Soft-spoken Andrew Jeffrey Wright talks stand-up comedy, family and making it on $500 a month

Libby and Roberta speak with Andrew Jeffrey Wright, founding member of Space 1026! It's a great talk, 16 and a half minutes long.

Andrew Jeffrey Wright talking with us in City Hall at the Dept. of Alternative Affairs

Andrew Jeffrey Wright is known for his humorous drawings and prints, psychedelic pattern paintings, and most recently his stand-up comedy routine, which he performs regularly Tuesday nights at the Barbary.  Wright, who is a founding and current member of Space 1026, made his first splash with The Manipulators, an animated film he co-produced with then-girlfriend, Clare Rojas.  That fashion-lampoon, done with magazine pictures altered with whiteout, won Wright and Rojas the top prize for animation at the New York Underground Film Festival.  In our talk with Wright we learned that he supported himself in college by working as a security guard at Hog Island and elsewhere, and that some of his humor influences include Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Rodney Dangerfield.  And while the focus of much of his work is on lampooning drug use, he’s never used drugs himself.  And while he’s done some video work recently for Comcast, he’s waiting for a good corporation like EdenSoy to step forward and use his art talents.

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