Steven Wright

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Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6, 1955) is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes and one-liners with contrived situations.


Early life and career

Wright was born in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts,[2][3] one of four children of Lucille “Dolly” (née Lomano) and Alexander K. Wright.[2][4][5] He was raised Catholic.[6] His mother was Italian American and his father was of Scottish descent.[7] Wright's father, an electronics engineer who "tested a lot of stuff for the Apollo space program," became a truck driver after that program ended.[2]

Wright spent two years obtaining an associate's degree from Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts, before enrolling at Emerson College.[8] He graduated from the latter in 1978[8] and began performing stand-up comedy in 1979[2][9] at the Boston comedy club the Comedy Connection.[2][8] He cites George Carlin and Woody Allen among his influences.[10]

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