Friends is a show that draws both love and ire. When HBO Max finally released its long-awaited reunion show, die-hards went wild and everyone else, well … didn’t much care. It was another chance to get some jokes in or off-handedly compare it to Seinfeld. A show this polarizing 20 years after ending is going to make internet waves somehow.
Friends: The Reunion received positive reviews overall. It’s a genuine success as far as prestige television reunions go. But the best thing it created were the Matt LeBlanc memes that followed.
One glance at LeBlanc (aka Joey Tribbiani) with his arms folded and wearing a black striped short sleeve button down sent Irish Twitter into a frenzy. It turns out pretty much every single Irish person knows someone who looks like that, dresses like that, and sits like that. And most of them are dads or uncles.
— Triona Wynne (@TeeCunningham) May 29, 2021
— Declan Browne (@decbrowne1) May 29, 2021
‘Ah I don’t mind it yeno? Like I’m not homophobic or anything, it’s just I don’t want lads hittin’ on me ye’ pic.twitter.com/N8LTFuZoaM
— Fionn Mc Cool (@UrNoFionn) 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
ah yeah pic.twitter.com/ROrLGM3OHL
— Naoise Falafel (@naoisefalafel) May 28, 2021
Can’t get enough of these “Matt LeBlanc looks like an Irish da” memes and I think I found a winner pic.twitter.com/5ZusUmTkEY
— ✨ Dean Tāne ✨ (@Maccadaynu) May 29, 2021
— Kieran Burke (@KmBriste) May 29, 2021
I don’t wish to be sensationalist but this Matt Le Blanc Twitter thing is the best thing to happen in Ireland since independence.
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) May 29, 2021
After the Irish had their fun, though, there was a crystallizing moment. It turns out most people have a dad or uncle that sits and looks like this. The clothes might be particularly Irish, but the pose and general affect is universal dadcore. That’s right—53-year-old Matt LeBlanc simply looks like a dad, which makes sense, because he is one. And that’s perfectly fine with us.
Irish Twitter deserves full credit for kicking off the memes and making them their own. (There’s a really great thread of them right here.) But just in case you’re not Irish or don’t get the jokes, we’ve got a bunch more for you. Matt LeBlanc is the meme that keeps on giving, mostly because we can all think of a random frustrated dad moment. It just works.
Matt LeBlanc is your uncle at a wedding buying you too many beers and getting your name mixed up with your siblings while rolling his eyes lovingly at your aunt drunkenly flailing to Dancing Queen pic.twitter.com/RjxxIIX5RI
— Gav (@miracleofsound) May 29, 2021
Matt LeBlanc sat there like your dad watching your first boyfriend that he dislikes trying & failing to fix the home PC pic.twitter.com/EK68Ym58Y2
— Gwdihŵ🦉 (@youwouldknow) May 29, 2021
Matt LeBlanc is 5 seconds away from slapping his knees and going “well we ought to make a move who’s ready to rock and roll” pic.twitter.com/WmAgtjjugX
— Saz (@sarahlostctrl) May 30, 2021
matt le blanc looks like a fella you’d end up having a deep conversation with in the residents bar after a wedding. ten pints deep and he’s giving you the best advice you’ll ever get. you’ll never meet him again but his sage wisdom sticks with you forever. a gentleman pic.twitter.com/KfXpHjFdsA
— Ian (@imgrandsure) May 29, 2021
Your dad talking to your friend of 10+ years trying to remember their name pic.twitter.com/r1k8QhoujB
— Addatude (@addatude_) May 30, 2021
Me every time I open the app and see a new Matt LeBlanc tweet pic.twitter.com/8bIxitvMPz
— Ross Sayers (@Sayers33) May 30, 2021