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Stand-up Comedy Greats: Steven Wright Debuts on The Tonight Show - 1982
Reaganite Republican ^ | February 16, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 02/16/2011 12:39:54 PM PST by Reaganite Republican

"Yeah, it's a small world... but I wouldn't want to paint it"




Steven Wright -dob 12.06.55- is an American comedian, actor and writer. Widely known for a distinct lethargic voice and deadpan delivery in a droning monotone, the highly-original style of humor centers on ironic, philosophical, and even nonsensical jokes and one-liners with often bizarre, contrived situations.

His early career as a Boston-area stand up comedian working primarily two clubs eventually landed him appearances on both the Carson and Letterman shows by 1982.  Wright's unique act went over huge in the new-wave 80s, and he was repeatedly asked back on.

By 1985, Steven Wright's comedy album I Have a Pony was released to much critical acclaim,  and the success of this LP landed him a much-coveted HBO special which he recorded as a live college concert performance entitled "A Steven Wright Special". 

By the mid-80s Wright had firmly developed a new brand of obscure, laid-back performing and was rapidly building a cult-like mystique and eclectic following of "hip" young fans. 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 fellow producer Dean Parisot won an Academy Award for their 30-minute short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, starring Wright along with Brit Rowan Atkinson (later of Mr Bean fame).

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

Here's a 26-year-old Steven Wright in his national TV debut on Carson's Tonight Show in '82...


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TOPICS: History; Humor; Music/Entertainment; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: comedy; eighties; humor; jokes

1 posted on 02/16/2011 12:40:03 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

“I’m not a vegetarian cause I love animals. It’s just that I hate plants”

Steven Wright


2 posted on 02/16/2011 12:49:38 PM PST by sappy (criminallibs)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I like my dental hygenist so much, I ate a box of Oreo cookies before my appointment.


3 posted on 02/16/2011 12:52:01 PM PST by stevecmd
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To: Reaganite Republican

It doesn’t matter what temperature the room is, it’s always room temperature.


4 posted on 02/16/2011 12:55:08 PM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Reaganite Republican

As a kid, we had a quicksand box. I was an only child....eventually.


5 posted on 02/16/2011 12:59:49 PM PST by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Reaganite Republican

He had one where he said he had a light switch in his house that did nothing. He flipped it on and off during the day, until one day a lady called him from Germany telling him to cut it out.

For some reason I love that one. Very surreal.

BTW, is the HBO special the one where he pulled a box of dehydrated water out of the cupboard?


6 posted on 02/16/2011 1:01:01 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Reaganite Republican

King of the surreal one liners. OK there probably isn’t much competition in that market, but if there was he’d still be king.


7 posted on 02/16/2011 1:01:01 PM PST by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Someone stole all the furniture in my house, and replaced it with exact replicas.


8 posted on 02/16/2011 1:01:31 PM PST by Jack of all Trades (Stop the change - I want to get off!)
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To: Jack of all Trades

I have a map of the United States...actual size.


9 posted on 02/16/2011 1:06:43 PM PST by Dansong
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To: Reaganite Republican

The sign said “eight items or less”. So I changed my name to Les.
— Steven Wright


10 posted on 02/16/2011 1:07:41 PM PST by albie
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To: Reaganite Republican

Didn’t he invent the cordless extension cord?


11 posted on 02/16/2011 1:08:25 PM PST by TexasPatriot1 (I am unique, Just like everybody else.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

12 posted on 02/16/2011 1:09:45 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

Guilty as charged, yer honor

lol


13 posted on 02/16/2011 1:12:02 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: sappy

LOLOL


14 posted on 02/16/2011 1:12:31 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
I put instant coffee in the microwave - I went back in time.
15 posted on 02/16/2011 1:14:27 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Reaganite Republican

I used to get him and the lead singer from the Scorpions mixed up.


16 posted on 02/16/2011 1:18:09 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

“I broke both of my legs and they took me to a walk-in clinic”


17 posted on 02/16/2011 1:21:47 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Snickering Hound
Not exactly blog pimping when the whole article is posted.

just sayin'

18 posted on 02/16/2011 1:31:35 PM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
"My girlfriend's pretty. No, she's kind-of pretty. No, she just looks pretty."

--from The Appointments of Dennis Jennings

19 posted on 02/16/2011 1:37:01 PM PST by kerosene
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To: sappy

THAT really might be my fave- and that’s saying something lol


20 posted on 02/16/2011 1:43:13 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

He also spoke of a guy that had sideburns ... behind the ears.


21 posted on 02/16/2011 1:49:59 PM PST by plain talk
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To: tx_eggman

I agree with you - wish all bloggers acted like this one


22 posted on 02/16/2011 1:53:58 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: discostu

Definitely


23 posted on 02/16/2011 2:07:59 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Reaganite Republican

He’s got some good stuff.

“I sprayed spot remover on my dog. I haven’t seen him since”

Steven Wright


24 posted on 02/16/2011 2:08:58 PM PST by sappy (criminallibs)
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To: muir_redwoods

A freind of mine sent me a postcard.

The only thing on it was a photo of Earth as seen from outer space.

He wrote on the back, “Wish you were here.”


25 posted on 02/16/2011 2:30:58 PM PST by KC Burke
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To: Reaganite Republican; All

I lost one of my socks...called information and the operator said “It’s behind the couch”


26 posted on 02/16/2011 2:39:46 PM PST by SirLurkedalot (I escaped California...ask me how!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I bought a dog the other day. I named him Stay. It’s fun to call him. “Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!” He went insane. Now he just ignores me and keeps typing.


27 posted on 02/16/2011 2:41:51 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c
Some people are afraid of heights, I'm afraid of widths.

I bought a box of instant water...I don't know what to add to it.

I stopped at a diner that said 'Open 24 hours'. The owner was locking up. I pointed to his sign. He said...'not in a row'.

_____________

I didn't watch the clip so sorry if these are in there.

28 posted on 02/16/2011 2:48:40 PM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: discostu
King of the surreal one liners.

Emo Philips is good, too.

29 posted on 02/16/2011 2:51:37 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Reaganite Republican

Sometimes I like to turn off the lights when I’m in the shower and pretend I’m in a submarine that’s been hit.


30 posted on 02/16/2011 3:17:17 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: autumnraine

lAnd both might be related to Curly Howard lol


31 posted on 02/16/2011 11:48:06 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: GSWarrior

I am doing Emo next Wedsnesday at RR... it’s a new Weds. feature I’m trying, first one was Cosby

Bookmark me for next Weds... Emo might be weird, but he sure is funny.

Thing with him is, tho- the “nuclear apocalypse” humor is a bit dated... seems The Gipper made it irrelevant, eh


32 posted on 02/16/2011 11:55:47 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: al_c

33 posted on 02/17/2011 12:02:33 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Reaganite Republican

Man, I remember his appearance on the Tonight Show.

Ah, the 80s.


34 posted on 02/17/2011 4:16:20 AM PST by vladimir998 (Copts, Nazis, Franks and Beans - what a public school education puts in your head.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I enjoy your trips down memory lane.


35 posted on 02/17/2011 9:53:15 AM PST by GSWarrior
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