Sunday, March 08, 2009

Comic-God Impersonations - Stephen Wright

First of all...for you "Where's Inny" nuts from the last post...it was Robert Redford...now...

Welcome to my Comic-God Impersonations feature. From time to time I will make an attempt to impersonate some great comedians. You can be the judge if I nailed it or I should be nailed for the attempt.

Let’s start with one of my favorites.

Stephen Wright. Not familiar with him? Then watch this here, and this, and this.

Ok, here goes…

I’ve been counter streaking lately. I sneak into nudist colonies and run around with my clothes on. I always get apprehended though. I try to tell them it’s not obscene, it’s completely natural to wear polyester. Where do streakers end up after they’re apprehended anyway? I can only think of two possibilities: The porn industry or they’re all deported to Naked Island. You haven’t heard about it because the Too-Much-Reality-TV genre isn’t nearly as popular as its Reality-TV cousin.

My cousin is crazy. We’ve been taking him to the psychiatric clinic for years. There’s a path that cuts across the lawn to get in to the place. We call it the psycho path. Which has me wondering what the difference is between a path and a trail; is it the parking access fees? Is it the stolen car stereo at the end of the day’s hike? If you’re hiking on a trail and you’re in the lead, is it really a trail? Shouldn’t you be trailing?

If I ever decide to move again, I’m moving to the internet. It’ll save on connectivity hassles. It doesn’t rain in the internet. I don’t know if I can afford to live in the internet yet though. I might have to move to the outernet first. Sure, they don’t have a world wide web but their world wide nest isn’t really that bad. All the spam you can eat too.

I have a tire swing out in the back yard. And to this day not one other tire has come by to swing along. I did buy my tire a spare car though. I thought it only fair because the car in my garage has a spare tire. I also keep some spare change in the car just in case. It’s not enough to really buy a spare but I’m working on it.

53 comments:

lime said...

steven wright rocks. have you heard dimitri martin yet? he's kind of similar in that his delivery is kind of dry and full of pauses as you consider it.

liked your path/trail bit ;)

Giggle Pixie said...

He has always been one of my favs! Dimitri Martin (as lime said) is also very good, but my all-time fav for this type of comedy was Mitch Hedberg. Sadly he passed away last year.

You did good with the Stephen routine though!!!

Gladys said...

I love when he talks about driving his house down the middle of the freeway and yelling at people to get off his lawn.

Joel Klebanoff said...

VE, your post did a good job of imitating Steven Wright. If you put up more posts you can build a fence. Sorry, that didn't come out anywhere near as Steven Wright-ish as I intended. You're the master.

ReformingGeek said...

Very good, VE. I can just see you up there....bald spot and all.

;-)

The Incredible Woody said...

I had to stop driving my car for a while.....the tires got dizzy.

Janna said...

Wow....
Suddenly I have the munchies.

Quirkyloon said...

Psycho path? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahah hohohohohohohohohehehehehehehoeh ohaoho hahahahahahahahahahahoeho hohoahahahahahahahahoahohohohohoehhehe hehehehehehehehehehehehehhehee

Am I scaring you yet? hee hee

Great on spot imitations. Me likey.

VE said...

lime - I haven't heard of him. I'll have to look him up.

giggle pixie - Thanks. Stephen is both easy and tough to mimic. Easy in the recognition/delivery but tough to come up with a stream of twisting things like that and be fluid. I could have gone for a bunch of unrelated one-offs but I wanted to meld it together a little more, hence the four sections.

janna - Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

quirky - Excellent impersonation of a psycho! I am a little scared!

VE said...

gladys - I like the one where he talks about installing the fun house mirrors in his car...

joel - Thanks. I'm gonna stay clear of fence posts. Diesel once wrote a post about them that had a LOT of controversy! ha ha

reforming geek - I have to have a bald spot? I better get working on that...

incredible woody - Classic!

Beth said...

I watched the YouTube videos – he cracked me up. Your mind (and his) inhabit the same wacky frontier. So, yeah, I think you nailed him.
But I’m wondering – would you be that low-key in your delivery?

Mrsupole said...

VE,

Are you sure you really want to "nail" him? I thought....

But yes, you had as much wit or droll humor as he does.

Great job. Do you get paid to do this?

VE said...

beth - Good question. I don't know if I could always keep a straight face. I'd probably end up like Harvey Korman and Carol Burnette and crack myself up...

mrsupole - Good point! No, I guess I don't want to 'nail him' in that way. And did you just call me droll? ;)

Uncivil said...

I forgot all about that comedian? Good revisit his vids! thanks

Megan said...

Good job. I tried to imagine him saying it, and they all worked.

Thanks for the Sunday funny!

nursemyra said...

I've seen steven wright perform live here in sydney - he was great.

Mrsupole said...

Hi VE,

Tag, your it.

Yes, you have now been tagged, please visit my site to get the rules to this meme.
Have fun.

I think you will have fun with this meme. It is exactly the type you can take to the moon. I hope you check it out because I really would like to see what you do with it. Somehow, I think this one was almost made for you.

And I stretched the rules for you on this one, maybe broke them a little. But I knew you would like the "irony" of it, if I did this.

And no, he is "droll", not you, you are just downright funny.

