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Lisa Kudrow says ‘Friends’ cast are the funniest people she knows — aside from her dad

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Lisa Kudrow has a talent for making people laugh.

In 1994, she rose to fame playing the hilarious Phoebe Buffay on “Friends,” and from there, she went on to act in more comedic roles such as Michele in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” and Valerie Cherish in “The Comeback.”

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With a Primetime Emmy sitting at home, Kudrow tells TODAY that it was her father, Lee N. Kudrow, who initially got her interested in comedy and carved her sense of humor.

“I thought my dad was really funny and my brother and sister were really funny. I’m the youngest so I was, like, the least apt of all of them at it,” she said. “But, it started there. I thought, well, we’re not good-looking people, but we’re funny.”

Kudrow says her father was the “funniest person” that she knew growing up and he still makes her laugh today.

She recalled a time when they took a trip to Europe and he started complaining about the electricity there.

The "Friends" cast, seen in 1995, are still some of the funniest people Lisa Kudrow knows.
The “Friends” cast, seen in 1995, are still some of the funniest people Lisa Kudrow knows.Alamy

“He was just so angry. He was like, ‘Jesus, they don’t have a light bulb in this whole continent that’s brighter than 40 watts. Goddamn it, what’s happening here?'” Kudrow said with a laugh.

Kudrow noted that she genuinely finds it funny when someone is “utterly surprised” by something and they can’t even clock what’s happening around them.

That’s why she loves Tina Fey’s humor and the “Friends” cast’s.

“Honestly, they made me laugh so hard every day,” Kudrow said of her former co-stars.

Lisa Kudrow talks with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on "TODAY With Hoda & Jenna."
Lisa Kudrow talks with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on “TODAY With Hoda & Jenna.”Nathan Congleton / TODAY

From 1994 to 2004, Kudrow starred on the hit NBC sitcom with Matthew Perry (Chandler), David Schwimmer (Ross), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Courteney Cox (Monica).

Out of all the members of the main cast, Kudrow had to audition for her place in the show and she didn’t realize it until much later.

Kudrow’s son, Julian, 24, ended up watching “Friends” when he was in grade school, and after he saw the series, he told his mom that he liked the male leads the best and he didn’t think that she was the funniest person in the show.

On “Late Night with Seth Meyers, Kudrow said that Julian’s comment was completely uncalled for.

“Never in my life have I wanted to tell my own kid, like, f— you,” she joked on Meyers’ show on Wednesday. “I mean, I thought it. I didn’t say it.”

Julian did pay attention to his mom when she reunited with her former co-stars for the “Friends” reunion in 2021.

Once the special aired, Julian had a few sweet words to tell his mom.

“After the reunion, he said, ‘I’m really proud of you. Sorry, if that’s weird like, who am I? But I’m really just proud that you’re a part of this thing,” Kudrow recalled on Wednesday’s episode of TODAY With Hoda & Jenna.

“You raised a great kid,” Hoda Kotb said.

“Yes,” Kudrow replied. “He’s a great kid.”

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Halle Berry’s Boyfriend Van Hunt Celebrates Her Birthday With Sweet Message: ‘Love You With Everything I Got’

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Halle Berry is feeling the love from her man, Van Hunt, on her birthday! On Sunday, the musician took to Instagram to celebrate the actress on her 56th birthday.  

“hi, baby. it’s ur bday, and against ur wishes i am screaming it to the mountaintops and celebrating with the world the wonderful, loving, funny, and life-giving force you are,” the “Seconds of Pleasure” singer wrote. 

 “(H)appy (B)irthday, boo. i love you with everything i got. @halleberry.” Next to the sweet message was a series of pictures of the birthday girl, playing with filters and posing for the camera. Berry didn’t comment on the post. However, the John Wick actress did like her man’s post.  

Hunt, 52, and Berry aren’t shy when it comes to celebrating their love. The pair, who marked their 2-year-anniversary in April, often celebrate each other on social media.  

