Friends-inspired pop-up event set up by the channel to celebrate their recent four-year broadcasting deal.
Friends fans will be in their element with this one; after leaving Gunther to launch enthusiastically back into his 50-second monologue, the next stop is a miniature version of Joey and Chandler’s apartment on the left and some props from the show laid out on tables to the right.
While the apartments in FriendsFest are replicas aimed to evoke the original Friends set, the props are very much real — everything from Monica and Chandler’s hand-written wedding vows to Phoebe’s wonderfully named Buffay The Vampire Layer porn cassette that features in “The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry.” In the background, giant TV screens play the episodes from the show that feature the props lying in front of us.
“FriendsFest was about giving back something to all these amazing fans that watch Friends on Comedy Central,” says Anna Hathaway, who’s involved with the promotion of the event. “They’ve just renewed their deal for four years for having Friends on the channel, and it’s watched by millions and millions and millions of people. 21 years since Friends, Comedy Central just wanted to give something back to the fans by holding this massive exhibition.”
It is a sold out event but follow Comedy Central UK Twitter account for the chance to win tickets. If you are lucky!