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  • Actors: Steven Wright
  • Directors: Michael Drumm
  • Writers: Steven Wright
  • Producers: Steven Wright, Michael Drumm, Andrea Allen, Tim Sarkes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRA56K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Dry, wry and hilariously deadpan, Steven Wright unleashes a torrent of ironic and hysterical thought-provoking one-liners in the quirky stand-up style that has become his trademark. From Toronto's historic Elgin Theater, this Oscar-winning comedian -- #23 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-up performers of all time -- keeps an adoring audience in stitches with random observations on everything from baby monitors as a form of wiretapping to his addiction to placebos. The party continues with a Boston Comedy Club performance from the comic's early career, and Steven explores the meaning of life in his short film One Soldier, which he also wrote and directed.

Customer Reviews

It's for thinkers, with lots of non-obvious humor.
Jeff B. Widergren
It ends up being fairly poignant, but a bit misplaced amid the viewer's expectation of comedy.
R. Schultz
I'd like to watch that with someone who gets it, because I didn't.
mejaka

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Thom Cutler on July 13, 2007
Format: DVD
You probably don't need me to tell you that Steven Wright is a comic genius. If you doubt it, punch his name into Google and check out the compendiums of his one-liners. On a good day he can outdo Groucho Marx. Some of the material on this DVD isn't up to his best, but my main beef about this offering has to do with its length. The live set on this disc lasts only 42 minutes. Then there's a half-hour short film that's long on arty B&W cinematography but short on laughs. And then there's a grab from a 1988 performance which lasts - wait for it - a whole 2 minutes and 16 seconds. Given the paucity of Wright material on the market, it's a pity the people behind this DVD didn't put together a far more generous package. By all means buy it - just know what you're letting yourself in for running-time-wise.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Concerned One on June 2, 2007
Format: DVD
This is a great DVD, featuring a full show of the classic comedian Stephen Wright. His classic one liners and endless rambles, with his classic emotionless delivery. I'm glad some of this is finally captured to DVD. The film "one soldier" that was at the end, written and directed by Steven is alright, but I just lost interest about 10 minutes into it, so that is why i did not give this a 5. However, the bonus featurette of 2:30 seconds of an old show in boston in 1988 is a classic bit of his routine, a fine touch to finish off this piece. Worth buying and having on hand.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve on May 11, 2008
Format: DVD
This was a very funny DVD and I'm a big Steven Wright fan, but I was really disappointed that this was the same performance as that found on his recent CD "I still have a pony." For many people this will not be a problem, but it is something to be aware of before you buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Weisinger on July 15, 2007
Format: DVD
The stand-up portion of this DVD is the main attraction, and while it is too short (42 minutes), if you're a fan of his dry, surreal humor, this classic material will have you pausing the DVD so you can quit laughing long enough to catch the next jokes. By the time it was over, my sides hurt.

The short film "One Soldier" is another animal altogether. At first, it appears to be an obvious parody of art-house cinema from Federico Fellini to Jim Jarmusch (with Jarmusch's "Dead Man" being an obvious influence), but as it progresses, it darkens, until by the end, you're left somewhat shellshocked by Wright's seemingly bleak, almost nihilistic, and deeply disturbing worldview. Avoid watching it if you're remotely depressed.

As for the early material, it was good but disappointingly short. Someone else mentioned the wealth of classic Wright material out there, and why none of it has made its way to DVD is a mystery. I've got the Comic Relief shows, and his sets are always among the highlights. So why can't they give fans some of the classic shows from that era on DVD?

Still, even at its length, this DVD is well-worth the price. If you're a Steven Wright fan, it's essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Gulch on June 14, 2008
Format: DVD
a man that uses ontological dadaism as a source of comedy - this man is a
genius. I bought a vhs of his about 20 years ago that was on a par with
this concert, arguably his best two. His comedy must be experienced about 5 times to fully grasp the nested sublevels of his humour. Glad to see him back in the form he is a master of, instead of those insipid TV appearances.
Welcome back, Steven!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Landers on April 28, 2007
Format: DVD
I'm pretty new to this fellow. I'd heard a bit on the radio from his one and only CD I Have A Pony. I laughed so hard, I'm lucky I didn't have a car accident! :-)I first saw this special on Comedy Central, and no surprise here, I wasn't disappointed! I'm so glad it came out on DVD! I'll be sharing this with everyone I know.

"When worse comes to worse, we're screwed" lol
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Cohenour on January 13, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I purchased this disc thinking that it was an actual stand-up routine. I does indeed have a stand-up routine on the disc but only about half of it. The other half is a "movie" that is not that funny and makes no sense at all. Pick another Steven Wright release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2011
Format: DVD
Just as Wright gets going with perhaps one of his most powerful, stark, moving performances ever, he stops cold. Boom. Did he lack the courage of his convictions? The performance itself, running barely forty-five minutes, is barely long enough for a prime-time TV nugget. It's a shame one of comedy's most recognizable stylists only cuts a performance video once every twenty years, and then cuts it short.

Then, after the performance, he hits us with a free-form film about a disillusioned Civil War soldier facing his own imminent death. Though it starts with an interesting premise colored by Wright's unique dry humor, it loops back and forth, sprawling all over the joint. Wright hits some important laughs and insights at key moments, but I spent most of the film thinking, "Wow, this goes on a bit, doesn't it?"

This video isn't bad. I laughed at the right places in Wright's performance, and I even thought the tailing film had many good moments. But it simply lacked ambition. Few performers today command the instantaneous recognition we get these days with Steven Wright, and he did only as much as we expected, nothing more. It makes for interesting watching once or twice, but I don't see much repeat viewing potential here.
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