Seventeen years ago the beloved sitcom Friends played its final laugh track, but a few days ago HBO Max blessed the internet with Friends: The Reunion, the special that we have all been waiting for. Not only did the cast reunite to ruminate on the series and its characters, but they were joined by an all-star selection of high-profile celebrity fans that brought a little extra pizzaz to the special.
I mean, did you see Lady Gaga singing “Smelly Cat” with Lisa Kudrow?
While it should come as no surprise that the special sparked Twitter feeds full of fresh new memes, one incredibly niche Friends meme is taking social media by storm this weekend. Ireland, this one’s for you.
Thanks to a New Meme, Matt Leblanc Is Ireland's Uncle
Matt LeBlanc might be a beloved American actor, but Twitter has decided he’s everyone’s Irish uncle. Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to translate the bits that might not make sense to the non-Irish readers, but these are all very universal situations. We’ve all got that one uncle…
Engineering? And c'mere to me now would there be many other girls doing that or is it just you? pic.twitter.com/SrorTYushp
— MJ #Free-Palestine (@gothxpeach) May 29, 2021
And cmere to me what sort of jobs would you be getting with that arts degree? You wouldn’t go into teaching no? pic.twitter.com/OSMwFKlqfK
— ❀ Faye ❀ (@beyonfaye) May 29, 2021
Cmere to me what is it you’re studying now? Oh law right right very good ah jesus sure i’ll know who to ring so the next time i get myself into a bit of trouble!! pic.twitter.com/i0Nb8R6mzg
— sophie 🇵🇸 (@lyonsteafan) May 29, 2021
(“C’mere to me” essentially means “come here, I have something important I want to discuss”)
‘And Richard Chambers said we’d be in the pubs in July did he? And who is he now does he write for the Longford Leader?’ pic.twitter.com/KvFN2htufk
— spochadóir (@spochadoir) May 29, 2021
(Richard Chambers is a journalist with Virgin Media News Ireland, The Longford Leader is apparently not what we call the most reputable of papers. Chambers found this quite amusing.)
Look at that, Matt’s right at home at the pub!
— Kevin O'Dowd (@Kevinodubhda) May 29, 2021
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) May 29, 2021
These don’t need a translation, do they?
So ye decided on the ground pump heatin'? Well, fair dos.Tell me this, what did he charge you for it?….Well, be the Lord Mighty, ye must be doin' well. pic.twitter.com/C3D7vpHQ7h
— Léan Ní Ghallchobhair (@RavelledSleave) May 29, 2021
vegetarian are ya? jaysus i couldn't do that to meself i'd bleedin starve without me sunday roast haha. sure i'll pick up a nice bitta fish for you so pic.twitter.com/Sp0E4afwdW
— marysia // ***** *** (@stairgay2heaven) May 29, 2021
matt leblanc is your uncle when your parents forced your 6 year old self to stand up in front of the adults after a family dinner and sing a song you just learned in primary school pic.twitter.com/xjlwKDdArv
— e b o n i (@spiceslag) May 29, 2021
If you’d like to see the rest of Matt LeBlanc the Irish Uncle for a good craic, Twitter user theofluffycat has compiled a thread of the best of the best.
You can watch Friends: The Reunion on HBO Max.
Maggie Lovitt is a writer at Wealth of Geeks where she covers her favorite topics: Star Wars and pop culture nerdery.
In her free time, she is also a novelist, screenwriter, actor, and member of the Screen Actors Guild.