It’s hard to believe that this year marks 25 years since the very first episode of Friends aired and to this day it’s still as popular as ever. There is no denying that this sitcom will always be a classic and no show has quite matched the brilliance of this show since. Much of the credit must be given to the stellar cast as the chemistry between them made it easy for viewers to invest themselves in their friendships. The comedy of the show felt natural and each core character has some stand out comedic moments, so I thought it would be fun to write this post ranking the funniest Friends characters.
6. Rachel Green
When it comes to a character arc, Rachel takes the crown. She’s gone from a spoilt rich girl to a career woman. Looking back, her growth was one of the most beautiful arcs on the show. However, when it comes to comedy, Rachel is at her funniest when she gets to play off the other friends. This is never seen more clearly than in her interactions with Phoebe as her roommate. From channelling unagi to hunting down Monica’s wedding dress, some of Rachel’s funniest moments are usually heightened by another character’s reaction.
5. Monica Geller
Like Rachel, Monica’s comedic side usually comes out when she has another character to playoff. In some ways, you could say that Monica grounds the rest of the cast from veering off too far off into the ridiculousness of the show. She’s definitely had some bright moments and her competitiveness has given us some laughs, but she is not the funniest character of the show.
4. Ross Geller
Here’s the thing about Ross Geller. He has so many hilarious moments, David Schwimmer’s facial expressions are pure brilliant, and the situations he finds himself in are comedy gold. However, none of that can overshadow the fact that Ross has also proven to be the most unlikeable character on the show. This is clearly demonstrated in his possessive nature of Rachel in the third season as he becomes increasingly jealous of Rachel’s colleague, Mark. In hindsight, Rachel and Ross’ relationship is a clear example of a toxic relationship and that definitely took a hit on his character.
3. Joey Tribbiani
He might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he has a heart of gold and a love for food that trumps all others. Joey is one of those characters that are perfect for breaking up serious moments in the show with his random quips. He has a brilliant dynamic with the rest of the friends, and there is nothing more endearing than the friendship between him and Chandler. Joey deserves his place in the top 3.
2. Phoebe Buffay
Who doesn’t love the free-spirited Phoebe Buffay? She is the character that comes out with the most random anecdotes (he’s her lobster) yet is the one character that remains true to herself throughout the whole show. From belting out Smelly Cat to masterminding the brilliant outing of Chandler and Monica’s relationship, Phoebe has always been the most positively hilarious character on the show, and some of her funniest moments came from her interactions with this lists number one comedy star.
1. Chandler Bing
I feel like everyone can relate to Chandler in one way or another. He’s awkward, unlucky in love, and tells the best worst jokes ever. His presence is felt every time he walks into the room and from his perfectly timed one-liners to his disastrous dancing, you are guaranteed to always get a laugh out of Chandler.
Who do you think is the funniest character in Friends?