Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America

Meet the man who created “Deep Thoughts” and “Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer”—and who is about to release his first novel, The Stench of Honolulu:

“’A lot of comedy is going the extra step,’ Handey continued. ‘An unfrozen caveman was funny — but that’s not enough.’ Later, he e-mailed me a sheet of sketch ideas he typed up in 1991. The sketch seemed to be a combination of two ideas: ‘Too Many Frozen Cavemen,’ in which a surplus of frozen Neanderthals drive scientists crazy, and ‘Swamp Bastard,’ about a Swamp Thing-like creature who keeps stealing everyone’s girlfriends. ‘I guess my brain put these things in a blender,’ he wrote, ‘and out came Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.'”

Author: Dan Kois
Published: Jul 15, 2013
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