How SNL’s “The Friendos” Came To Be5 months ago by Amber Le in TV News
Last weekend, Donald Glover had the audience of SNL crying from tears of laughter with his skits. One of the crowd’s favorite happened to be The Friendos which is a spinoff of the Migos. Glover starred as Quavo, alongside Kenan Thompson as Takeoff and Chris Redd as Offset. It was a light hearted comedy about the group members receiving therapy and expressed their emotions towards each other. Director, Paul Briganti, and writers, Will Stephen and Gary Richardson revealed how the spoof came about.
Stephen revealed the trio have been thinking of writing up a parody for the Migos since they introduced Come Back Barack featuring Chance the Rapper and Kenan Thompson. Redd suggested showing the group being in therapy could be a way of redefining the way the culture looks at the practice. They waited for the perfect moment with the perfect host and here comes Donald Glover, ready to take over SNL and they knew that was it.
The team rehearsed The Friendos with music director, Eli Brueggemann, who praised Glover for being able to pick up the act quickly. The therapy part was filmed separately from the music video section and it was fun to intertwine the two since no one else had the slightest idea how the therapy session was even going to fit into the whole Migos ordeal. The most challenging part supposedly, was cutting to Thompson at the perfect time for him to talk about his emotions of underappreciation. Overall, the cast had a lot of fun with the process and the audience howled in laughter when the skir aired.