Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

From: Saturday Night Live (1990s)

Known For: confusion of modern ideas, winning court cases

Okay, this one is obscure, but for me, memorable. I used to watch SNL re-runs on Comedy Central and Nick at Nite and whichever other cable stations ran them. I've seen most seasons of SNL going back to its start. Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer is a ridiculous premise that still manages to make me laugh, probably because Phil Hartman is awesome. A caveman has been thawed out to the modern age ('90s) where he has attained a law degree. Yet, the world around him is still strange and frightening, which he uses to his advantage in court. It's absurdist comedy at its best and probably works best in small doses (unlike the later years attempt to adapt those Geico caveman commercials into a weekly sitcom).

Who is your favorite Saturday Night Live recurring character?


  1. I don't recall seeing much SNL in the UK, though I was aware of it. From the episodes I've seen (and I've seen a fair few over the years), it was most consistently funny from the 70s through to about the early 90s. After that it became hit-and-miss, with some brilliantly funny sketches, and others just trying too hard. The caveman lawyer was a genius idea, like John Belushi's samurai character. Good memories! :)

  2. My older bro loved this character! I can still remember him falling on the floor laughing at these sketches when we were kids.

  3. This was always awesome. So sad he is gone. All the greats seemed to leave us too soon.

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  4. Unfortunately w don't get SNL here Down Under, but I've watched a bunch of skits on YouTube, including the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, and I love him! Probably because I knew Phil Hartman best from The Simpsons, and any excuse to hear Lionel Hutz's voice is fine by me :)

  5. I always liked this character and what a great choice for a tough letter. A lot of the earlier characters stand out and I liked Eddie Murphy a lot and also Bill Murray as the Lounge Singer. Thanks for visiting Buttercup's and hope you will stop back often.

  6. I've seen a lot of the older SNL's when Nick and Nite and Comedy Central used to rerun them. Phil Hartman was really great.

  7. OK, I always LOVED this Phil Hartman sketch. My hubs and I still do the hands and say "your ______(fill in the blank) ways frighten me!


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