Jack Handey

Born Feb 25, 1949

Jack Handey is an American humorist. He is best known for his Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, a large body of surrealistic one-liner jokes, as well as his "Fuzzy Memories" and "My Big Thick Novel" shorts. Although many people assume otherwise, Handey is a real person, not a pen name or character.… Read More

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1949 Birth Handey was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1949. … Read More


1980 31 Years Old For several years Handey worked on other television projects: the Canadian sketch series Bizarre in 1980; the 1980 TV special Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty; and Lorne Michaels' short-lived sketch show on NBC called The New Show in 1984. … Read More
1984 35 Years Old In April 1984, National Lampoon published the first of Jack Handey's Deep Thoughts. … Read More


2001 52 Years Old Other Handey pieces that appeared on SNL included Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, "Fuzzy Memories" which depicted re-enactments of a twisted childhood memory and aired in the late 1990s, and the short-lived "My Big Thick Novel," which were spoken excerpts from a very long book in the style of "Deep Thoughts" and which aired during the 2001-2003 seasons of SNL. … Read More
2005 56 Years Old Several short humor pieces of his have appeared in The New Yorker's "Shouts & Murmurs" section: "What I'd Say to the Martians," in the issue of August 8 & 15, 2005; "This Is No Game," in the issue of January 9, 2006; "Ideas for Paintings," in the issue of March 20, 2006; "My First Day In Hell", in the issue of October 30, 2006; "My Nature Documentary", in the issue of July 2, 2007; "How Things Even Out", in the issue of March 3, 2008, "How I Want To Be Remembered," in the issue of March 31, 2008, "The Symbols on My Flag (And What They Mean)" in the issue of May 19, 2008 and "The Plan" in the issue of November 24, 2008. … Read More
2008 59 Years Old In early April, 2008, Handey published his first collection of magazine humor pieces, What I'd Say to the Martians and Other Veiled Threats. … Read More


2012 63 Years Old After four quiet years, Handey's piece "Alexander the Great" appeared in the March 12, 2012 issue of the New Yorker.
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