Phoebe Buffay may have appeared to be the quirky sidekick on Friends, but she was the most grounded member of the sixsome all along.

So much of the humour on Friends stems from hyperbole. Joey breaks a chair, and it's "the best day ever!" Chandler and Janice have "the worst breakup ever." Monica's co-worker is "the funniest guy she's ever met." Of America's mostly beloved sixsome, Phoebe Buffay, the corkscrew blonde, guitar-playing masseuse played by Lisa Kudrow, would seem like the primary candidate for this brand of funny.

Phoebe is presented to us as the extreme one, the oddball sidekick,

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