Deadpan comic Steven Wright will headline the Treasure Island Theatre July 5 at 9 p.m.
Renowned for his distinctive stand-up comedy, incorporating irony, philosophy, nonsense and delightful lethargic monotone delivery, Wright got his big break on “The Tonight Show” in 1982. Johnny Carson enjoyed the performance so much that he invited Wright to appear again the following Thursday, a rarity on “The Tonight Show.” His back-to-back appearances helped put his fledgling career into high gear. The comic soon found himself performing on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” and numerous trips back to “The Tonight Show.”
Wright expanded his career to include comedy albums, films and television appearances. Both his 1985 debut album, “I Have A Pony,” and 2007 follow up, “I Still Have A Pony,” earned Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album. In 1985, Steven starred in his landmark first HBO Special “A Steven Wright Special,” which he followed with “Wicker Chairs and Gravity” in 1990. His third one-hour special, “When The Leaves Blow Away,” premiered on Comedy Central in 2006.
The offbeat comic’s film appearances include “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Mike Meyers’ “So I Married An Axe Murderer,” Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” and Nora Ephron’s “Mixed Nuts.” Wright was the voice of the DJ, K-Billy in “Reservoir Dogs,” played a Mountie in “Canadian Bacon,” opposite the late John Candy and had a supporting role in Dave Chappelle’s “Half-Baked.” He won an Academy Award for Best Short Film for “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings,” which he also starred in and co-wrote. Most recently Wright lent his inimitable voice to the upcoming animated film “The Emoji Movie” alongside TJ Miller, James Corden and Patrick Stewart.
In addition to his work in front of the camera, Wright was nominated for an Emmy Award as a producer of the hit FX series, “Louie.” He also guest starred in two episodes of Louie in 2011 and 2015 and can be seen in Louis CK’s critically acclaimed web series “Horace and Pete.”
Tickets are available starting at $39.95, plus taxes and service charges, and can be purchased by calling 866-712-9308 or 702-894-7722, or visiting www.treasureisland.