Remember Phoebe’s twin sister, Ursula? Y’know, the one who starred in a porno and everyone thought it was Pheebs? Well, turns out she wasn’t just a Friends guest star, oh no… Ursula was also a waitress on Mad About You!
Of course, not to ruin anyone’s illusions, but Ursula was also played by Lisa Kudrow since Kudrow doesn’t have a real life twin sister. Appearing on Mad About You from 1992, when Lisa landed the part of Phoebe on Friends in 1994, NBC producers needed an explanation for how she could be on both shows at the same time.
Enter Phoebe’s twin, Ursula, the same Ursula who waitressed at Riff’s Bar in Mad About You. With both sitcoms set in New York, and airing back-to-back on NBC, it made perfect sense for them to crossover – and Ursula wasn’t the only character who appeared on both shows.
Helen Hunt, who played Mad About You lead Jamie, and her show BFF Leila Kenzie (Fran) once rocked up to Central Perk in character and mistook Phoebe for Ursula. That made for an awkward exchange… but if you watched both shows, you were probably in on the joke.
Clearly it all went way over our heads. Mind blown. What other secrets have you been keeping, Ursula? Actually, best not answer that, we’re still recovering from the porno.
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