In the '80s, when comedy blew up from dirty little clubs into a booming industry thanks to HBO specials and MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour and the like, Steven Wright rode the wave to fame, using a lethargic stage presence and non-stop onslaught of one-liners like:
"What's another word for thesaurus?"
"Everything is within walking distance if you have the time."
"I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died."
His 1985 album, I Have a Pony, is a classic, and led to a cult following that expanded into mainstream success. In 1989, he co-wrote and acted in an Oscar-winning short film, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, and his voice is heard on the radio as a DJ in Reservoir Dogs, and he had an utterly odd role in stoner comedy Half-Baked.