Steven Wright

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Steven Wright (born December 6, 1955) is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian from Burlington, Massachusetts. He is known for his slow, deadpan, monotone delivery of ironic, witty, and sometimes confusing jokes and one-liners.

Wright released a comedy album in 1985 entitled I Have a Pony. In 1992, Wright had a recurring role on the television sitcom Mad About You.

He later won an Academy Award for his short film, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings. He has also appeared as the voice of the radio DJ in the film Reservoir Dogs.

There are numerous lists of jokes attributed to Wright circulating on the Internet, sometimes of dubious provenance. Wright has stated that "someone showed me a site, and half of it that said I wrote it, I didn't write. Recently, I saw one, and I didn't write any of it. What's disturbing is that with a few of these jokes, I wish I had thought of them. A giant amount of them, I'm embarrassed that people think I thought of them, because some are really bad." [1] (

In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

Jokes attributed to Wright

  • "I had some eyeglasses. I was walking down the street when suddenly the prescription ran out."
  • "When the guy who made the first drawing board got it wrong, what did he go back to?"
  • "What's another word for thesaurus?"
  • "I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography. When it's finished I'm going to sue myself."
  • "Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect."
  • "I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it's going to be up all night."
  • "I stayed up all night playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died."
  • "If you can't hear me, it's because I'm in parentheses."
  • "I spilled spot remover on my dog and now he's gone."
  • "A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory."
  • "The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and doesn't stop until you get to work."
  • "Why is it, 'A penny for your thoughts,' but, you have to 'put your two cents in?' Somebody's making a penny."
  • "I bought a house, on a one-way dead-end road. I don't know how I got there."
  • "I wrote a song, but I can't read music. Every time I hear a new song on the radio I think, 'Hey, maybe I wrote that.'"
  • "I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place."
  • "I once locked my keys out of my car. I had to break out of my car with a coat hanger."
  • "There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot."
  • "We had a quicksand box in our backyard. I was an only child. Eventually."
  • "It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it."
  • "Why's the alphabet in that order? Is it 'cause of that song?"
  • "I tried sniffing Coke once, but ice cubes went up my nose."
  • "I was out walking my dog yesterday. On the ledge. Some people are afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths".
  • "My friend works in radio. When we go under a bridge, I can't hear him."
  • "I came home to my apartment and found that everything had been replaced with an exact replica. I called my friend over and said 'Can you believe this? Everything's been replaced with an exact replica!' He said, 'Do I know you?'"
  • "I was being interviewed for a job. During the interview, I started to read a magazine. The interviewer asked, 'What are you doing???' I said, 'Let me ask you a question. If I was driving at the speed of light, and turned the headlights on, would anything happen?' He said, 'I don't know!' I said to him, 'I don't think I want to work for your company.'"
  • "I went to a convenience store the other night. It had a sign reading, 'Open 24 Hours'. The manager was locking the place up. I said, 'Hey, the sign says you're open 24 hours!' He said, 'Yeah, but not in a row."
  • "I finally got around to reading the dictionary. Turns out the zebra did it."

Selected filmography

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