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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]