THE EMOJI MOVIE
Academy Award winner STEVEN WRIGHT (Mel Meh) is a prototype
comedian that many others continually try to follow. One of four children,
Wright was raised in Burlington, MA. Upon graduating from Emerson College and
holding a bevy of odd jobs, he attended an "open mike" audition and became a
regular performer at Ding Ho's Comedy Club and Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge,
It was during this time that Wright got his big break and was booked for his
first "Tonight Show" appearance on Friday, August 6, 1982. The king of late
night enjoyed the performance so much 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 his off-beat routines on "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with
David Letterman," and numerous trips back to "The Tonight Show with Johnny
Wright expanded his comedy career to include comedy albums, film and television
appearances. His 1985 debut album, I Have a Pony, earned him a Grammy
nomination. In 1985, he starred in his first HBO Special, "A Steven Wright
Special." In 1989, Wright co-wrote and starred in The Appointments of Dennis
Jennings, which was honored with the Academy Award for Best Short Film. Other
stars of the film included "Roseanne's" Laurie Metcalf and British comedian
Rowan Atkinson. In September 1990, Wright starred in his second stand-up special
for HBO, called "Wicker Chairs and Gravity." The special included stand-up from
The Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto and a short film shot on location in New
York and New Jersey.
Wright has been seen in numerous films, including Desperately Seeking Susan,
Mike Meyers' So I Married An Axe Murderer, Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers,
and Nora Ephron's Mixed Nuts. He was the voice of the DJ K-Billy in Reservoir
Dogs and starred with John Cleese and Jack Palance in New Line's animated film
The Swan Princess as the voice of Speed, the turtle. Wright also appeared as a
sitcom actor in MGM's Speechless with Harry Shearer, and as a Mountie in the MGM
release Canadian Bacon, opposite the late John Candy.
In 1999, Wright played a guest starring role in Albert Brooks' film The Muse
starring Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, and Jeff Bridges. In 1998, he
played a supporting role in Dave Chappelle's Half-Baked and was a featured voice
in Babe: Pig in the City.
He wrote, directed and starred in the 1999 short film One Soldier, the story of
a man obsessed with the unanswerable questions in life. The film was screened at
numerous film festivals and can be seen on the Independent Film Channel.
Wright was also seen in the Jim Jarmusch film Coffee and Cigarettes and the film
In October of 2006, Wright premiered the hour special, "When the Leaves Blow
Away," on Comedy Central. The special was released on DVD in April 2006 and
includes Steven's 1999 short film One Soldier and a segment of a 1988
performance at a Boston comedy club.
Wright's second CD, "I Still Have a Pony," was released by Comedy Central
Records on September 25, 2007. The CD earned Wright his second Grammy Award
nomination for Best Comedy Album.
Wright was honored as the first inductee into The Boston Comedy Hall of Fame on
December 15, 2008. The ceremony included performances by legendary Boston
comedians Tony V, Don Gavin, Lenny Clarke, Kenny Rogerson, Steve Sweeney, Mike
Donovan, Barry Crimmins, Mike McDonald and Fran Solomita.
On June 2, 2009, Warner Bros. Records re-released Wright's groundbreaking,
Grammy nominated first CD, "I Have a Pony," packaged with Wright's first HBO
special, "A Steven Wright Special" on DVD, part of Warner Bros. Records' 50th
On June 15, 2013 Wright received The Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award. The
award is given each year to a celebrated comedian who has been influenced by
Carson in some way and has left his or her own mark on the comedy world. In past
years, award recipients have included Dick Cavett, Cloris Leachman and Ed Asner.
Wright was nominated for an Emmy Award as a producer on the 2014 season of the
hit FX series "Louie" and continued as a producer for the 2015 season. He
guest-starred in two episodes of "Louie" in 2015 and 2011 and can be seen in
Louis CK's critically-acclaimed and Peabody winning web series "Horace and
Wright is a regular guest with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers, and
continues touring the U.S., Canada and overseas.
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