One of the most promising young comedians of the 1980s was Steven Wright, but he only put out one album: I Have a Pony.
Roy of Hollywood, an iconic late night hippie FM radio DJ for KPFK in Los Angeles, used to play clips from I Have a Pony between 1:00 AM talks by Alan Watts, Krishnamurti, Ram Dass, and Jack Garris.
But Wright’s career didn’t seem to develop much past his first album.
Recently, however, Wright put out a Grammy-winning second album (I Still Have a Pony).
Below is a clip of Steven Wright in concert. And if you’ve never heard his I Have a Pony album, it is a truly great piece of comedy that comes highly recommend.
Wright is a genius at turning language and logic upon themselves in ways that are “wond’rous strange.” And his flat demeanor makes his reflections seem even more absurd. At his best, his jokes almost function like Buddhist koans or Zen puzzles, drawing you into wierd loops of rationality: