Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American comedian, actor and writer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, witty, philosophical and sometimes confusing or nonsensical jokes and one-liners with intentionally contrived situations.
Steven Wright was born in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, one of four children of Dolly and Alexander Wright. His father, an electronics engineer who "tested a lot of stuff for the Apollo space program", became a truck driver after that program ended.
Wright spent two years obtaining an associate's degree from Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts, before enrolling at Emerson College. He graduated from the latter in 1978 and began performing stand-up comedy in 1979 at the Boston comedy club the Comedy Connection. He cites George Carlin and Woody Allen among his influences.