Friends reunion to feature Lady Gaga & Lisa Kudrow performing beloved character Phoebe's hit song Smelly Cat

LADY Gaga will star in the upcoming Friends union alongside Lisa Kudrow as the pair perform character Phoebe's hit song Smelly Cat.

Director Ben Winston confirmed that the 35-year-old pop superstar will join the sitcom actress for a hilarious rendition of the song.

Lady Gaga is just one of many celebrities named to appear in Friends: The Reunion, which will air on HBO Max on Thursday.

Director Ben has explained her somewhat confusing cameo appearance, as he revealed that Lisa, 57, agreed to duet with a hit singer.

"I said to Lisa, 'Would you be prepared to sing it?' and she was like, 'Yeah, that would be fun'," he explained of the Lady Gaga collaboration.

"We went through a few names and we both agreed that Gaga, if we could get her, would be the ultimate one because she associates with and feels close to Phoebe in so many ways, as Gaga says on the show.

"That was a really beautiful moment, and Lady Gaga jumped at the chance to do it."

He added that the pair had barely any time to rehearse the song, and so worked it out "there and then" as the programme was being filmed.

“We sat there with the two guitars with Lisa and her and worked it out there and then,” British producer Ben concluded.

Friends fans have had a long wait – 17 years to be precise – for the upcoming reunion episode, which sees the cast come together for the first time since 2004.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer share their behind the scenes secrets from their days on the sitcom in the new one-off show.

Friends: The Reunion, delayed multiple times due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will debut one year after the debut of HBO Max. 

As well as Gaga, guest stars for the special include David Beckham, Justin Bieber, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Elliott Gould, Mindy Kaling, and many others, according to Variety.

Justin Bieber filmed scenes wearing Ross Geller’s famous “Spudnik” potato costume from the season eight episode The One With The Halloween Party.

The first teaser trailer for the reunion special dropped online on May 13, and fans can't wait for the reunion even though the stars do not reprise their iconic roles.

David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, spoke about the reunion on The Graham Norton Show and detailed the stars will "play themselves".

"I’ll be David. Nothing is scripted and we are not in character," he said. "We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something."

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