Lisa Kudrow And Woman Gaga Flip ‘Smelly Cat’ Into The Music Of The Summer season

You don’t pay Lisa Kudrow a reported $2.5 million to look on the “Pals” reunion particular and never have her sing the defining ballad of our time, “Smelly Cat.”

Fortunately, she bought by with slightly assist from a distinct good friend, Woman Gaga, who joined the actor within the HBO Max particular, which reunited all six forged members on display for the primary time because the beloved sitcom wrapped 17 years in the past, 

First carried out in an early episode within the present’s second season, “Smelly Cat,” an ode to an particularly pungent pet, grew to become a popular culture phenomenon and a bonafide hit for Kudrow, who co-wrote the tune’s lyrics and as soon as carried out the acoustic quantity on stage with Taylor Swift

So, she was well-primed to duet with Gaga throughout “Pals: The Reunion” for the final word tribute to the so-bad-it’s-good earworm. Sitting on the sofa of the Central Perk set, Kudrow sings the opening traces earlier than Gaga enters, guitar in hand.

Wearing her Phoebe Buffay best, Gaga takes a seat subsequent to Kudrow, telling her it’s “one among my favourite songs,” earlier than asking if she will “take ‘Smelly Cat’ for a spin?”

Lisa Kudrow and Woman Gaga, backed by a choir, carry out “Smelly Cat.”

Gaga proceeds to belt out the tune, a lot to the delight of Kudrow, who jokingly tells her, “That’s not dangerous.” 

“You is probably not a mattress of roses / You’re not good friend to these with noses,” Gaga continues, earlier than gesturing to her personal nostril à la “A Star Is Born.” (For what it’s price, this efficiency would completely be Jackson Maine-approved.) 

However, bear in mind, this particular has a funds, so earlier than lengthy a gospel choir emerges to offer some background vocals and provides the tune some further oomph, as Gaga and Kudrow end it off with some remaining thrives. 

The bit ends on a heartfelt word, with Gaga telling Kudrow simply how a lot her character meant to viewers all these years. 

“Can I simply say one thing? Thanks for being the particular person for all of us on Pals … I don’t know if that is the precise method to say it, however the completely different one or the one which was actually herself,” Gaga informed Kudrow.

“Thanks,” the actor stated in return. “And thanks for carrying it alongside.” 

Gaga, who was amongst a slew of well-known visitors to look within the particular, apparently “jumped on the probability” to sing with Kudrow, regardless of having little rehearsal time. 

“I stated to Lisa, ‘Would you be ready to sing it?’ And she or he was like, ‘Yeah, that may be enjoyable,’” director Ben Winston recalled to Selection. “We went via just a few names, and we each agreed that Gaga, if we might get her, can be the final word one as a result of she associates with and feels near Phoebe in so some ways, as Gaga says on the present. That was a extremely stunning second.”

Watch the efficiency under: 


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