Steven Wright
American actor
Steven Wright
Steven Alexander Wright is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes, paraprosdokians, and one-liners with contrived situations.
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Meet the artists who paint alien landscapes
CNN - 5 months
"It's a small world but I wouldn't want to have to paint it," American comic Steven Wright often quipped.
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Could this happen to Earth?
CNN - 5 months
"It's a small world but I wouldn't want to have to paint it," American comic Steven Wright often quipped.
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Australian Entrepreneur Says He Created Bitcoin, but Doubts Persist
New York Times - 10 months
While Craig Steven Wright presented digital evidence linking him to Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym of the currency’s creator, not everyone was convinced.
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Bitcoin's alleged architect troubled by financial, tax issues
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Jane Wardell and Jeremy Wagstaff SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australian Craig Steven Wright is the latest in a line of men alleged to be the mysterious creator of bitcoin, a digital currency that has attracted the interest of banks, speculators, criminals and regulators. Wired magazine, which along with fellow U.S. publication Gizmodo published a story outing Wright based on a stash of leaked documents and emails, called him a genius. While it was not immediately possible to support or refute claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto - the person or group credited with writing the paper, protocols and software that led to bitcoin - some of those who worked with Wright raised questions about the timing of the leak and the likelihood that he was Nakamoto.
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Bitcoin creator revealed to be Australian genius Craig Wright; subsequently has house raided by police
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Either [Craig Steven] Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did: so states an absolutely fascinating Wired article which purports to reveal the true identity of the man who created Bitcoin, the popular and at times misunderstood digital currency. Ever since Bitcoin jumped into the mainstream vernacular, there have been no shortage of longstanding and still unanswered questions surrounding its origins. Back in 2014, Newsweek claimed to have located Bitcoin’s inventor, a California man named Satoshi Nakamoto. While the report certainly generated a lot of press, Newsweek’s evidence was rather thin. Not helping matters was that the man identified by the publication didn’t seem to possess the requisite skills that one would need to get something like
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Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto probably Australian academic, report claims
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Investigation by Wired points to Craig Steven Wright as true identity of cryptocurrency’s pseudonymous creator – but questions still remain The creator of the digital currency bitcoin, known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, is probably an Australian academic and entrepreneur, according to a new investigation. Wired has suggested that Nakamoto’s real identity is Craig Steven Wright, a 45-year-old Australian it describes as a “climate-change denier, a serial entrepreneur ... and an eccentric.” Various attempts to prove Nakamoto’s identity in the past have proved unsuccessful. Continue reading...
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Minding your work mindset
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
"You know when you're sitting on a chair and you lean back so you're just on two legs and you lean too far so you almost fall over but at the last second you catch yourself? I feel like that all the time." — Steven Wright, comedian
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Road upgrade to improve M180 safety
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 3 years
STEEL is being replaced by concrete along a four-mile stretch of motorway to reduce the risk of vehicles in accidents crossing from one carriageway to another. The work to improve the central reservation barrier on the M180 west of Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire gets underway tomorrow night. The steel barrier between junctions two and three will be replaced with safer concrete in the £1.5m project. Concrete barriers are considered more robust and unlikely to require repairs after being hit by a vehicle. The work should be completed by Monday, February 17 and will involve lane closures and occasional full overnight carriageway closures. A 50mph speed limit will be in place. Project manager Steven Wright, said: “Concrete barriers reduce the risk of vehicles involved in accidents crossing from one side of the motorway to the other and improve the safety of road users and road workers.”
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Happy Birthday to You
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake." Bob Hope Few family traditions imbed themselves in our memories more than our birthday celebrations. As a child, my birthdays were marked by modest family gifts and my mother's homemade cake with candles creatively aligned in just the right way. One of my favorite childhood photographs was taken on October 22, 1953, the same day I turned eight and my great-grandfather, Myer Gibble, turned 80. Evie remembers how her mother always prepared her favorite meal for her birthday -- navy bean soup. How could we celebrate a birthday without birthday cards? Evie and I usually give each other two or more cards because one just doesn't begin to capture everything we are trying to say to each other. And, those which come from other family members and colleagues and friends all capture, in part, the cherished relationships we build over the years. More and more birthday greetings come to us through E-cards and Face ...
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Let Us Now Pledge to Sign Ever More Pledges
Mother Jones - over 3 years
The problem with Twitter is that it's so full of snark and jocular banter that it's often hard to tell when something is serious. Then again, maybe this is actually a problem with real life, not with Twitter. Maybe real life has gotten so Onion-esque that it's hard to tell it apart from a Steven Wright standup routine. To wit: Yesterday I saw a tweet roll across my screen about the Koch brothers insisting that conservatives fight any climate legislation unless it contained an equivalent tax cut. Hah hah. That's a laff riot. But no. It's real. Of course it is. But here's what I don't get: what's the point? The pledge binds signers to "oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." But every Republican in Congress has already signed Grover Norquist's pledge that binds them to oppose any legislation at all that includes a net increase in government revenue. So does this mean we're going to get a flood of sub-pledges from ever ...
