Billed as the “Confucius of Comedy” by the New York Post, Academy Award-winner and Grammy Award nominee Steven Wright brings his trademark wit, absurdist one-liners and monotone voice to The Orleans Showroom, March 26 and 27, each evening at 8 p.m.
Beginning 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 first big break and was booked on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Following his on-air performance Wright was invited to return the following week for a rare back-to-back performance, launching his career into high gear. His new kind of comedy and lackluster voice caught the comedy world’s attention and he appeared on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman and many reoccurring appearances of The Tonight Show. As his fame grew, he was given two of his own HBO stand-up specials titled, A Steven Wright Special and Wicker Chairs and Gravity.
His career expanded far beyond small screen appearances to include comedy albums, television specials and acting roles and writing for the silver screen. In 1985, Wright received a Grammy nomination for his debut album, I Have a Pony, and one for its sequel, I Still Have a Pony 22 years later. Following his second nomination, he was named the first inductee into The Boston Comedy Hall of Fame.
In 1989, he received an Academy Award for Best Short Film for his satiric film, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which he co-starred and wrote. Wright has appeared in several other small and big screen films including Mike Myers’ So I Married an Axe Murder, Desperately Seeking Susan, Half-Baked and has lent his voice to films for children including The Swan Princess and Babe 2: Pig in the Big City. He also appeared in Coffee and Cigarettes and The Aristocrats.
Wright’s ironic, deadpan comedy and bizarre observations continue to earn him regular guest spots on the late night talk show circuit with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson while spreading laughs, giggles and smiles while touring the U.S., Canada and overseas.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $34.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.365.7075 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com. Save on convenience fees by purchasing the tickets in person at Coast Casinos.