I Still Have a Pony
I Still Have a Pony
by Steven Wright
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After almost 25 years in the making, the most rumored comedy album is finally hitting the streets. As the elder statesman of bizarre one liners, Wright has had a decades long career creating the smartest, surrealist, oddball comedy out there, delivered in his characteristic deadpan. His first album, "I Have A Pony", was Grammy nominated when it was released in 1985 and has sold nearly a million copies. "I Still Have A Pony" contains the best of 20+ years of new material and has already been critically acclaimed.
|Audio CD Release Date:||September 25, 2007|
|Studio:||Comedy Central Rec.|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 24 reviews|
|2. ||This Woman I Met|
|3. ||The Store|
|5. ||The Kitten Song|
|10. ||My Grandfather|
|11. ||Shopping Carts|
|12. ||The Mumbles Song|
|13. ||Friends Of Mine Song|
|Average Customer Review: ( 24 customer reviews )
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36 of 38 found the following review helpful:
Great collection of unique one-liners Oct 07, 2007
By Patrik Lemberg
If you've heard and liked the first (only other) Steven Wright CD "I Have a Pony," which was released in 1985, you should be excited about this one, as it holds another ton of new unique deadpan one-liners.
What I must mention, though, is something that I was a little disappointed by--and it has nothing to with the quality of Wright's act, but--a lot of the material on this CD is excerpted from the 2006 Steven Wright DVD "When the Leaves Blow Away" - it actually holds big chunks of that same Elgin Theatre performance of May 2006, though also parts of a performance/performances (?) from The Winter Garden Theatre Centre where he did the same act that same month.
Because of this I'm also disappointed in how this CD has been advertised; as it has been over 20 years since Wright recorded his previous disc it has been suggested that the material of "I Still Have a Pony" would hold material from what he's done since. Ok, it's true in a sense, but no material of the 20 years following his debut is included here - genius acts of his past have never been officially released for purchase. To high extent there's mainly (if not only) material from Wright's act of the last year or two.
...so, be warned: if you own "When the Leaves Blow Away" you will get an almost duplicated performance without the visual feature - sure, there are small variations and adlibs (from the Winter Garden gig,) but aside from less than a handful of one-liners they're entirely the same jokes.
Much praise must go to the man behind the material however, and if you're not familiar with Wright's most recent act you can decide between getting this 42 minute CD and the DVD "When the Leaves Blow Away" (which is 78 minutes long counting the featured short film "One Soldier" from 1999 and a short stand-up gig from 1988.) It's your call, but you'll get quality either way.
22 of 24 found the following review helpful:
Funny, but the first one was funnier Oct 03, 2007
By C. Yack
I was a big fan of Steven Wright's humor when he was starting out. I own his first CD (I Have A Pony).
Steven appeared on Conan O'Brien the Thursday before this CD was released. When asked why he waited 20 years to make another CD, Steven's response was, "I didn't want to be overexposed".
Steven's style hasn't changed much, and I was glad that the CD doesn't have any repeated jokes from the first CD. I busted a gut at some of his guitar songs (there aren't that many), and there were plenty laugh out loud moments, but it has less zing than his earlier work.
I continue to have respect for Steven's work, but if I had to choose between this one and the first CD, I would choose the first one. Still, this CD is certainly good for a first time listen.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
monotone magnificence... Sep 26, 2007
By Chris B
Ah, the godfather of modern understated comedy is back with a new CD with an apt title given that Wright hasn't changed his style since his first. This isn't to say that it's a dry recasting of what's come before. No, the material here is all new, with his usual wry observations that typically leave me wondering why I never noticed it before.
I will quibble about one detail: This is the same set that was released on the DVD "When The Leaves Fall", which is a slight disappointment, but it's still a delight to hear him again.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Same as his DVD - When the leaves blow away Mar 07, 2008
By shaun mcneil
This audio CD is the audio portion of the DVD "When the leaves blow away" which is his new DVD.
If you would like and audio version of his DVD to listen to in the car or rip for your mp3 collection, then get this.
Otherwise I would recommend his DVD.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
A bit different than his early work Jan 07, 2008
The strengths in Wright's early work were that his humor was much smarter and much cleaner than most comics, while being fall-off-the-chair funny.
This work is that funny--Wright's genius for wit is still working. But he relies much more than he used to on vulgarity.
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