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Coming Together For Boston
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BOSTON — Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are joining other artists for a benefit concert for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Tickets for the show scheduled Thursday at the TD Garden sold out in minutes after they went on sale May 6. Proceeds will benefit One Fund Boston, the compensation fund established by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help those injured in the April 15 bombings and the families of three people killed. Other confirmed acts include Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King and New Kids on the Block. Comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright are also included in the lineup.
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Big Names Set To Perform For Boston
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
BOSTON — Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are among the scheduled performers for a Boston Marathon benefit concert on May 30. The show, at the TD Garden, will benefit One Fund – the collection of donations that will be distributed to the survivors of the April 15 bombings and the families of those killed in the attack. Other confirmed acts include Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King and New Kids on the Block. Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block said that like other native Bostonians, he and his bandmates are honored to do their part. Comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright also are included in the lineup. Tickets range from $35 to $285. They go on sale Monday.
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Boston Victims' Families Could Get More Than $1 Million
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
BOSTON — The administrator of a fund created to help people injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and the families of those who died in the attack plan to meet with victims next week with hopes of cutting the first checks by the end of June. Kenneth Feinberg is overseeing The One Fund Boston, which had taken in more than $28 million as of Friday and should get another significant boost from an upcoming benefit concert featuring performers such as Aerosmith and New Kids on the Block. Feinberg, a Massachusetts native and Washington, D.C. attorney who also handled victims' compensation after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the BP oil spill and other calamities, planned to release a tentative proposal on Monday for disbursing money from The One Fund. The proposal would be made in advance of two meetings with victims, one scheduled for that evening and another on Tuesday, at the Boston Public Library. The library, in Copley Square, is near the site of the Ap ...
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World Scrabble Champion And Comedian Takes His Dark Tale To The Stage
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Matt Graham, a comedian once known in the Boston comic realm as the master of "non stand-up stand-up," has one of the most daunting resumes we've ever seen. He rubbed elbows with Louis CK and Janeane Garofalo on the comedy circuit in the 1980s, then made appearances on Conan O'Brien, wrote for SNL and even earned the admiration of podcast curmudgeon Marc Maron. But Graham recently took an eight-year hiatus from comedy, devoting himself to two of his other impressive talents -- Scrabble and NCAA basketball. Back in 1997, Graham placed second at the World Scrabble Championship. Then at the age of 40, he tried out for Hunter College's Division II basketball team. If these experiences weren't enough, Graham, who has battled with alcoholism and depression over the years, has recently added "Theatrical Performer" to his list of professional achievements. After avoiding the crowded platform of comedy clubs for nearly a decade, he wrote a one-man show, titled "This Too Shall Su ...
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New Tourism boss eyes Cairns region
Cairns - about 4 years
NEW Tourism Queensland boss Steven Wright is acknowledging the importance of the Far North to the state's tourism industry by meeting industry leaders in Cairns next week, just seven days after he started his new job.
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There’s only one way on the Wednesday OPEN thread
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
Shot by Dan “I live on a one-way street that’s also a dead end. I’m not sure how I got there.” Steven Wright
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Mitch Ditkoff: 100 Awesome Quotes on What It Really Takes to Innovate
Huffington Post - over 4 years
1. "I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs 2. "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead 3. "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk 4. "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering 5. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney 6. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller 7. "You can't solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level." - Albert Einstein 8. "Do not fear mistakes. There are none." - Miles Davis 9. "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves." - Carl Jung 10. "There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo ...
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Liz Ryan: Who Does Your Job -- You or the Suit?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The comedian Steven Wright has a joke about Halloween (I'm going to paraphrase it): "So it was Halloween, and I was looking out my apartment window at the alley next to my apartment, and two cops were running down the alley, but I wasn't sure if they were cops or people dressed up as cops, which is what cops are anyway." What is a police officer? A police officer is a person who's been to the Police Academy and knows a lot of things most of us don't; but mostly, a cop is a person in a uniform. The uniform is a huge symbol for the job. How do you put on that uniform and not feel cop-ish? It's a cliche, not only for police officers but for anyone who wears a uniform or costume (military, religious, Rockette, etc.): "When I finally put on the uniform, I really felt like a ________ ." The uniform is way more than the icing on the cupcake. It's identity. It conveys all kinds of messages to the person wearing it, and to everyone else. Could we imagine that it would be diff ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steven Wright
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    He received two Emmy nominations as part of the producing team of Louie, first in 2014 and again in 2015.
