Jack Handey's Nature Documentary
By barton808 on Jul 10, 2007
One of my favorite sections in the New Yorker is "Shouts &
Murmurs" which features short satirical pieces that range from the
so-not-funny-Im-not-going-to-bother-finish-reading-this to the
hysterical (most fall closer to the latter than the former). Last
week's entry, My Nature Documentary, by Jack Handey definitely fell to
the right of the spectrum.
Handey's piece in New Yorker is short and should be read in its entirety but to entice you further here is a snippet (the conceit is someone detailing the set-up and making of a nature documentary focusing on a monkey and giraffe):
Narrator: “The monkey and the giraffe have been separated.”
Show monkey wandering around, injured, lost and alone. Make him trip, using fishing line attached to his leg. (Try to get this on first take, because after that monkey will probably try to bite off fishing line.)
Show giraffe being chased by a lion. If not too expensive, use full-sized, realistic robotic lion, able to run at full speed. Otherwise get a man in a lion suit.
Pau for now..