The latest in Scott Moran's excellent Modern Comedian web series follows standup legend Colin Quinn behind the scenes of his latest one-man show, Unconstitutional. Colin delves into the Constitution's relevance today, the benefit of a theater over a club, and how his next show might involve paranormal tricks.
The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival always has a seriously impressive artist lineup, with galas hosted by the likes of Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard, and Sarah Silverman. But it's JFL's industry conference, now dubbed ComedyPro, that makes the festival the comedy world's equivalent of an annual convention. Executives, agents, bookers, comics, and other interested parties (like your correspondents) collect for a festival that is part sales convention and part summer camp. And what happens in Montreal in July tends to impact the comedy community for the year to come. 2011's saw Louis C.K. named Comedy Person of the Year, the same year he would go on to revolutionize [...]
There have been many chapters in Colin Quinn's career since he first appeared on MTV's Remote Control in 1987. The former SNL castmember went on to host the short-lived but brilliant Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central; more recently, his unique Twitter persona caught the eye of the New York Times. Following on the success of his Broadway one-man show Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, his "history of the world in 75 minutes," Colin Quinn's new show, Unconstitutional, aims to tackle "226 years of American Constitutional calamities." I caught up with after a preview performance of his show to talk about constitutional conventions, comedy nerds, and how sincerity infuriates people.
What was it about the Constitution [...]
In November, the New York Comedy Festival is bringing together all the major players of The Ben Stiller Show: Janeane Garafolo, Bob Odenkirk, Judd Apatow, Andy Dick, Jeff Kahn, Rob Cohen, and, you guessed it, Ben Stiller. This about 20 years since the show was canceled by Fox after only 12 episodes. In that time, many of these people went on to great careers and others were Andy Dick. Other announced shows include a live taping of You Made It Weird, "Crowd Work with Colin Quinn," Splitsider's own Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer will be doing "Nikki & Sara & Friends," and Denis Leary will have a [...]
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
During his five year run on Saturday Night Live, Colin Quinn (who Tina Fey once called “the New Yorkiest New Yorker we know”) brought his Brooklyn born-and-raised Irish-Catholic tough guy background and mannerisms to all of his roles on the show. Coming to SNL as a writer and stand-up comedian and not an improviser or character actor, Quinn’s time on the show was more [...]