‘Friends’: The 1 Scene Where Jennifer Aniston Couldn’t Stop Laughing
To this day, Friends remains one of the most beloved and successful sitcoms of all time. It was a career highlight for all the actors involved, and contained countless hilarious moments throughout its decade-long run — though not all of them were intentional.
‘Friends’ was a game-changing sitcom
When it first premiered in 1994, Friends did something that many sitcoms in the ’80s and earlier didn’t do: focus on a group of friends rather than a family. Instead, the six characters became their own family, and their family home was their beloved coffee shop, Central Perk.
Friends was famously an all-white reboot of Queen Latifah’s sitcom Living Single, which premiered the previous year. After Friends became a hit, networks over and over again to copy its success.
Some shows, such as How I Met Your Mother and New Girl, were huge in their own right. Others fell by the wayside.
‘Friends’ was often fun to film
Friends created a family both on and off screen. As a result, filming the show was less like work and more like they all really were just hanging out at Central Perk.
Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow caught up in a video for Variety‘s Actors on Actors series, and they reminisced about all the fun times they had on set.
“You and I would always get into these fits of laughter,” Aniston told Kudrow, “because you had this wonderful ability — you were about to hit your punchline, and you would do this adorable thing where you would break. You would say the punchline, and you would always turn to the audience and say, ‘I’m sorry, it’s really funny.'”
Jennifer Aniston wasn’t acting in 1 scene
Kudrow had a hard time keeping it together sometimes, but she wasn’t the only one. There was one scene in particular that had Aniston breaking character, and it still makes her laugh to this day.
“There was the scene when the bagpipes happened,” Aniston said. She was referring to the season 7 episode where Ross learns how to play the bagpipes for Monica and Chandler’s wedding.
“The bagpipes — where you started to sing full 100% committed, with the bagpipes, sounding like the bagpipes — I couldn’t hold it together. No one could hold it together,” Aniston recalled.
Aniston then went on to describe one other instance where she had trouble keeping a straight face for the camera and getting one solid take in.
“Then there was the episode where I guess Rachel had a sex tape,” Aniston mentioned. “Every time I went to take the tape and step my foot on it, all of your reactions were like ‘No, no, no, no, no!’ That took us about 45 minutes, just that piece to shoot, because the laughing, we couldn’t stop it.”