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Chandler on Friends: A match made in comedy heaven

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Fans of TV show Friends will be very familiar with Chandler Bing's zingy one-liners and ability to cut through any situation with sarcasm - of its six main characters, he was arguably the funniest.

The late Matthew Perry's character could be summed up by him saying: "Hi, I'm Chandler, I make jokes when I'm uncomfortable" and "I'm not great at advice, can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?"

Chandler was quick, dry and witty, although Perry struggled behind the scenes with his well-documented addictions, both still loved to get big laughs.

Friends' script writers provided Perry with ample opportunity, which he was brilliant at delivering.

Perry told CNN's Larry King in 2002 he was inspired to become an actor by his father, John Bennett Perry, saying he had wanted to "follow in his footsteps".

In his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry wrote about the huge crossover between himself and Chandler's characters.


When he was sent the script he felt the role was made for him.

"It was as if someone had followed me around for a year, stealing my jokes, copying my mannerisms, photocopying my world-weary yet witty view of life…" he wrote.

"It wasn't that I thought I could play Chandler; I was Chandler."

Last year he told The Times: "At my audition I broke all the rules. For a start, I didn't carry any pages of the script (you're supposed to carry the script with you when you read, because that way you're acknowledging to the writers that it's just a work in progress). But I knew the script so well by this point. Of course, I nailed it...

"I read the words in an unexpected fashion, hitting emphases that no one else had hit..."I didn't know it yet, but my way of speaking would filter into the culture across the next few decades.

"For now, though, I was just trying to find interesting ways into lines that were already funny, but that I thought I could truly make dance. (I was once told that the writers would underline the word not usually emphasised in a sentence just to see what I would do with it)."

The internet is peppered with some of Chandler's best quips as well as endless memes of him getting the last laugh, usually with a whip-smart response to his on-screen friends - Joey, Monica, Ross, Rachel and Phoebe.

Sometimes it was at his own expense though.

Although Chandler wasn't an emotionally open character, he occasionally referenced having had a "bad childhood".

He was often self-aware, deflecting away from his vulnerabilities with humour, with lines such as:

  • "When I first meet somebody it's usually panic, anxiety, and a great deal of sweating."
  • "Until I was 25, I thought that the only response to 'I love you' was 'Oh, crap!'"
  • "It's always better to lie than to have the complicated discussion."

During one episode, Chandler is chatting with Joey [Matt LeBlanc], in their apartment and asks his friend: "What must it be like not to be crippled by fear and self-loathing?" to which his much less complex roomie replies: "It's okay!"




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