Matthew Perry Reveals His Fave Chandler Bing One-Liner

by S. Atkinson
Warner Bros. Television

If you love Friends, a lot of that probably has something to do with one Chandler Bing. While the humor could occasionally get a little slapstick, Chandler was Central Perk's Oscar Wilde; he was all about those pithy one-liners and managed to pack a universe of humor into one tight retort. So if you've been lying awake at night, agonizing over what Matthew Perry's favorite Chandler one-liner was, please. I've got you. In an interview with Good Morning America, the actor finally revealed that his favorite line comes from Season 2's premiere episode “The One With Ross’s New Girlfriend," and it's... an interesting choice.

While this should be all the prompting you need to set aside your evening for a rewatch, let me boil it down for you. Joey suggests that his pal should use the same tailor he's been using for years. When struggling with the arithmetic as to when he got his first suit with the tailor, stating “I was 15. No wait … 16. No, excuse me, 15. All right, when was 1990?”, Chandler quips “OK, you have to stop the Q-tip when there’s resistance.”

Which is both hilarious and kind of mean, but that was your favorite male Friend all over, right? The jokes Friends' funniest character told often functioned as sick burns.

It's surprising only because, well, there are a whole host of Chandler lines that I personally feel outrank this one (though sure, it's a classic too). The sharpest of his lines seemed to rely on combining his snark with a visual joke, like when he's covered his face in shaving foam and poor sweet Joey asks "Shaving?" to which he responds, "Rabies." Or when he responds to an overtanned-to-the-point-of-orange Ross announcing "I went to that tanning place your wife recommended" with "Was that place the sun?"

But sure, the Q-tip line's pretty magical, too.

So, the next time the Joey in your life can't seem to find the right words, you know what line to hit them with. They may not end up giving you the number to their tailor, but they'll know how irrepressibly witty you are, and I think we can all agree that's even more important.