Comedian Steven Wright headed to Dover Downs

Comedian Steven Wright will perform at Dover Downs' Rollins Center in January. (Submitted photo)

Comedian Steven Wright will perform at Dover Downs’ Rollins Center in January. (Submitted photo)

DOVER – Academy Award winner and Grammy- and Emmy-nominated comedian Steven Wright will perform at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and can be purchased online at doverdowns.com or by calling VIP Services at (800) 711-5882. Ticket prices range from $25-$45.

With his deadpan style, Mr. Wright has been a staple on the entertainment scene for more than three decades, dating from his first appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” on Aug. 6, 1982. Mr. Carson enjoyed the performance so much, Mr. Wright was invited to appear on the show again less than a week later.

From there, Wright’s career expanded to albums, film and television appearances. His 1985 debut album “I Have A Pony,” earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, and he appeared in his first HBO stand-up special, “A Steven Wright Special,” later that year.

In 1989, Mr. Wright received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings,” in which he starred and co-wrote. In 1990, he made his second HBO appearance with the special “Wicker Chairs and Gravity.”

Mr. Wright has made appearances and lent his voice talents to numerous films, including “Reservoir Dogs,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Mixed Nuts,” The Swan Princess,” “Canadian Bacon,” “The Muse,” “Half-Baked,” “Babe 2: Pig in the City,” “Coffee and Cigarettes,” and “The Aristocrats.”

In June 2013, he received The Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award, given annually to a comedian who has been influenced by Carson and left their own mark on the comedy world. Past winners include Dick Cavett, Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award as a producer for the hit FX series “Louie” for the 2014 and 2015 seasons and also appears on Louis CK’s new web series “Horace and Pete.”

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