For fans of the hit 90s sitcom Friends, this one’s pretty straightforward. One of the most beloved characters on the show was Chandler Bing, who also happened to be one of the funniest characters on TV. An executive in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration for a large shipping company, he would often crack jokes about himself and his strange habits, making him an even more popular character with audiences everywhere. Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing
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Small Screen, Big Impact
Who could have predicted that a show about a gang of single New Yorkers would be one of TV’s most beloved sitcoms? Matthew Perry’s tenure as Chandler on Friends lasted from 1994 to 2004, and was an essential part of what made that series so successful. Here are 5 things you may not know about him
Friends was ahead of its time
Did you know that, until season three of Friends, Ross Geller’s wife was never seen onscreen? Yep. Over time, producers added Carol to scenes in more and more shots until she became a recurring character. This is an example of how shows can change over time—sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. In season ten of Friends, Joey Tribbiani lost his job because he couldn’t remember his lines (sound familiar?). If you watch reruns today, however, you might notice that he didn’t lose his job at all; instead he got promoted! This is an example of how television shows can change over time—sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.
The stars were perfect for their roles
no one could have played them better. Matthew Perry’s name fits his character’s flawlessly. Chandler Bing is a sarcastic, funny guy who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else around him, and it shows in how he plays off Joey, Phoebe, Rachel and Ross—especially Joey. But there is a serious side to him; he isn’t just an immature goofball.
Each character brought something unique to the mix
While each character was funny in his or her own right, they were funniest when they were interacting with each other. This is due to how similar they all are: They have a sardonic sense of humor, and it’s their camaraderie that made them so entertaining to watch. Think about The Odd Couple—can you imagine it without Oscar and Felix? Of course not! It’s because of their different personalities that we love watching them get on each other’s nerves.
Ross’s wife was initially meant to be an ex-girlfriend of Chandler’s
We tried that for a little while and then decided it was kind of a weird thing and he didn’t feel comfortable doing it. It would have been very confusing, I think, for the audience. So we just decided to make her an ex-girlfriend of Ross’s…[and] there was no real reason why she couldn’t be black or hispanic.
One scene required 30 takes – but they got it right on the 31st try
In an episode of Friends, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing, required numerous takes to nail a scene in which he had to drink from a mug. The problem? He kept laughing at himself because he looked like Steve Urkel, according to his co-star David Schwimmer. But they nailed it on take 31.