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6 ‘Friends’ On-Set Stories That Prove Matthew Perry Was A Real-Life Chandler Bing

When we think of the iconic TV show ‘FRIENDS,’ Chandler Bing’s sarcastic wit and impeccable timing often come to mind. The man behind this beloved character, Matthew Perry, wasn’t just a genius on screen; he was just as hilarious behind the scenes.

As the show’s run spanned a decade, there were plenty of moments that showcased Perry’s natural talent for comedy. Here are some unforgettable on-set stories that highlight why Matthew Perry was, without a doubt, a real-life comic genius.

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Matthew Perry Was Just Like Chandler Bing In Real Life As Well

Everyone is familiar with the sarcastic comments and lightning-fast witty comeback from Chandler Bing but only a few know that the man playing the character was funny as hell even in real life. Here are some instances that prove Matthew Perry’s comic prowess:

1. Ad-libbing Genius

Joey's blue lipstick ad
Joey’s blue lipstick ad

During a scene where Joey had to advertise a blue lipstick for men, Matthew spontaneously quipped, “Sounds like a rejected product from Die Hard 4.” This line wasn’t in the script, but Perry’s comic instinct knew it would be a hit. Needless to say, it made the cut.

2. The Infamous Foosball Table

FRIENDS foosball table
FRIENDS Foosball Table

The foosball table in Joey and Chandler’s apartment was a central piece to many episodes. But did you know that Matthew once joked about it being “the third roommate” since it took up so much space? This light-hearted banter became an inside joke among the cast for years.

3. The One With The Tongue Twister

Matthew Perry Friends
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing

Remember the scene where Chandler had to say, “Chandler Bing. Bing, it’s Gaelic for ‘Thy turkey’s done’?” Perry was the one who suggested this tongue-twisting line, proving his flair for blending humor with wordplay.

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4. Quick To Recover

Matthew Perry Friends
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing

During a table read, Perry mistakenly read a line that was meant for Monica. Instead of panicking, he humorously added, “Sorry, I was thinking of having a gender reassignment.” The room burst into laughter, and the moment became one of the most memorable behind-the-scenes episodes.

5. Teasing The Guest Stars

Matthew Robert With Guest Star Julia Roberts
Matthew Perry with guest star Julia Roberts

When Julia Roberts guest-starred on the show, Perry didn’t miss a beat. During a break, he playfully remarked, “Julia, I see your talent has caught up with your fame,” keeping everyone on their toes and in high spirits.

6. The King Of Sarcasm

Matthew Perry Friends
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing

No one could beat Perry at sarcasm, even off-camera. When asked if he would miss the show post its finale, he sarcastically retorted, “Oh no, why would I miss millions of dollars and worldwide fame?” That’s Matthew for you—always ready with a comeback.

These tales from behind the scenes of ‘FRIENDS’ highlight just how integral Matthew Perry’s humor was, not only to his character but to the entire show’s ambiance. His real-life comic genius infused Chandler Bing with a unique charm and made the series all the more legendary.

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Shubham Tyagi
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Shubham Tyagi is the content manager at FirstCuriosity. A self-described Infomaniac, he is very passionate about Mythologies around the world, and his fascination with the subject is only surpassed by his devotion to Fantasy, Fiction, and Sci-fi movies. A polygamist reader, he is on a mission to collect as many stories as possible and probably add some of his own to the vast ocean of historical memory.