I have a notebook full of just that. And there' a little page number at the bottom of each page, and depending on what day I die, I have instructions for which quote should be on my gravestone.
No, I'm kiddng. I don't know, it' a big thing, dying. I think about it. I guess that' where all that material came from.
Young comedians often site you as an influence. Do you care for any of them?
Well, Dave Chappellle, I've always thought was brilliant. There are other guys, but I can't remember their names.Speaking of Chappelle, how did your character in Half Baked, the Guy on the Couch, come to be? Did that performance come from a place of love?
Dave Chappelle was guest-hosting a talk show and I was the guest the year before that movie was made-maybe six months before. And when the TV show was over, I said, "We should be in a movie together sometime," and he said, "Well, I'm making this movie
. Do you want to be in it?"
I love him. I think he' brilliant. So anything he was going to do, I wanted to be involved. But the character is not based on personal experience. A lot of people your age know me from that movie. Some people knew me as the voice in Reservoir Dogs
. And then there're other people that know I do stand-up also.People are always putting together lists of their favorite Steven Wright jokes. Our favorite from the new special is "What did Jesus ever do for Santa Claus' birthday?" Do you have any favorite Steven Wright jokes?
I have one that I particularly like. It goes, "I was in a restaurant and a menu said you could order breakfast anytime, and I ordered French toast in the Renaissance." I really like that one. That was a long time ago. It was on my album and one of my stand-up specials.