FriendsFest, the Comedy Central event that sold out in eight minutes, was everything I dreamed of and more! As a huge (and I mean HUGE) Friends Fan, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to sit on Monica’s super clean sofa, stand in her pristine kitchen, or glare out her window at Ugly Naked Guy. And I not only got to do all those things, but I also got busk to Smelly Cat, dance around a fountain and sit on THE orange sofa from THE Central Perk. All these things must sound utterly boring or completely stupid if you’re not a Friends fan, but if that’s the case, I don’t like you, so go away.
At the Boiler House on Brick Lane in East London, Comedy Central set up a whole studio of Friends-Fun for us die hard fans. I took my fellow die hard fan Carima, someone I don’t get to see as often anymore, but when I do we spend most of our time continuously shouting random Friends dialogue at each other.
We were some of the first to walk into the Boiler house and so we were told to head over to Monica’s to avoid queuing for it later on. That we did and before we knew it we WERE IN MONICA’S APARTMENT. It felt very surreal, especially because everyone else is also a super fan and they are all practically acting out their favourite scenes in the apartment. This is made even more surreal by the queue of people who are waiting to head in after us, except rather than queue, they are sat audience style on raised platforms. I literally felt like i was in an episode of Friends.
After taking a trillion photo’s of us by the door, peering around the door, pointing at the door, getting selfies with the door (seriously, we just loved that door) and taking in all the other cool props we know and love, we headed out to ‘Phoebe’s Busking Area’ where a NYC yellow cab had been set up along side a microphone and Phoebe’s guitar. This meant that everyone could have their very own go at busking and singing songs such as Stickly Shoes, Smelly Cat and my personal favourite Little Black Curly Hair.
Busking takes it out of you so we headed over to grab ourselves a fresh coffee from Central Perk and take a stroll in the Garden. The Garden was decorated with the famous colourful Friends umbrellas as well as a pretend Central Park water fountain, perfect for recreating the uber-famous opening credits.
Comedy Central had also set up a Rachel-esque Hair Salon where you could get your hair styled like either Monica, Phoebe or Rachel herself, and a photo booth area with famous props and outfits to dress up in. They had also made an area of the set dedicated to the guys apartment, with Joey’s oversized entertainment centre taking centre stage, topped with Joey and Chandler props and two replica reclining armchairs sat opposite.
Not only was FriendsFest brilliantly entertaining, but AMAZING value for money. We paid just £5 each for our tickets and I was blown away by how far that got us. I expected to spend money when I was there, but bar the merchandise everything was free – the coffee (or tea), the photo booth, even the hair salon. The only extra money I spent was £7 on a Central Perk mug – I had to, I couldn’t resist.
So I say Bravo to Comedy Central for a fun-filled Friends-tastic Friends Fest, that I know us die hard fans truly appreciate. If you didn’t manage to get a ticket or couldn’t make it down to London, then why not live FriendsFest vicariously through me and my vlogging camera? Check out my vid below (or catch up with Friends everyday on Comedy Central).