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  • 2008
    Age 52
    Beginning in 2008, Steven Wright occasionally appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as a visiting celebrity, dropping by the show to help with the fan-mail segment.
    More Details Hide Details He joined a small cadre of Hollywood comedy celebrities who supported the show.
    On December 15, 2008, Wright became the first inductee to the Boston Comedy Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. He was named No. 23 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. While not well known for works outside of the comedy realm, Steven Wright is also a musician and has also recorded several non-comedy songs with his friend and occasional actor Mark Wuerthner. Wright also has an interest in painting.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    On September 25, 2007 Wright released his second album, I Still Have a Pony, a CD release of the material from When The Leaves Blow Away.
    More Details Hide Details It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, but The Distant Future by Flight of the Conchords won that award.
  • 2006
    Age 50
    In 2006 Wright produced his first stand-up special in 16 years, Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away, originally aired on Comedy Central on October 21, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Its DVD was released April 23, 2007.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 43
    In 1999 he wrote and directed the 30-minute short One Soldier saying it's "about a soldier who was in the Civil War, right after the war, with all these existentialist thoughts and wondering if there is a God and all that stuff."
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 34
    After his 1990 comedy special Wicker Chairs and Gravity, Wright continued to do stand-up performances, but he was largely absent from television, doing only occasional guest spots on late-night talk shows.
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  • 1989
    Age 33
    Steven Wright was awarded an Oscar in 1989 for Best Short Live-Action Film for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which he co-wrote (with Michael Armstrong) and starred in.
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    In 1989 he and fellow producer Dean Parisot won an Academy Award for their 30-minute short film "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," directed by Parisot, written by Mike Armstrong and Wright, and starring Wright and Rowan Atkinson.
    More Details Hide Details Upon accepting the Oscar, Wright said, "We're really glad that we cut out the other sixty minutes." In 1992 Wright had a recurring role on the television sitcom Mad About You. Numerous lists of jokes attributed to Wright circulate on the Internet, sometimes of dubious origin. Wright has stated, "Someone showed me a site, and half of it that said I wrote it, I didn't write. Recently, I saw one, and I didn't write any of it. What's disturbing is that with a few of these jokes, I wish I had thought of them. A giant amount of them, I'm embarrassed that people think I thought of them, because some are really bad."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 29
    Wright's 1985 comedy album was entitled I Have a Pony.
    More Details Hide Details It was released on Warner Bros. Records, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The success of this album landed him an HBO special which he recorded as a live college concert performance, A Steven Wright Special. By then Wright had firmly developed a new brand of obscure, laid-back performing and was rapidly building a cult-like following of hip, savvy fans and an onstage persona characterized by an aura of obscurity, with his penchant for non-sequiturs and subdued, slowly-paced delivery style only adding to his mystique. His opening act for the HBO concert was fellow "Ding Ho" comedy alumnus Bill Sohonage, who claimed that Steven's ultra-casual, nearly catatonic demeanor was no act. "He walked into my dressing room, minutes before I was to take the stage, and asked if he could borrow a shirt, as his had a giant pizza stain. You would think it might be normal to be a little nervous going on a college stage in front of 23,000, let alone having HBO out there filming, but as I passed by his room while walking on-stage I saw him sound asleep and loudly snoring." The performance would become one of HBO's longest running and most requested comedy specials, and would propel him to great success on the college-arena concert circuit.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    In 1982 executive producer of The Tonight Show Peter Lassally saw Wright performing on a bill with other local comics at the Ding Ho comedy club, in Cambridge's Inman Square, a venue Wright described as "half Chinese restaurant and half comedy club.
    More Details Hide Details It was a pretty weird place." Lassally booked Wright on NBC's The Tonight Show, where the comic so impressed host Johnny Carson and the studio audience that less than a week later Wright was invited to appear on the show again. In May 2000, Wright and other Ding Ho alumni including Lenny Clarke, Barry Crimmins, Steve Sweeney, Bill Sohonage, and Jimmy Tingle appeared at a reunion benefit for comic Bob Lazarus who was suffering from leukemia.
  • 1978
    Age 22
    Wright attended Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts for two years to earn his associate's degree before continuing his baccalaureate education at Emerson College. He graduated from Emerson in 1978 and the next year he began performing stand-up comedy in 1979 at the Comedy Connection in Boston.
    More Details Hide Details Wright cites comic George Carlin and director Woody Allen as comedic influences.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on December 6, 1955.
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