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Two disc (CD/DVD) edition of the classic, long unavailable 1985 album from comedian Steven Wright, now coupled with his legendary HBO special from the following year. Steven Wright, the Confucius of Comedy, recorded his first album, I Have A Pony, in 1985. That Grammy-nominated album, along with an HBO special the following year, established Wright as one of the most inventive, peculiar and admired comedians of our era. Surreal and cerebral, his languid voice and deadpan delivery of ironic, witty and sometimes even deeply philosophical one-liners made him a unique and unforgettable performer.
While Steven Wright became an icon of 1980s comedy for his ultra-dryly-delivered, absurd one-liners, for almost three decades of standup, 1985's I HAVE A PONY was the only full-length recording of his unique comic stylings. However, I HAVE A PONY is a jam-packed sample of one of irony's greatest advocates since Steve Martin's heyday. From wry observations like "I'm not afraid of heights, I'm afraid of widths" to bizarre linguistical twists like "do you live around here often," Wright's routines rarely build past one layer, but the scattershot effect he unleashes is like few others in the comedy game.