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The Paramount Comedy Series Presents

The Paramount Comedy Series Presents: Steven Wright

Saturday, September 27th 2014

ARTIST BIO

Academy Award winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. One of four children, Wright was raised in Burlington,  MA. Upon graduating from Emerson College and holding a bevy of odd jobs,  Steven attended an “open mike” audition and became a regular performer at  Ding Ho’s Comedy Club and Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge, MA.

It was during this time that Steven got his big break and was booked for his first  “Tonight Show” appearance on Friday, August 6, 1982. The king of late night  enjoyed the performance so much he invited Steven to appear again the  following Thursday, a rarity on “The Tonight Show.” His back-to-back  appearances helped put his fledgling career into high gear. The comic soon  found himself performing his off-beat routines on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late  Night with David Letterman,” and numerous trips back to “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”

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. Other stars of the film included “Roseanne’s” Laurie  Metcalf and British comedian, Rowan Atkinson. In September of 1990, Steven  starred in his second stand-up special for HBO called “Wicker Chairs and  Gravity.” The special included stand-up from The Winter Garden Theatre in  Toronto and a short film shot on location in New York and New Jersey.

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 1999, Steven played a guest starring role in Albert Brooks’ film “The Muse”  starring Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, and Jeff Bridges. In ‘98 he  played a supporting role in Dave Chappelle’s “Half-Baked” and was a featured  voice in “Babe 2: Pig in the City”.

Steven wrote, directed and stars in the 1999 short film, “One Soldier,” the story of  a man obsessed with the unanswerable questions in life. The film was screened  at numerous film festivals and can be seen on the Independent Film Channel.

Steven was also seen in the Jim Jarmusch film “Coffee and Cigarettes” and the  film “The Aristocrats.”

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; part of Warner Bros. Records 50th anniversary celebration.

Steven was recently seen in a guest role on the hit FX series, “Louie”. He is a  regular guest with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel  and Craig Ferguson and continues touring the U.S., Canada and overseas.