How a 13-year-old Friends superfan ended up getting a surprise visit from Courteney Cox

After a British teenager's virtual Friends-themed bar mitvah went viral, Courteney Cox decided to surprise the superfan with a video call and his own football table.

Cox spoke to 13-year-old Naftali Arden, from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, via videolink on The Late Late Show with James Corden and surprised him with the gift.

I was really touched by your story, so because you couldn't have your bar mitzvah the way you wanted I decided to get you a foosball table, just like the one in Joey and Chandler's apartment.

Arden appeared to be delighted, and told Cox that he had watched every series of Friends through seven times.

He also explained that he decided to hold the virtual bar mitzvah after lockdown measures meant that he was unable to have his party in person.

Had the bar mitzvah taken place in person, there would have been an orange sofa and table football like the one in Friends, and different tables named after different characters.

Instead, Arden held what his rabbi Alex Chapper described as the "first ever online bar mitzvah".

Although he only expected close family and friends attend, Arden's Friends-themed celebrations were watched by thousands online.

"I've come to a bit of a realisation," Arden said in a speech at his virtual bar mitvah. "The lyrics of the Friends theme tune starts with the words 'so no-one told you life was gonna be this way'."

"But the chorus of that song has a much more uplifting line. I'll be there for you, like you're there for me too."

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