Steven Alexander Wright

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Born: 6 December 1955, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Wright was raised at Burlington, Massachusetts, earned an associate's degree at Middlesex Community College at Bedford and his bachelor's degree at Emerson College at Boston in 1978. He first did stand-up comedy the next year, but supported himself with a job in a book warehouse, parking cars, and retail before a producer from The Tonight Show spotted him in the Cambridge comedy club Ding Ho in 1982. His first album I Have a Pony was released in 1985 and was soon followed by a successful HBO special. In 1989 he co-wrote The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, a short film that won him an Oscar. He has appeared on stage, largely for college audiences, as much as sixty nights a year. His slow deadpan delivery is reminiscent of Pat Paulsen, he acknowledges being influenced by George Carlin and Woody Allen.

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