God Bless.

Nessa said...

Very good - you captured his essence perfectly. If you are not careful, he will steal your jokes.

Matt-Man said...

Clever idea VE. Unfortunately I couldn't read the post because the prescription on my glasses ran out. Cheers!!

VE said...

uncivil - He's got some wacky stuff he thinks up. No wonder I like it!

megan - Oh good...cause I'm no good at videos or sound on my blog.

nursemyra - You're in Sydney? Lucky! That's my vacation destination in about 3 years...

mrsupole - Oh no, a meme? I thought I'd done every one in existence! I'll swing by...

nessa - That'd be kind of weird, huh?

matt-man - Ha! Here, I'll LENT you mine!

Chris Wood said...

The country streaking part was bang on the money.

VE said...

chris - You've been doing it to, haven't you?

Elizabeth said...

I love Stephen Wright.
Your post was too funny! I laughed out loud at no tires visiting your tire swing!
The only joke I can remember of his off hand was when he was on Johnny Carson and he looked down at this shirt and said "Ooops, I lost a button hole." That totally cracked me up!

VE said...

elizabeth - He's got that interesting style of looking at something differently and making fun of it. Then, the audience has to make the connection; which is why he is so deadpan and paces it slowly. If you watch one of his earliest performances I think he ran through the jokes a little too fast for people to untangle the genius in his humor. But once you get going, you find yourself converting things he's pitching much faster and laughing much louder...

Maureen said...

Excellent... job.... there VE.

But did you go, you know, all the way... and get your hair all

bushy-like?

VE said...

maureen - No, I'm afraid I'll have to work on the balding and bushy-like hair...

Jaime said...

naked island? is that some place you've come across in your travels? sounds like it'd be an interesting place to visit.

moooooog35 said...

These were funny.

You should write some type of humor blog.

VE said...

jaime - Yes, but as a guy you don't want to get too excited about naked island...

moooooog35 - Blog? What's that? Is that short for butt log?

Sarah said...

Yes VE I think you would like Mitch Hedberg. "An escalator can never break, it can only become stairs" - Mitch Hedburg.

VE said...

sarah - Ok, I'm gonna go listen to some Mitch then!

Roy Scribner said...

Stolen car stereo - lol! yeah, you gotta be careful out there in them thar woods.

nursemyra said...

re your answer: 3 years is a long time to wait but we'll have to get together for a glass of wine when you finally get here. I've only ever met 3 other bloggers.

CH!CA said...

I haven't the slightest whether you nailed it or not, all I know was that it was friggin hilarious! :)

VE said...

roy - Very notorious along many of our trail heads around here

nursemyra - I've never actually met any...the're all afraid! ha ha

ch!ca - That's all that counts really! Thanks.

Uncivil said...

I got my stimulus payment in the mail Saturday. A packet of watermelon seeds , and a coupon to KFC?

The Self-Deprechaun said...

You know that I love SPAM more than the next deprechaun. Let me be your court jester or fill a minority need in your world.

VE said...

uncivil - Damn, you're lucky! That's more than I got from the Republicans over the last 8 years! ;)

self-deprechaun - I love jesters! I did a post once about jestering as a career option for folks. I think that could be arranged.

Serena said...

Oh, yeah, you nailed it. Tight. Damn fine job!

VE said...

serena - Thanks!

leelee said...

psycho path...lololololol...Its gold jerry...gold!

Mui excellente !!

I love Stephen Wright..and you ain't too bad yourself.

:-)

HUGS!!

colbymarshall said...

I absolutely love Stephen Wright...hilarious!

VE said...

leelee - Awww, thanks!

colby - Looks like I succeeded...

Chat Blanc said...

I LOVE Stephen Wright!!

AND, I too want to move to the internet.

Fundamental Jelly said...

Well played sir, well played. My fav Wright line is about him getting a dog, but he didn't really like walking the dog everyday, so he decided to walk him all at once!

VE said...

chat - Fortunately internet housing prices are way down!

fundamental jelly - Ha! That's good advice. Sort of like the movie Amelie where the one lady is getting all of her sleep at once so later she can be up all day and night...

Carla said...

Ha! That's good! :)

VE said...

carla - Maybe I should just write for him...

cathouse teri said...

That was an awful impression of Stephen. Much too wordy. The first two paragraphs were damn close, though! Para #1 needed to be cut off after "... polyester." and Para #2 needed to be cut off after "We call it the psycho path." The other two entries were funny but not Stepheny. I'll be expecting you to try again. :)

VE said...

teri - I respect your opinion. I disagree with para 1. I relooked at a number of his comedy shows and while most are single jokes he had gradually more that were multi-faceted. I will agree with you about para 2 but I think the last piece was Stephen. I should have just broke the bit up. Para 3; perhaps not but para 4 was definitely so...

VE said...

teri - PS...Some of it is in the way I wrote it. Speaking it is in the timing. I split into four thought themes but the jokes could be spaced out. I've seen him do a lot of separate sequential jokes on a theme.

Count Sneaky said...

Oh. I likethis one. Very good CountSneaky

VE said...

count sneaky - Thanks. I had to do another one because somebody felt I was too wordy. That effort was on Sat, March 14th. They're Stepheny too...