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Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away

3.9 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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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.

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Product Details

  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRA56K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,344 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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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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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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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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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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Deadpan delivery kept me in stitches! Just saw Steven live in Las Vegas last month and although some of the same jokes still being used, every time you hear him, it's like you never heard him before! If you like extremely dry wit and thought-provoking hysteria, you will LOVE this DVD!
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Awesome show! I think Steven Wright is incredible. He does not have many video releases for how long he has been doing stand up...so that makes this one very special as I think it is his best video release. I also like his short film at the end. He seems to be a big fan of David Lynch, which is great because I am too. Cerebral humor at its best!
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If you thought Gallagher was thought-provoking, you ain't seen nothin' yet There are few stand-ups as delightfully imaginative & unusual as Steven Wright. And no others with such a deadpan delivery. Menza-like genius.
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I love Steve Wright's droll, dry, surprising sense of humor, and "When the Leaves Blown Away" is a good comedy routine of his. He's not only funny to listen to....he's funny to look at while he's delivering his great one-liners.
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