The Wright Stuff

Deadpan comedian won't do quail-hunting jokes.

After a quarter-century in the biz, comedian Steven Wright likens himself to an athlete. "My mind is trained," he says. "I've done push-ups with that part of my brain so much, it's in shape to see jokes around me." Ever since his breakthrough in the '80s, Wright — the world's most deadpan comic — has found the funny in the absurd ("Right now, I'm having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time," he intones).

Wright's refusal to discuss current events onstage renders decades-old bits timeless. "I don't want to talk about something that everyone else is talking about," he says. "I want to talk above and below [that]. I'd rather talk about the speed of light than Cheney."
Thu., March 16, 7:30 p.m.