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Lisa Kudrow

Last night’s NYer Fest event was an interview with Lisa Kudrow. I know it’s not hipster-cool to admit to watching Friends, but I did, and I liked it, and I found parts of it really, really funny. So there. I’ve been wanted to check out Lisa Kudrow’s post-Friends projects, The Comeback and Web Therapy, but haven’t yet; will now. I have a feeling The Comeback might be too cynical and painful to watch and from her own description, the main character in Web Therapy is “a horrible person” so I don’t know how well I’ll do with that, but I’ll give them a shot.

Lisa is delightful. She’s kooky and funny and clearly very smart and very savvy. Her production company made and owns Web Therapy, perhaps a lesson learned from HBO so unceremoniously canceling The Comeback after one season despite is rabid following. Her degree is in biology from Vassar, she said she was the nerdy one in high school, the voice of reason in her social group, and when Henry Alford who was interviewing her (with a voice that made him sound like the love child of Richard Simmons and Paul Lynde) asked what distinguished her group of friends when she was growing up, she said, “we all wanted to get into really good colleges.”

She was very entertaining and her similarity to, well, to Phoebe was kind of disconcerting. If that makes any sense.