Steven Wright
Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6, 1955) is an American comedian
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, actor
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 and writer
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. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan
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 delivery of ironic
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, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical joke
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s and one-liners
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 with contrived situations.
Wright was born in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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, and grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts
Burlington, Massachusetts
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, one of four children of Lucille “Dolly” (née Lomano) and Alexander K. Wright. He was raised Catholic
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I was once walking through the forest alone. A tree fell right in front of me, and I... didn't hear it.

I have a large seashell collection which I keep scattered on the beaches all over the world... Maybe you've seen it?

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.

When I first read the dictionary I thought it was a long poem about everything.

I wish the first word I ever said was the word "quote," so right before I die I could say "unquote."

They say you're not supposed to put metal in a microwave oven... They're right.

In school they told me "Practice makes perfect." And then they told me "Nobody's perfect," so then I stopped practicing...

Last time I went to the grocery store I caused a lot of commotion 'cause I tried to buy that thing at the register that separates your food from the other guy's food... [feigns distress] "No, I need this! You don't know what its like where I live."