Colin Quinn

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Colin Quinn
ColinQuinn071r-1.jpg
Colin Quinn in 2010
Birth nameColin Edward Quinn
Born(1959-06-06) June 6, 1959 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York, US
MediumStand-up, television, film
NationalityAmerican
Years active1984–present
GenresObservational comedy, black comedy, sketch comedy, satire, political satire, news satire
Subject(s)American politics, American culture, current events, race relations, world history, drinking culture
InfluencesRichard Pryor,[1] George Carlin[2]
Notable works and rolesCo-host of Remote Control
Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live
Host of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
 
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Colin Quinn
ColinQuinn071r-1.jpg
Colin Quinn in 2010
Birth nameColin Edward Quinn
Born(1959-06-06) June 6, 1959 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York, US
MediumStand-up, television, film
NationalityAmerican
Years active1984–present
GenresObservational comedy, black comedy, sketch comedy, satire, political satire, news satire
Subject(s)American politics, American culture, current events, race relations, world history, drinking culture
InfluencesRichard Pryor,[1] George Carlin[2]
Notable works and rolesCo-host of Remote Control
Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live
Host of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

Colin Edward Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer. On television he is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Remote Control, and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Since 2010, he has also become known for writing and appearing two one-man shows that offer a comedic take on history: Long Story Short and Unconstitutional.

Quinn performs regularly at the Comedy Cellar in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Quinn was born and raised in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, the son of teachers.[3] He attended and graduated from John Dewey High School. He attended Stony Brook University for one year, then worked as a bartender. He stopped drinking in the early 1980s after several bad experiences with alcohol, including blackouts and arrests.[4]

Early career[edit]

Quinn began performing stand-up comedy in 1984, and first achieved fame in 1987 as the sidekick announcer of the MTV game show Remote Control, which lasted five seasons. In 1989, he hosted the A&E stand-up showcase Caroline's Comedy Hour, and wrote and acted in the comedic short/music video Going Back to Brooklyn with Ben Stiller. He wrote for In Living Color, and co-wrote and produced the movie Celtic Pride, which starred Damon Wayans and Dan Aykroyd.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

In 1995, Quinn was hired by Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured player. He became a full cast member during the 1997–1998 season. He established himself on the show with characters such as "Lenny the Lion" and "Joe Blow", and did the recurring segment "Colin Quinn Explains the New York Times".[5]

He began hosting Weekend Update in January 1998 after Norm Macdonald's firing, and anchored the segment until his departure in 2000. Quinn commented on a number of highly publicized media circuses, including the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal and the Microsoft Anti-Trust Trial.[citation needed]

During his SNL tenure, Quinn was offered the role of Scott Evil in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery by Mike Myers, which he turned down. The role was accepted by Seth Green. Quinn has called it the only project he has regretted turning down.[6]

Television and film work and stand-up[edit]

After leaving SNL, Quinn hosted the short-lived The Colin Quinn Show on NBC, which was cancelled after three episodes.

Quinn had greater success with his subsequent show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, which ran on weekdays on Comedy Central from 2002 to 2004. The show featured a panel of four comedians, with Quinn as host, discussing the social and political issues of the day. The show ran for over 200 episodes.

His stand-up was also used in the animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.

Quinn performing during a USO tour in 2005

He was the "unofficial co-host" on the Nick DiPaolo show on the now-defunct 92.3 Free FM in New York City, airing Monday-Friday from noon to three. Quinn and DiPaolo were originally slated to host the show together on WJFK-FM, but the station decided not to pick up the show. Quinn was also a regular guest on The Opie & Anthony Show until its run ended in 2014.

Quinn played Dickie Bailey, the childhood rival to Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler's character) in both Grown Ups films. He also currently recurs as Hermie on the HBO series Girls.

L/Studio announced in February 2015 that Quinn will write and star in an online web series to be hosted on the studio's website. Entitled “Cop Show”, the series will satirize popular New York City crime dramas. Jerry Seinfield, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Che and Amy Schumer are set to guest star on future Cop Show episodes. [7]

One-man shows[edit]

Quinn made his Broadway debut in 1998 in a one-man show, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake, co-written with Lou DiMaggio. The show reflected Quinn's upbringing within the Irish-American community of Brooklyn; it was set at a wake in 1976, with Quinn portraying family members and acquaintances who show up for the event.

In 2010, Quinn premiered his one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short on Broadway, directed by Jerry Seinfeld. The show covered world history from prehistoric times to the present, offering satirical takes on the rise and fall of various world empires. Quinn recorded a special performance of the show that aired on HBO on April 9, 2011.[8]

In 2013, Quinn premiered another one-man show on historical themes, Unconstitutional, which covers the United States Constitution, its creation, and its impact on the American psyche.[9]

Social media[edit]

Quinn has gained fame for his account on the social network Twitter, where he usually posts deliberately vacuous statements, often in the form of either inspirational statements or boasts about his celebrity status, that are intended to provoke his readers.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2004, Quinn was named No. 56 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time.

He was named one the Top 100 Irish Americans of the year in 2004 and 2011 by the magazine Irish America.[10][5]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987–1990Remote ControlSidekick/AnnouncerTelevision series
1987Three Men and a BabyGift shop Clerk
1988Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby ShowDavey HerbeckTelevision series
13 episodes
1988Crocodile Dundee IIOnlooker at mansion
1988Married to the MobHomicide detective
19882 Hip 4 TVHostTelevision series
1989Caroline's Comedy HourHostTelevision series
1990Manly WorldTelevision series
1990True BlueTelevision series
1 episode
1992Ben Stiller Show, TheThe Ben Stiller ShowGuestTelevision series
1 episode
1993Who's the Man?Frankie Flynn
1995Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowCullyTelevision series
1 episode
1995–2000Saturday Night LiveVariousTelevision series
97 episodes
1996Christmas Tree, TheThe Christmas TreeTomTelevision film
1996Celtic PrideWriter
1997Pulp Comics: Jim BreuerCopTelevision film
1998A Night at the RoxburyDooey
2002–2004Tough Crowd with Colin QuinnHostTelevision series
2003Crooked LinesAnnoying customer
2003Windy City HeatTalk show guestTelevision film
2005InkedHimselfTelevision series
2006HomeHimself
2008HaroldReedy
2010Grown UpsDickie Bailey
2011Colin Quinn Long Story ShortHimselfOne-man show
2012That's My BoyStrip Club DJ
2013Grown Ups 2Dickie Bailey
2013–2014GirlsHermie3 episodes
2015Trainwreck

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colin Quinn". Popentertainment.com. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Colin Quinn: Tough Guy
  3. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/65/Colin-Quinn.html
  4. ^ http://www.askmen.com/toys/interview_60/99_colin_quinn_interview.html
  5. ^ a b Top 100 - 2011: Colin Quinn, Irish America
  6. ^ Rabin, Nathan (June 18, 2003). "Colin Quinn". The Onion A.V. Club. 
  7. ^ Holcomb-Holland, Lori (3 February 2015). "Colin Quinn’s Streaming ‘Cop Show’ to Satirize Police Dramas". Arts Beat. New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Broadway World
  9. ^ a b Galchen, Rivka (June 3, 2013). "Framers Reframed". The New Yorker. 
  10. ^ www.irishabroad.com

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Preceded by
Norm Macdonald
Weekend Anchor
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon