I interviewed Steven Wright a little more than two years ago, not long before the longtime stand-up comic was slated to perform at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.
In case you are unfamiliar with Wright, he talks and (I’m pretty sure, at least) moves pretty slowly. So when I saw recently that he was slated again to perform at Playhouse Square — on March 22, at the Ohio Theatre — I had fun imagining that, when he eventually got home from the previous gig, he began, at a tortoise’s pace, making arrangements for this next Cleveland show.
(That’s surely not at all what happened, but it’s fun to picture Wright walking across the country, perhaps even getting into little adventures along the way.)
Here’s a nice sampling of what Wright does:
Raised in Massachusetts, Wright got his big break when he was booked for “The Tonight Show” in 1982, an absolutely huge deal for comics back then. Some more on his career, from a news release:
Wright expanded his comedy career to include comedy albums, film and television appearances. His 1985 debut album, I Have A Pony, earned him a Grammy nomination. In 1985, Steven starred in his first HBO Special “A Steven Wright Special.” In 1989, Steven was honored with an Academy Award for Best Short Film for his film entitled “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings” in which he starred and co-wrote.
A bit more:
Steven has been seen in numerous films including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Mike Meyers’ “So I Married An Axe Murderer,” Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” and Nora Ephron’s “Mixed Nuts.” Steven was the voice of the DJ, K-Billy in “Reservoir Dogs” and starred with John Cleese and Jack Palance in New Line’s animated film, “The Swan Princess” as the voice of Speed, the turtle.
More recently, Wright provided the voice for Mel Meh in 2017’s “The Emoji Movie.”
Mark Meszoros hasn’t actually done a top 10 list of his favorite comics but believes Wright would make the cut. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Image credit: Jorge Rios.