According to Perry, his insecurity about his comedic skills meant that his concern was heightened if the audience did not react positively to his jokes.
“For me, I felt like I was going to die if I didn’t laugh,” he said of his experience on an NBC show that ran 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. “And it’s certainly not healthy.”
Perry was 24 when he played the role of Chandler and consistently gave Comedy Gold with his epic one-liners – but not everything was rosy behind the scenes.
“Sometimes I used to say a line and they didn’t laugh and I used to sweat and like, go into convulsions. If I didn’t get the laughter I was going to get, I would panic,” he admitted.
His revelation surprised the rest of the cast, with Kudrow saying: “You didn’t tell us that. I don’t remember you ever saying that.”
Perry replied, “Oh yes, I used to feel the same every night.”
This is not the first time Perry has spoken openly about his personal battle during the climax of his “Friends” success.
In an appearance on BBC Radio in 2016, he admitted that three years of the “Friends” era were hazy due to his alcoholism and substance abuse.
Asked which was his favorite episode, he told the interviewer: “I think the answer is that I don’t remember its three years. … somewhere between seasons 3 and 6.”
He said: “I was a little bit out of it.”
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