Steven Wright is quick with the hits
“A lot of people are afraid of heights,” Steven Wright begins. Then he finishes with, “Not me, I’m afraid of widths.” What? He is at once brilliant and absurd, a comedian who has influenced many but really can’t be compared to any.
Now 62, the recognizably Boston comic is celebrating 40 years in stand-up comedy. That is, in itself, an accomplishment, but when you think of the amount of material Wright has generated with his distinct style, it’s truly remarkable.
Filling an hour is a major task for comics, but even tougher when each joke has to hit the standard Wright has set and in such a precise manner. For the most part, he is a tight setup/punchline man. He takes a familiar idea and then blasts it off into another planet. Example: “Someone asked me if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring … ‘How to Build a Boat’.”
Sometimes he’s even more concise. The ability to pack so much thought into something so concise and make it so funny is a skill that only a few have mastered. Wright asks, “What’s another word for thesaurus?” We’re not sure, but it’s safe to say another name for genius is Steven Wright.
Treasure Island, 9 p.m. showtime to be announced, starting at $50.95 plus tax and fee. 702.894.7722