The Answer

Photo by Brad Wilson

Jack Handey is indeed a real person. Although he is friends with Al Franken and has worked with Steve Martin, he is the sole author of “Deep Thoughts.”

Handey was a staff writer for several years on “Saturday Night Live,” where he penned such sketches as “Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car,” “Unfrozen Cave Man Lawyer,” “Happy Fun Ball,” “Anne Boleyn,” “Deer Heads,” “Robot Repair” and many others.

Handey also wrote and narrated “Deep Thoughts” and “Fuzzy Memories” for the show. Both segments became books.

For his writing on “SNL” and other comedy shows, Handey has won two Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award.

He now works as a freelance writer. His most recent book is a comic novel, “Escape From Hawaii.” He also contributes humor pieces to The New Yorker, Outside magazine and other publications. His 2008 book, “What I’d Say to the Martians,” is a collection of such essays.

Handey can occasionally be heard reading his work on WNYC’s nationally-syndicated radio show, “Studio 360.”

After many years in New York, he now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife Marta and dog Ruby and cats Romero and Perkins.

He hopes you enjoy his web site.

True Jack Fact

When Jack was in the eighth grade, he entered a contest sponsored by the local Optimist Club to write a speech about "What Makes America Great." He placed second out of three entries. He still has the trophy.