Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Steven Wright (one of the secret pantheon)

I first saw Steven Wright on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1980s, and I was immediately taken with his bizarre toneless delivery, his dada-esque joketelling, and his shameless anti-philosophizing. He's Woody Allen if Allen did a mountain of quaaludes, a funny language poet, a freshman philosophy major humorously failing to impress.


Lyle Daggett said...

My favorite Steven Wright joke: "The first time I read the dictionary, I thought it was a poem about everything."

Philip Metres said...

Lyle, even without the Wright-esque delivery, I cracked up.