And Here’s the Kicker


If you’re looking for a good bathroom book, I enthusiastically endorse Mike Sacks’s And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft — first, because the short interviews are well-suited to quick and easy digestion, and second, because you may occasionally lose control of your bowels with merriment. Perhaps my favorite part comes from “Deep Thoughts” author Jack Handey, regarding longtime Saturday Night Live head writer Jim Downey:

Here’s an example of how Jim’s mind works: He once went to one of those places in Times Square where you can choose your own headline and have it printed on the front page of a fake newspaper. So Jim had one made up to read something like CITY COUNCIL TABLES REZONING RESOLUTION.

The guy at the fake-newspaper shop was explaining to him, “No, no, you want it to say something like JACK’S BIRTHDAY CANDLES START FOREST FIRE.”

Jim remained unconvinced.

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