There's a comedian who was popular in the Eighties whose name is Steven Wright
. He's still around but not as well-known now.
Steven's performances are unusual. He tells jokes in a dead monotone, focusing all attention on his material. His jokes are about absurd ideas -- but if you think about them, they contain a kernel of truth. That contrast creates humor.
Rather than describe Steven's material, let me give you some of his observations:
I was wondering how my life would have been different if I'd been borne one day earlier. Then I thought maybe it wouldn't have been different other than I would have asked that question yesterday.
It was the first time I was ever in love. I learned a lot. Before then, I never even thought about killing myself.
I went to the supermarket today. I picked up some milk and went up to the register and I said, "Hi. How are you?" and she said "Will that be all?" and I said, "No, I want to buy this."
Next week I'm going to have a MRI to find out if I have claustrophobia.
A friend of mine has a trophy-wife but apparently it wasn't First Place.
I bought a new camera. It's very advanced. You don't even need it.
I bought an iPod. It can hold 5,000 songs or one telephone message from my mother.
You know, if heat rises, Heaven might be hotter than Hell.
My doctor told me I shouldn't work out any more until I'm in better shape.
One of my grandfathers died when he was a little boy.
I was driving down the highway and saw a guy hitchhiking. He had a sign that said "Heaven." So I hit him.
You know, the Earth is bipolar.
She was a mail-order bridesmaid.
She drank so much she slurred her pauses.
She was studying forensic astronomy.
I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography.
Have you heard of Steven Wright? Do you think any of these jokes are funny?