He has been known to many as the loveable, albeit dim-witted, character on the hit show Friends. However, Matt LeBlanc’s portrayal of Joey Tribbiani has made him a friend that most of us can’t stand; at least not in real life! For the sake of this article, we will go ahead and assume that you have seen at least one episode of Friends and have formed an opinion about Joey based on what we have witnessed from LeBlanc’s character through his various interactions with our other favorite characters on the show. Joey Tribbiani: The Friend We all Love to Hate

Who was Matthew Perry playing in Friends?

Although Matthew Perry was a comedy icon due to his role as Chandler Bing, Matt LeBlanc landed on everyone’s radar when he played Joey in Friends. Although some say Joey was only a watered down version of Chandler, with his deep voice and short temper, it is hard not to love him. The writers have gotten quite good at torturing Joey over the years but that has only made us like him more. Let’s take a look at how they developed Joey from season one till today so we can see just how much he has changed and if you agree with me that he is one of your favorite Friends characters.

How did he become so popular despite being such a terrible friend?

In Hollywood, fame is a very fickle thing. Most actors strive for years before they become famous and even then, only land recurring roles on television shows. Sure, some stars are born overnight but for many of us, it’s a long road to success. Having said that…The fact is that Matt LeBlanc had been on another hit show before Friends—just not a comedy (he played Paul on Mad About You).

Joey Tribbiani: The Friend We all Love to Hate
Joey Tribbiani: The Friend We all Love to Hate

That’s why he was so perfect for Joey Tribbiani, our bumbling idiot of a friend who somehow seems endearing nonetheless because he’s just SO enthusiastic about everything! This may be a controversial opinion but despite his flaws and mistakes—the times he dates girls half his age or forgets people’s names—we still like him.

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Why do we still like him even though he’s horrible to Chandler?

As I watched The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry (S7E4), one thing was abundantly clear: Joey is a terrible friend. He taunts Chandler, makes fun of him and when it’s not appropriate, even sexually harasses him. But still I don’t hate Joey. In fact, even though he is clearly one of my favorite TV characters ever, I like him even more because he has moments where you can see that deep down, he really just wants his friends to be happy—even if they aren’t happy with him.

All about the How you doin’ meme

Joey created one of YouTube’s earliest viral videos with his How You Doin’ short. He used a handheld digital camera to shoot a seven-minute improvisational sketch about being on a break from an unnamed girlfriend, thus spawning numerous parodies in which he asks people on a variety of long breaks if they’re doing good. Joey was ranked No. 8 on VH1’s 40 Greatest One Hit Wonders. In 2016, PopCrush named him No. 28 on its list of Top 30 Best Friends On TV, stating that Joey is well-intentioned and kind … and also sort of dumb in an endearing way. For his performance as Joey, LeBlanc won two Golden Globe Awards and also received five nominations.

References and trivia about Joey

While some of his former co-stars had modest success in their post-Friends careers, LeBlanc’s career failed to get off its feet. In 2003, he was chosen by People magazine as one of that year’s 50 Most Beautiful People. He returned for a cameo appearance in Friends’ series finale, The Last One, which aired May 6, 2004. From 2006 until 2010, LeBlanc starred on CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher.

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What happened to him after Friends ended?

Matthew Perry was once ranked as #10 on VH1’s The 100 Greatest Kid Stars list. He appeared on a 1990 episode of Punky Brewster, Celeste Takes Over, as Topanga Lawrence, where he famously kissed Punky Brewster actress Soleil Moon Frye during a talent show sketch. He reprised his role as Chandler Bing for NBC’s Friends 10-year reunion specials in 2002 and 2013. As far as I’m concerned, Matthew Perry needs no introduction or explanation; we’ve known him since he was Chandler Bing, our goofy yet lovable friend from Friends.

Joey Tribbiani: The Friend We all Love to Hate
Joey Tribbiani: The Friend We all Love to Hate

Interesting trivia about Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry played two characters on Friends. He played Chandler Bing, and he also played another character in one episode of Friends, when a character had amnesia and didn’t remember who any of his friends were. That was in 1996 (Season 2). In that episode his name was Terry. This happened again in 2014 (Season 10), when a special flashback episode had Matthew Perry playing Joey for a couple minutes as if it were 1995 again. This time he also used an alternate name, his real name, Matthew LeBlanc.

Is Matt LeBlanc similar to Joey?

While many people love Matt LeBlanc’s character on Friends, there are plenty who couldn’t stand him. Why? I’ve got a few ideas. So if you didn’t like Joey, here’s some insight into why that may be — and why it may not have been LeBlanc’s fault.

Why did Joey get Cancelled?

Despite being one of Friends’ most beloved characters, Joey is actually pretty terrible. How bad is he? He sleeps with everyone, his acting sucks, and he makes horrible decisions time and time again. For every good thing that happens in his life he makes sure it gets ruined by making a mistake or doing something stupid. Let’s take a look at some of Joey’s worst moments on Friends

Did any Friends cast appear Joey?

No, but there was also Rachel Green. Rachel started as Ross Geller’s roommate and later became his girlfriend and then wife. Rachel is cute, smart, trendy, and a shopaholic with impulsive spending habits; she loves new clothes and is usually irresponsible with money. It is revealed that before Joey moved in with Chandler Bing and Monica Geller he had an on-and-off relationship with her for about ten years. When Ross finds out about their past relationship he becomes jealous of both of them but eventually befriends Joey despite his jealousy.

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Does Matt LeBlanc have a daughter?

Matt LeBlanc has a daughter, Marina LeBlanc. She is from his marriage with Melissa McKnight. Matt and Melissa were married from 1996 – 2001. He also has 2 sons from a previous relationship (Gregory & Darian). He was in another relationship with Andrea Anders for about 10 years until 2006. But as far as we know, he’s not had any other children.

Who is the dumb one in Friends?

It is not Joey, Chandler, Ross or Monica. It’s Phoebe. Yes Phoebe is very ditzy and kooky but she is in fact dumb! Now don’t get me wrong here I am a massive Friends fan from day one when it first aired on Channel 4 in 1994 (I was 8 back then!) I’ve always been quite an outspoken person who tells it how it is so hear goes my reasons why Phoebe is dumb even though we love her dearly! (Although if you are a massive fan of hers then please don’t hate me!).

Why did Joey get dumber?

When Friends first aired, it followed Joey (Matt LeBlanc) from his time as a struggling actor trying to be famous for short periods of time until he finally landed a part on Days of Our Lives as Dr. Drake Ramoray. It is not until Season 7 that Joey becomes an annoying, semi-retarded character that we love to hate. Why did he change? He had essentially lost all of his dreams and became comfortable in his role on Days of Our Lives, so much so that even one more rejection felt like too much for him. Comfortability can lead people down different paths in life; some good and some bad. In Joey’s case, it was clear cut bad because he completely changed who he was and turned into someone new entirely.

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