Steven Wright (Personal Life, Career)

On his full name Steven Alexander Wright is an American comedian, actor and writer. Born on December 6, 1955 he is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes and one-liners with contrived situations.

Personal Life

Steven Wright’s biography starts with his birth in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts. He was one of four children of Lucille “Dolly” (born Lomano) and Alexander K. Wright, a Catholic family. His mother was Italian American and his father was of Scottish descent. Wright's father was an electronics engineer who did research for Apollo space program. He became a truck driver after that program ended.

Steven Wright went for two years to Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts to obtain an associate's degree , before enrolling at Emerson College. He graduated from the latter in 1978 and began performing stand-up comedy in 1979 at the Boston comedy club The Comedy Connection.

While not well known for works outside of the comedy realm, Steven Wright has also recorded several non-comedy songs with his friend and occasional actor Mark Wuethner. Steven also has an apparent interest in painting.


In 1982 Peter Lassally, executive producer of The Tonight Show, noticed Wright performing on a bill with other local comics at the comedy club Ding Ho, in Cambridge's Inman Square. Lassally booked Wright on The Tonight Show, where he impressed host Johnny Carson and the studio audience and was brought back less than a week later.

Steven Wright's 1985 first comedy album was entitled I Have a Pony. It was released on Warner Bros. Records, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The success of this album landed him a much coveted HBO special which he recorded as a live college concert performance, A Steven Wright Special. The performance would become one of HBO's longest running and most requested comedy specials and propel him to huge success on the college arena concert circuits

In 1989 he and producer Dean Parisot won an Academy Award for their 30-minute short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, directed by Parisot, written by Mike Armstrong and Wright, and starring Wright and Rowan Atkinson

After his 1990 comedy special Wicker Chairs and Gravity, Wright continued to do stand-up performances, but he was largely absent from television, only doing occasional guest spots on late-night talk shows.

In 1992 Wright had a recurring role on the television sitcom Mad About You. He supplied the voice of the radio DJ in writer-director Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs that year.

In 1999 he wrote and directed the 30-minute short One Soldier, about a soldier who was in the Civil War, right after the war, with his entire existentialism.

In May 2000, Wright and other Ding Ho alumni, including Lenny Clarke, Barry Crimmins, Steve Sweeney, Bill Sohonage, and Jimmy Tingle, appeared at a reunion benefit for comic Bob Lazarus, suffering from leukemia.

In 2006 Wright produced his first stand-up special in 16 years, Steven Wright: When The Leaves Blow Away, originally airing on Comedy Central on October 21, 2006. Its DVD was released April 23, 2007.

On September 25, 2007 Wright released his second album, I Still Have a Pony, a CD release of the material from When The Leaves Blow Away). It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album .

In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. He was also named number 23 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.

On December 15, 2008 Wright became the first inductee to the Boston Comedy Hall of Fame.

Beginning in 2009, Steven Wright sporadically appears as himself on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as a visiting celebrity.

Among his other film appearances we can mention Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Stars and Bars (1988), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), Speechless (1994), Natural Born Killers (1994), The Swan Princess (1994), Mixed Nuts (1994), Canadian Bacon (1995) , Half Baked (1998), Babe: Pig in the City (1998), The Muse (1999), Loser (2000), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), The Aristocrats (2005), When Stand Up Stood Out (2005), Son of the Mask (2005).

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