DFW’s Comedian Steven Wright on his Comedy Clubs and His ‘Walking Dead’ Career
DFW, Texas—When he first arrived on the scene, Steven’s was a local comedy club that would have made an ideal setting for his stand-up act.
Now, though, he’s a veteran of more than 30 shows at his comedy club, including one where he won a $10,000 check.
Now a veteran, he wants to share some stories about the highs and lows of his journey, starting with his comedy career.
“You can never do enough,” Steven says of the road to success.
“If you can’t do enough, you never can.”
I always had the greatest respect for the people I hung out with, the people that were there.
I never took any shit from anybody.
After getting a break at the local comedy clubs, Stept started to make his mark on the world stage.
In his new book, A Comedy of the Stars, Steved recounts his early days in Dallas, including the time he played a stand-out stand-in for his brother and friend, Will, on a show at the Dallas Comedy Club.
“That show was the most memorable night of my life,” Stept says.
“It was a show that changed my life forever.”
Stept and Will were regulars on the show, and in a moment of self-awareness, Steve said, “I am a bit of a weirdo.”
Steved was so nervous onstage that he didn’t know if Will would get up on stage.
So, he took a shot at Will and went off on his own.
Stept was so confident onstage that the show’s producer didn’t think he was going to make it, but he still did his thing.
He made his mark in the world, and that was enough for Stept to open up about his career.
“There are certain things that you do and you think about and you go, ‘Oh, my God, I have to do this,'” Stept said.
When Stept left Dallas, he left behind his family and friends.
His mother had passed away.
His father had a heart attack.
He says his mother’s funeral was the worst night of his life.
“I’m not proud of that,” he said.
“But she was the greatest woman in the universe.
That’s what I want to be remembered for.”
What he does, Steeston says, is “just give it to you.”
It’s not easy.
Stept went through a period of self doubt that he says “changed me forever.”
He’s also a huge fan of stand-ups, especially stand-by comedians.
And in his book, he describes his relationship with one of them, the comedian Dave Chappelle.
He was so excited to see Chappell on his show that he took him on the road and gave him a ride.
Steved and Chappel have remained friends since that time.
But Stept has also had a hard time in the industry.
In the book, Steves describes being asked to appear in an episode of a show he made and was then asked to leave.
Steamed was so upset, he called up his brother, Will.
He remembers when he called his brother: “If I don’t get an audition for my stand-alones, I’m done.”
Will said: “Yeah, that’s how I feel.
If I’m not doing stand-down, I am done.
I’m sorry, buddy.”
Stept and his brother agreed, and Stept made his way to the airport, arriving to see his brother.
Then, Stepped said, Will was on the phone with his brother telling him he would never get a job at a radio station.
Will didn’t believe it.
“No one will hire you,” Will said.
Stepped was devastated.
“I was like, what the hell, man,” Steved says.
Stepp’s brother called Will to tell him to hang up.
“You know, I’ve got a job, I just got a phone call from Will telling me that he was just leaving and he said, ‘Just hang up, man, you’ll never get that job,'” Steved recalls.
Stept had been going through a tough time.
He had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
He lost his right arm and left leg.
He needed constant surgery.
He also lost his voice.
He has a speech impediment.
Steppings cancer treatment didn’t go as planned.
It was a huge setback for Stepp.
“That was one of the worst days of my entire life,” he says.
The cancer wasn’t as bad as Stepp said.
He remembers waking up on the side of the freeway and being scared to death of driving.
It felt like it was on a scale of 1