The Carolina Theatre will present award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and author Steven Wright at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.10th, in the 1,016-seat Fletcher Hall in downtown Durham, NC. Wright is famous for his whimsical sense of humor and deadpan delivery, and his trademark long curly hair is instantly recognizable.
With his untamed locks bouncing beneath a pork pie hat or baseball cap as he paces the stage, the 59-year-old Cambridge, MA native rattles off a series of wry one-liners — such as “What’s another word for thesaurus?” “Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm,” and “When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane” — zinger after zinger, punctuated by an occasional musical interlude. Wright’s acerbic comments about contemporary American life are, by turns, philosophical, ironic, or nonsensical — but always hilarious. For example: “I stayed up all night playing poker with tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.”
According to the Internet Movie Database, some more of Steven Wright’s choice quips include:
“If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.”
“I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck. But my lawyer thinks he can get me five.”
“I had some eyeglasses. I was walking down the street when suddenly the prescription ran out.”
“A friend of mine once sent me a postcard with a picture of the entire planet Earth taken from space. On the back it said ‘Wish you were here.'”
“Be nice to your children. After all, they are going to choose your nursing home.”
“Yeah, it’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it!”
“If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.”
“We had a quicksand box in our backyard. I was an only child, eventually.”
“You can’t have it all … besides, where would you put it?”
As you might expect, Steven Wright’s official bio is a masterpiece of understatement, with tongue planted firmly in cheek:
“Steven Wright’s Biography” by Steven Wright
I was born. When I was 23 I started telling jokes. Then I started going on television and doing films. That’s still what I am doing. The end.
According to The Carolina Theatre of Durham:
“Academy Award® winner Steven Wright[, who won the 1989 Oscar® for Best Short Live-Action Film for co-writing (with Michael Armstrong) and starring in The Appointments of Dennis Jennings] is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. 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. Steve also appeared as a sitcom actor in MGM’s Speechless with Harry Shearer, and as a Mountie in the MGM release Canadian Bacon, opposite the late John Candy.
“In October of 2006, Steven premiered the hour special, When the Leaves Blow Away, on Comedy Central. The special was released on DVD in April 2006 and includes Steven’s 1999 short film One Soldier and a segment of a 1988 performance at a Boston comedy club. Steven’s second CD, I Still Have a Pony, was released by Comedy Central Records on September 25, 2007. The CD earned Steven his second Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album.
“Steven was honored as the first inductee into the Boston Comedy Hall of Fame on December 15, 2008. The ceremony included performances by legendary Boston comedians Tony V, Don Gavin, Lenny Clarke, Kenny Rogerson, Steve Sweeney, Mike Donovan, Barry Crimmins, Mike McDonald, and Fran Solomita.
“On June 2, 2009, Warner Bros. Records re-released Steven’s groundbreaking, Grammy-nominated first CD, I Have a Pony, packaged with Steven’s first HBO special, A Steven Wright Special on DVD[, as part of Warner Bros. Records 50th anniversary celebration. On June 15, 2013, Steven received The Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award. The award is given each year to a celebrated comedian who has been influenced by Carson in some way and has left his or her own mark on the comedy world. In past years, award recipients have included Dick Cavett, Cloris Leachman, and Ed Asner.”
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The Carolina Theatre of Durham presents STEVEN WRIGHT at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 in Fletcher Hall, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
Carolina Theatre Box Office: 888-241-8162, 919-560-3030, or http://www.carolinatheatre.org/tickets.
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com//venueartist/114779/731641.
SHOW: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/steven-wright-1 and https://www.facebook.com/events/1583488601906862/.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://www.stevenwright.com/clips/.
PRESENTER: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/, https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaTheatreDurham, and https://twitter.com/CarolinaDurham.
Steven Wright (comedian): http://www.stevenwright.com/ (official website), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942833/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/StevenWrightOfficial (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/StevenWright (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Wright (Wikipedia).
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