Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay)
Playing the role of the ditz-slash-ex-con Phoebe Buffay, Kudrow garnered six Emmy nominations, more than any other cast member during the show's 10-year run. Whether she was revealing another shocking tale from her past or getting the chorus of "Smelly Cat" stuck in our heads, Phoebe was undeniably the most dynamic character of the Central Perk crew. Well before the show ended, Lisa had already begun to parlay her small-screen success for the big screen, playing one half of the memorable comedy Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997) and working with independent filmmaker/frequent collaborator Don Roos such Sundance-approved ensemble dramadies as The Opposite of Sex (1998) and Happy Endings (2005).
After Friends, Lisa created, produced and starred in a show about a has-been sitcom star that tries to return to show biz called The Comeback for HBO. The incredibly meta series earned her another Emmy before being yanked after one season; appropos of its name, the show has finally been granted a second season and will be "coming back" for a limited six-episode run this fall. Currently, her comedic genius is on display in the improvised Web series-turned-Showtime pickup Web Therapy, which she co-created with Roos and Scandal star Dan Bucatinsky. Every episode pairs her long-struggling character Dr. Fiona Wallice in session with starry list of guest patients like Rashida Jones, Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep.