Call him a sofa potato.
When the highly-anticipated “Friends” reunion lastly premiered Thursday on HBO Max, followers throughout the pond have been pondering the identical factor: Matt LeBlanc is a lifeless ringer for a beloved Irish uncle.
Irish Twitter was fast to watch that LeBlanc, who performed Italian women man Joey Tribbiani on the sitcom, possessed sure Gaelic Grandad, or “Da,” traits, together with his biting wisecracks, Sunday roasts and frequent pints on the native pub.
Meanwhile, a really “Irish Uncle-esque” pic of the 53-year-old “Joey” star sitting with his arms folded on a sofa whereas carrying a stripy short-sleeved shirt has taken social media by storm.
“I enjoyed Matt Le Blanc’s ‘Da sitting on the couch during a quick stop at your grans’ performance’” tweeted one Irish “Friends” fan alongside the now meme-fied picture of the Emmy nominee.
Another quipped, “Never has a childhood of growing up in rural Ireland better prepared me for something more than it’s prepared me for this Matt LeBlanc being your uncle meme.”
The affectionate comparisons are even perhaps funnier on condition that the comic isn’t even Irish, however quite boasts combined French and Italian ancestry.
Nonetheless, the quips got here quick and arduous with Irish Comedian Dara O’Brien retweeting a thread that includes one of the best memes of Le Blanc because the quintessential relative from the Emerald Isle.
“The rest of the world should know that for the last 24 hours Irish Twitter has become OBSESSSED with how much Matt Le Blanc looks like everyone’s uncle/cousin,” he wrote within the caption. “Read this thread to get the full sense of it. Or don’t; because you won’t understand the half of it.”
Meanwhile, journalist Philip O’connor tweeted that he hoped that Matt LeBlanc “sees the love on Irish Twitter for him these last 24 hours.”
Not everybody thought the adoring Tweetstorm was so sidesplitting. Many outsiders criticized Irish followers for “fat shaming” LeBlanc because the picture depicts him trying fairly rotund.
“All of the Matt LeBlanc fat shaming isn’t fun or funny,” wrote one Canadian detractor.
Another critic from Yorkshire, UK wrote, “Stop fat shaming Matt LeBlanc. He’s the only good one.”
However, Irish “Friends” diehards insisted that the comparisons got here from a spot of affection.
One clapped back, “We are not fat shaming Matt LeBlanc we are claiming his as one of our own, because of his body language, because of his tired but amiable expression and the way he seems to be bracing himself for a long event full of people he loves that he would rather not be at but has to.”