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In June, Berry celebrated her man on Father’s Day. “Here’s to flyest dad I know! Happy Father’s Day VanO and to all the other hard working, loving, fly dads out there ❤️,” she wrote next to a picture of her and the “Dust” singer walking hand in hand with drinks.  

A month prior, Berry gave the musician a shout out following an article that celebrated his music. “that moment when you stumble upon an article that reminds you that you’re in love with a musical genius! 🌪 @vanhunt The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets,” she captioned the intimate picture.  

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In March, Berry celebrated her man’s birthday in a special outfit. “HERE’S TO MY ONE AND ONLY! Happy Birthday VanO,” her message read next to a picture of her rocking nothing but a T-shirt with Hunt’s name on it.  

“It’s no wonder your birthday and International Women’s Day are one and the same. There is no one I know who believes in, supports and uplifts women more than you. May this year bring back to you all the love and joy you give! I Love you ❤️ @vanhunt.” 

In 2021, the Bruised actress spoke to ET about how happy she is to have the fans support her, now that “the right one finally showed up.  

“That makes me feel good too,” she said. “I feel like a lot of the public has gone on this journey with me, whether I like it or not, and my stuff has been out in the world,” she said. “So it’s nice now to be in this place and I think maybe people are celebrating that for me.” 

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Maddie Ziegler Got Real About “Dance Moms” And Said The Show Set Her Up For “Failure”

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Maddie Ziegler’s made a solid career for herself over the years, but you first met her on Dance Moms, which she appeared on for six seasons starting in 2011.

Obviously, reality TV isn’t always as “real” as it’s made out to be, so it’s possible you watched Maddie on the show and have some potentially incorrect assumptions about who she is and how she behaves.

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In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Maddie opened up about her experience on Dance Moms, as well as how her behavior was seemingly dictated by the show’s producers.

Maddie explained that, although she might have appeared to act entitled on the show, ultimately, the producers encouraged her to behave in a certain way.

“People thought I was a brat because in all my interviews I would say, ‘I’m the best. I know I’m going to win,'” she told the publication.

“But that’s because the producer was telling me to say that,” she admitted.

Maddie continued to explain that how she acted on the show was not how she was in real life — and that she felt like the show engineered a situation where she would be misrepresented on TV.

“I don’t think I’m better than everyone else,” she said. “I was just doing whatever they told me to do because I thought that’s what you did.”

“They set you up for failure.”

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Soap star Robyn Griggs dies at 49

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Robyn Griggs, an actor who was known for starring on the soap operas “Another World” and “One Life To Live,” has died. She was 49.

The news of Griggs’ death was confirmed in a statement on her Facebook page posted on Saturday, Aug. 14. 

“Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing,” the statement began. “However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories.”

The statement continued, “I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

Immediate memorial plans were not shared. 

Griggs had previously opened up on social media about her cervical cancer diagnosis. A GoFundMe page shared on her Facebook said that the actor went to the hospital for a pap smear and learned that she had stage 4 endocervical adeno cancer in 2020. 

She documented her health struggles over the last couple of years on Facebook after being diagnosed.  

In July, she posted an update that said, “I have 4 new tumors. 2 new tumors on my liver, one on abdominal muscle and large one on right side lymph node.”

The actor wrote that she underwent chemo. She added, “I told them whatever it takes,. I’m in for the fight.” 

Her health declined and on Aug. 11 a message shared on her official account said Griggs was entering hospice care. 

“She has fought with determination, strength, and grace that is nothing short of inspirational,” the post said. “Please continue keep Robyn and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.” 

Griggs portrayed Stephanie Hobart on “One Life to Live” from 1991 to 1992 before she was cast on “Another World” a couple years later. 

Her character, Maggie Cory, appeared on the NBC soap opera from 1993 to 1995. 

She also landed roles in multiple films like the 2003 horror comedy “Severe Injuries,” the 2006 action flick “The Absence of Light,” the 2008 thriller “Craig,” and the 2010 horror “Hellweek”–her final movie. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Griggs was born on April 30, 1973 in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. The publication reports that she started acting as a child in theater productions before landing a spot on the Nickelodeon program “Rated K.”

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