/ Modified nov 13, 2015 5:51 p.m.

Steven Wright Takes Comedy Seriously

From stand-up to acting, writing, directing and producing, veteran comic says he feels lucky to create and explore in different mediums.

steven wright spotlight

When Steven Wright first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1982, he caught the audience off guard with his methodical, understated delivery and bizarre subject matter. He definitely stood out from the crowd.

Today, Wright is often cited as a major influence on many of the most popular comics of the decade.

He has continued to expand his comic vision as an actor, writer, director and producer -- even earning an Oscar in 1989 for the short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.

Wright is currently consulting producer on the 4th season of Louis CK's acclaimed series Louie.

Steven Wright performs in Tucson Friday, November 13th at The Rialto Theater, which gave Mark McLemore a chance to ask him about how it all started...


By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
AZPM is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona