Steven Wright, the Academy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated comedian known for his trademark satire, absurdist one-liners, monotone voice and deadpan delivery, will return to The Orleans Showroom June 17 and 18.
After launching his comedy career at the age of 23 as a regular performer at Ding Ho’s Comedy Club and Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., Wright got his big break and was booked on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. Following his performance, Wright was invited to return to the show the following week for a rare back-to-back appearance. His new kind of comedy and lackluster voice caught the comedy world’s attention, and he later appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night” with David Letterman.
As his fame grew, he starred in two HBO specials – “A Steven Wright Special” and “Wicker Chairs and Gravity.”
In 1985, Wright received a Grammy nomination for his debut album, “I Have a Pony.” Twenty-two years later, he received a second Grammy nomination for its sequel, “I Still Have a Pony.” Following his second nomination, he was the first inductee into the Boston Comedy Hall of Fame.
In 1989, Wright won an Academy Award for Best Short Film for his satiric film, “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings,” which he co-starred in and wrote. Wright has also shown his acting chops in several films, including “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Half Baked” and “The Swan Princess.”
In the past few years, Wright has teamed up with fellow comedic force Louis C.K. In addition to two guest appearances on the hit TV series “Louie,” Wright has assumed the character “Leon” in the Louis C.K. web series “Horace and Pete.”
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95 plus taxes and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.