Monday, December 06, 2010

Happy Birthday Steven Wright

Steven Wright's deadpan delivery and surreal take on life set him apart from the typical 1980s standups, with their recycled jokes about airline food and various skirmishes in the battle of the sexes; in a decade in which every third person seemed to be peaking on cocaine, Steven Wright came across like he was mainlining NyQuil.

Born on this day in 1955, Steven Wright began doing stand up in 1982, and in 1989 won an Academy Award for his short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings; one of the few performers of his era not to have had a network sitcom based on his act, in 2006 he made Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away, his first stand-up special in 16 years.

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