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I'm continually amazed at how the funniest people can be the most tragic.
But I liked his character and comedic roles. Always upbeat and funny.
Perry wrote an autobiography that I hear is worth reading.
My daughter is a fan, read the book and went to see him speak at a book signing in Brooklyn.
She learned that as young kid, whenever sick the family doctor prescribed barbiturates, which basically primed him for abusing drugs and addiction.
"I'm told I took phenobarbital during the second month of my life, between the ages of thirty and sixty days. This is an important time in a baby's development, especially when it comes to sleeping. (Fifty years later I still don't sleep well.) Once the barbiturate was on board, I would just conk out. Apparently, I'd be crying, and the drug would hit, and I'd be knocked out, and this would cause my father to erupt in laughter. He wasn't being cruel, stoned babies are funny."
"I want to be very clear on this point. I do NOT blame my parents for this. Your child is crying all the time, clearly something is wrong, the doctor prescribes a drug, he's not the only doctor who thinks it's a good idea, you give the drug to the child, the child stops crying. It was a different time."
It was very encouraging that he had gotten his life back in order.
While likely not a popular thing to say around here, I really enjoyed Friends when it was running, still watch it and think its great. Perry was hilarious and in interviews seemed like a genuinely nice guy.
Very sad that he has passed. RIP.
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My wife and 12-year-old daughter both want the book, both readers.
We also still regularly watch Friends, and he in all of our opinions was by far the leader of the pack as far as comedy went. He was also decent in his 2 following shows, but they just never caught on.
We haven't watched Friends since his passing. I have never been affected by the passing of a celebrity (they're essentially just people I don't know), but Perry hit pretty hard to be honest.
We watched his interview... sounds like a guy that got what he wanted, but it wasn't at all what he really wanted sadly.
I remember close to the beginning, something like:
"Yes, I have it because I was on Friends"
But the way he said it... was telling to me.
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