Jack Handey (born 25 February 1949) is an American humorist. He is most famous for his Deep Thoughts, a large corpus of surrealistic one-liner jokes. Deep Thoughts were first seen in small comedy magazine Army Man Comics edited by George Meyer and continued in National Lampoon in 1984 though gained popularity when they were read on Saturday Night Live beginning in 1991.
- If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.
- "Deep Thoughts" segment, Saturday Night Live (12 October 1991)
- I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they'd never expect it.
- Deep Thoughts (1992), Berkley Publishing Group, ISBN 0-425-13365-6
- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."
- Deep Thoughts (1992)
- It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.
- Deep Thoughts (1992)
- If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone.
- Deeper Thoughts : All New, All Crispy (1993) ISBN 1-56282-840-1
- Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself. Basically, it's made up of two separate words — "mank" and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.
- Deeper Thoughts: All New, All Crispy (1993)
- I guess we were kinda poor when we were kids, but we didn't know it. That's because my dad always refused to let us look at the family's financial records.
- Fuzzy Memories (1996), Andrews McMeel Publishing, ISBN 0-8362-1040-9
- Official website
- Jack Handey on IMDb
- "What I'd Say To The Martians" short piece in The New Yorker (2005)
- "In Praise of the Human Body" short piece for Outside (2005)
- "My Speech To The Martians" on the radio program Studio 360 (5 May 2006)
- "This is No Game"short piece in The New Yorker (2006)
- "My First Day In Hell" short piece in The New Yorker (2006)
- "Ideas for Paintings" short piece in The New Yorker (2006)
- "My Nature Documentary" *[http://www.newyorker.com/shouts/content/articles/060109sh_shouts "This is No Game"short piece in The New Yorker (2 July 2007)
- Extensive audio interview on public radio program The Sound of Young America