FRIEND (The One With Gunther)

FRIEND (The One With Gunther) will be in Toronto in November and December 2023 – book here! UK 2024 Tour dates – book here!

As previously seen at sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons in 2019, 2021 and 2023.

Made international debut at Adelaide Fringe 2020.

Debut London season at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2021.


Written by Brendan Murphy
Directed by Hamish MacDougall
Performed (Edinburgh 2023) by Joseph Maudsley

The entirety of cult sitcom Friends – all 10 seasons and 236 episodes – in just one hour! This solo show from acclaimed comic actor Brendan Murphy reimagines the TV classic through the eyes of barista Gunther who will welcome audiences to a specially created coffee shop venue at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Hear the true insider story of what happened to Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica and Joey – from the one Friends character who kept them caffeinated through all of the highs, lows, love affairs and failed auditions along the way, in this comic parody created and performed by Brendan Murphy.

Writer and performer Brendan Murphy’s credits include The Crown Dual (King’s Head), The Crooners (Pleasance Edinburgh), Potted Potter (US Tour and CAA Theatre, Toronto), King Kong – A Comedy (The Vaults), Twelfth Night (Orange Tree Theatre), Enter the Bagman (Gilded Balloon), Knightmare Live (Uderbelly, Southbank Centre), Lost Property (Soho Theatre), The Adventure (Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Exchange), Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Newsrevue (Pleasance Edinburgh). At this year’s Fringe, he also appears in The Crown Dual and BattleActs, both at Gilded Balloon.


‘Excellent comic timing.’
Broadway Baby

‘Riotously funny! Expressions as malleable as putty.’


Director Hamish MacDougall’s recent 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 he co-wrote with Graham Dickson (Underbelly/ Amsterdam/BAC) and Zoo by Lily Bevan (Theatre503).