SNL has been drawing a lot of attention lately for its celebrity imitations.
The 41-year-old show has long been notorious for a no holds barred approach to comedy, whether imitating real life or doing a skit so hysterical that it would go on to earn an indelible spot in pop culture (Da Bears). But after recently insulting president-elect Trump, the real estate magnate and other critics have come forward to say the show has had its run.
Whether or not you agree, SNL got an unlikely critic this past weekend after Jennifer Aniston got a little too fed up with Vanessa Bayer’s impression of her character Rachel from the hit ’90s sitcom, Friends.
Oops, I did it again
Several weeks ago, Alec Baldwin joined the cast of SNL to deliver an imitation of Donald Trump that would travel much further than to the TV sets of viewers.
Almost immediately after debuting the new persona, Donald Trump took to Twitter to share his feelings on the matter. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t flattered by the comedic representation of himself, but that only fueled SNL further. In a cold open poking fun at Trump’s excessive usage of Twitter, Baldwin reprised his Trump persona, drawing once again a response from the president-elect which read, “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad”
But Trump isn’t the only celebrity unhappy with their parodied selves on SNL…
“Rachel” From ‘Friends’
Throughout history, comedic impressions have never exactly been flattering. Often, comedians or actors pick on our most obvious or obnoxious attributes as a starting point for their parodies.
When it came time for SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer to imitate Rachel from Friends in a Weekend Update segment about ’90s sitcoms, she immediately ripped apart some of Rachel’s most familiar idiosyncrasies.
As it turns out, Jennifer Aniston wasn’t happy about it.
Get ready: This is where things get real meta real fast!
Enter Jennifer Aniston, the real Rachel, who was none too happy with the impersonation Vanessa has been doing.
A confused Bayer/Rachel asks, “What are you doing here?” to which Jennifer explains, “For the last 12 days you’ve been texting me every day to come and visit you. Listen, honey, I know that you love Friends and we had such a great time making our movie together but ya gotta really try to stop texting me every day.”
Of course, the faux-confrontation quickly turns into a hilarious gag about Rachel impersonations, with both actresses doing their best Rachel lines in sync. Watch for yourself!
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