Steven Wright

This comedy legend never knew he would be such an influence

We called comedy legend Steven Wright to ask him what else he had going on besides his upcoming national tour to support his new album I Still Have a Pony. “I gotta put air in one of my bike tires,” Wright said, then realized he had inadvertently answered the question. “I don’t know if you should put that in — maybe you should. It’s up to you, you’re the one writing.” Wright was a pioneer in comedy in the ’80s, known for his deadpan style, monotone voice and off-the-wall one-liners. He says it wasn’t intentional; he speaks and acts the same on and offstage and says it’s always surprising to hear people talk about his “style.” “I never even thought about it as a style, I just tried to think of a joke [people] would laugh at,” Wright says. He says he never realized he was different until he read a review in a local Boston paper. “It said ‘abstract jokes,’ and I thought, ‘Oh, abstract jokes, well geez, maybe they are abstract jokes,’ and ‘He talks in a monotone voice the whole time.’ [I thought] ‘A monotone? Do I talk in a monotone?’” Wright says. “All through school, growing up in my family, in my neighborhood, Little League — all that — no one ever said: ‘Hey, you know you talk with a monotone?’” Wright will continue to try and make people laugh today after opening act singer/songwriter Ruth Gerson starts things off at 8 p.m. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford. For tickets and information, call 281-208-6900 or visit www.staffordcentre.com. $39.50.
Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., 2007
 
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