‘Friends’ has stayed popular, according to Matthew Perry, because of the “character-driven” humour.
The 51-year-old actor played Chandler Bing in the NBC sitcom, which has remained a huge popular despite the show’s cancellation in 2004 after ten years on the air.
After recently recording a special reunion episode with his co-stars – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer – Matthew believes the show has remained successful because it never relied on “timely gags” that would lose their appeal to new viewers.
“It was a character-driven comedy, not a timely comedy,” he remarked. They didn’t crack jokes at the appropriate times. They didn’t make any references to O.J. Simpson. They developed character-driven gags about people, and people will come back to see that time and time again.”
Matthew and his co-stars chatted to People magazine about their upcoming reunion show, which will premiere on HBO Max on May 27.
The six stars will reminisce about their experience on the programme in a special episode dubbed “Friends: The Reunion,” which will include table reads of fan-favorite scenes and re-imaginings of classic moments.
“I was filled with 10 years of treasured memories,” Courteney, 56, added.
Matt, who is 53 years old, added: “When we do get together, it’s almost as if no time has passed. We continue from where we left off.”
In addition, Matthew stated that the cast’s chemistry is still “wonderful.”
Matt responded with a witty remark: “It’s awkward. I’d describe it as awkward.”
Meanwhile, Lisa recently revealed that filming the ‘Friends’ reunion was “very emotional” for her.
She stated, ” “It was quite moving, and I found myself crying all over again as I watched it again and again. It’s also quite thrilling. We were able to spend time together, and [Matt] LeBlanc delivers a narrative like no one else. I’m a big laugher.”