Chandler Bing: The King of Sarcasm

By Larena Tannert

One of the most iconic characters in TV history, Chandler Bing has fans of the show Friends rolling on the floor with laughter. Whether it be his continuous sarcasm and witty jokes, or his kind and caring nature for his friends, Chandler has stolen the hearts of many American viewers. What many people don’t recognize is, behind his comedic facade, Chandler is actually a sensitive guy who is using humor to mask his childhood trauma. Many Friends lovers don’t realize that Chandler hides his discomfort in awkward situations with irony and ridicule, displayed most clearly in the line where he says, “I’m not great at advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” Despite the sad story behind the comedic nature, Chandler Bing has provided loads of hilarious lines that many people still quote in casual conversation. Many of his lines are relatable and quirky, and here are a couple of my favorite:

“Until the age of 25, I thought the only response to ‘I love you’ was ‘Oh crap’.”

“She’s right. If I were a guy and… did I just say, if I were a guy?”

“Hi, I’m Chandler, I make jokes when I’m uncomfortable.”

“I say more dumb things before 9 a.m. than most people say all day”

“It’s actually Miss Chanandler Bong.”

“I’m funny, right? What do you know, you’re a door. You only like knock-knock jokes.”

“Alright, I took the quiz. And it turns out I do put my career before men.”

“I’m glad we’re having a rehearsal dinner, I rarely practice my meals before I eat.”

As a whole, Chandler Muriel Bing is one of the funniest characters to ever be created, and his crucial role on the show Friends has led many women to fall in love with his charm and comedic genius. His growth throughout the series, despite the ups and downs he faces, enhances his entire purpose on the show. The endless love and support he expresses for his friends, especially for his best friend and roommate, Joey Tribbiani, reveals just how big Chandler’s heart is. Chandler’s caring nature and sarcastic humor makes him a popular persona in American culture.