Posts tagged as Jack Handey

Jack Handey Looks Back on Working with Phil Hartman on 'SNL'

"Several times since Phil's death, I've had the same dream about him: I am back in the studio, working on Saturday Night Live, and Phil is there! 'Phil,' I say, 'I thought you were dead!' It turns out that it was a mistake that Phil was dead, or that now he's some type of reanimated zombie. All I know is I am very happy to see him again."

Jack Handey looks back on writing SNL sketches for Phil Hartman in a new piece for Slate. Today would have been Hartman's 66th birthday.

'The NY Times' Has an Excellent Jack Handey Profile Today

Longtime SNL writer Jack Handey, who's responsible for recurring sketches like "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" and "Deep Thoughts," is the subject of an excellent, in-depth profile in The New York Times Magazine today. Titled "Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America," it covers Handey's entire life and features quotes from Al Franken, George Meyer, Jim Downey, Ian Maxtone-Graham, and tons of other big-time comedy writers.

Watch a Trailer for Jack Handey's New Novel

Beloved SNL writer Jack Handey, who created sketches like "Deep Thoughts," "Toonces the Cat," and "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer," is set to release his first novel on Tuesday, July 16th. Called The Stench of Honolulu, it's an exotic comedic travel novel, and Handey made two animated videos out of excerpts from the book for Funny or Die. The first one's above and the second one's below:

Reading Jack Handey's Lost Screenplay 'Harv the Barbarian'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Called "the envy of every comedy writer in America" by The New York Times, Jack Handey spent over a decade writing for Saturday Night Live and creating memorable sketches and segments like "Deep Thoughts," "Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car," and "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer." Handey was part of a cluster of revered writers who joined SNL in the mid-'80s and went on to dominate the comedy world in the '90s and '00s, along with Conan O'Brien, Robert [...]

Talking to Jack Handey About His New Novel 'The Stench of Honolulu', Deep Thoughts, and More

I’ve read Hemingway, Faulkner, and McCarthy, but I say without facetiousness that Jack Handey has made a bigger impact on my writing than any of them. It’s almost sad to read one of his signature Deep Thoughts, because you know you will never write anything even half as good as that and it’s only a sentence long. (“If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy.”) It’s no wonder their influence can still be seen everywhere in the world of comedy.

During his tenure at SNL, he created [...]

Jack Handey's First Novel Comes Out in July

Beloved humorist Jack Handey (SNL's Deep Thoughts, The New Yorker), has written his first novel. Entitled The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure, the lean 240-page book is set for release on July 16th. Here's the official summary:

Are you a fan of books in which famous tourist destinations are repurposed as unlivable hellholes for no particular reason? Read on! Jack Handey's first novel is an exotic tale with laugh-out-loud twists and unforgettable characters. A reliably unreliable narrator and his friend, some guy named Don, need to get out of town. They have a taste for adventure, so they pay visit to a relic of bygone days-a travel [...]

The Best Jack Handey Joke Ever

Mark Peters has a new column over at McSweeneys called "Best Joke Ever," where he'll look at the greatest jokes from various funny people. In his first, he explores this classic line from the incomparable Jack Handey: "I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves.”

Watch Two More Animated Excerpts from Jack Handey's New Novel

Longtime SNL writer Jack Handey, is releasing his first novel, The Stench of Honolulu, on Tuesday, and yesterday, he released two animated excerpts from the book made for Funny or Die. Handey and FOD put out two more animated clips today; the first one's above and the second one's below. Watching these animated shorts just makes me wanted a Jack Handey animated series, which is something that hasn't happened yet for some reason.

The First Splitsider Comedy Book Club Book Is…

And Here's The Kicker by Mike Sacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHTK won the popular comment vote, narrowly beating Chris Gethard's A Bad Idea I'm About to Do (which will definitely be the second book we'll do). In a way, it's the perfect book to start the series, as it offers so many different points of view. The book features 21 interviews with some of the most revered comedy writers ever from George Meyer to David Sedaris to Jack Handey to Bob Odenkirk to Harold Ramis – seriously, I kind of just want to list all the amazing names – each offering their unique perspective on comedy.

So, what's next? [...]