Fans of Abba were delighted in 2018 when a star-studded cast including Cher, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried brought the feel good musical Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again to screens.
The iconic film has now been parodied by some of the biggest names in the UK in a hilarious sketch for Red Nose Day. Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders appeared as Meryl Streep in the latest comedy clip. Fans will recall Streep played Donna in both the Mamma Mia films, while Saunders also delivered a hysterical impersonation of Cher, who played Donna’s mother in last year’s movie.
Titled Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Yet Again, the clip joked that everything fans loved about the first film had been rehashed for the sequel, while an ongoing joke was that “Cher” would be appearing in the clip. It also claimed the film featured more songs than Abba ever knew they’d written, while the stars of the clip performed a number of over-the-top dance routines in homage to the original movie.
Other familiar faces who popped up in the clip included Gemma Arterton as Lily James, Carey Mulligan as Amanda Seyfried, Alan Carr as Colin Firth, Tom Hollander as Andy Garcia and Philip Glenister as Pierce Brosnan.
Flamboyant TV host Carr, who played Firth playing Harry, was referred to as “the gay one”, while Glenister played Brosnan playing Sam, who was labelled “the one who can’t sing” in the parody clip. Many fans have been critical of Brosnan’s singing ability in the musicals. Meanwhile, Swedish character Bill Anderson was literally played by swede in the clip.
Eventually, “Cher” appeared on screen to hilarious effect.
“Well, my agent rang and said, ‘Cher, you’re doing the movie’. I didn’t even know what the movie was,” Saunders said as the ‘Believe’ singer. “He said it would be great. You get a tour and an album.”
In a segment making fun of the interviews Cher gave while promoting the film, she later added again: “It was great and I get an album and a tour. I get a tour.”
Cher famously released an Abba-inspired album following her stint in the movie and embarked on a world tour singing songs made famous by the band.
The clip went on to make fun of the character of Donna dying and then coming back for one final song at the end of the movie. Fans have been quick to praise the parody on YouTube.
One person wrote: “I laughed so hard when Jennifer walked down the stairs as Cher.”
Another comment read: “Jennifer Saunders never fails to amaze me with her chameleon-like ability to become whoever she is playing; she looks so much like Meryl here its mad. Loved her and this whole spoof!”
A third added: “That Cher impression was spot on.”
The latest clip came a decade after the original Mama Mia film was spoofed in another parody clip for Red Nose Day.