Believe it or not, Matthew Perry — who breathed life and laughter into the beloved Friends character known as Chandler Bing (or rather, Miss Chanandler Bong) — turns 45-years-old on Tuesday, Aug. 19. And while that information is bound to make some of us feel slightly old, it also gives fans (like myself) an excuse to harken back to those good old Central Perk days and remember all of the many ways Perry was there for us just as we were, and always will be, there for him.
Full of punchy one-liners and enough sarcasm to fill an ATM vestibule (even with Jill Goodacre inside it), Chandler became an instant favorite of mine, despite the fact that I still can’t quite figure out what the hell his job used to be. (Are we entirely sure "transponster" isn’t actually the right answer?) And though the show itself has taught us many wonderful lessons throughout its 10 year run and beyond, Chandler has proven — in my opinion, at least — to be the most relatable Friends character of the bunch. So what better way to commemorate Perry’s birth than by recalling all those times the Chan-Chan man really seemed to just "get" us? Could this post BE more nostalgic?
When He Had Serious Doubts About His Love Life
Hey, we’ve all been there.
When Pie Became His Top Priority
Chandler, like us, wasn't going to let a little thing like being full get in the way of enjoying something so delicious. Power through the pain, my friend!
When His Seduction Skills Fell a Little Short
We all try to be sexy… but sometimes it just sounds a lot better in our heads.
When NYC Transportation Got the Best of Him
Was it the F train? It was probably the F train.
When He Realized Honesty Is Most Likely the Best Policy
Laughter is not only the best medicine — it can also be the best silence filler.
When He Confessed Too Much Too Soon in a Relationship
Word vomit strikes again.
When He Felt the Crippling Fear of a Career Change
Every single person has had this thought at one point in their adult life.
When He Went On This Interview
In pursuit of said career change. #NailedIt
When He Felt the Need For Privacy
Some things are meant to be kept sacred… like emails and your fastest time scores on Minesweeper.
When He Recalled His Previous Relationships
Don’t worry, Chandler. We love you.
When He Felt Intimidated By Another Person's Good Looks
Especially when that person is Brad freaking Pitt.
When He Felt Trapped in a Relationship
OH. MY. GOD. Situations like this can be the absolute worst. Helpful tip: Just tell them you’re moving to Yemen and they should back right off.
When He Needed Some Serious "Me" Time
The warm water… the bubbles… what's not to love?
When He Explored the Murky Waters of Internet Dating
Ah, the joys and dangers of the Internet. Sometimes the people you meet seem really cool and you're 85 percent sure they aren’t an actual serial killer. Then other times, like in Chandler's case, they turn out to be your ex. (Awkward.)
When He Felt Ignored
Well, superheroes are all the rage these days.
When He Tried Cutting Down on Expenses
It’s a lot easier said than done.
When He Too Felt Frustrated With Ross and Rachel’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship
Preach, Bing. PREACH!
You're simply the best, Chandler Bing. Don’t ever change.