"Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer"
Fred Armisen, cast member, 2002-2013: "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" is a perfect sketch. It is perfect in its premise. Phil Hartman is a caveman who was unfrozen and became a lawyer, and it's always what he uses for his defense argument. He's like, "I don't understand your world. Whenever I see a fax machine I think it's full of little demons. But my client..." It's SNL at its best. I saw it in my basement on Long Island. Like everybody else, I watched the show live. You don't know the premise right away. You see the fake opening credits and you think, "What is this gonna be?" And then, as I heard him talk, I was like, "Oh, my gosh."
Phil Hartman was just lovable; you immediately trusted and loved him. As a cast member, he wasn't a person I copied. I definitely copied Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, but I could never be Phil Hartman. I can't really deliver like he does. I selfishly also feel bad because I never got to work with him. I've gotten to meet and work with all of my heroes at SNL – Carvey, Laraine Newman – and I just think, "Aw, damn it, I bet I would've been able to meet him." It's very sad.