SNL veteran Colin Quinn, who sarcastically hails himself as “one of the great writers in the entertainment industry,” will host the 66th annual Writers Guild Awards in New York Saturday. Quinn is currently touring his one-man show Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional (nicknamed “The Toosh”) and appearing on Girls as Alex Karpovsky’s bespectacled, coffee-shop-owning mentor. He’s also working with old friends Jim Norton, Nick DiPaolo and Tom Papa on a very meta Jerry Seinfeld-produced cop show about making a cop show. It’s called Cop Show.
I recently had a chance to talk to Quinn about his thoughts on the New York standup scene, the sheer vitriol he faces [...]
2013 has brought an unprecedented wave of new late night shows. Most stick to the tried and true late night format of scripted segments and celebrity guests, or the faux news style of Comedy Central's late night lineup. But years before The Colbert Report became a staple of that network, another topical show occupied its coveted post-Daily Show spot. A mix of the roundtable debates of Politically Incorrect and the unpredictability of live standup, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn was possibly the purest form of comedy ever on television: a bunch of comedians in a room, having it out over politics, current events, and [...]
Here's Jimmy Fallon's Weekend Update predecessor Colin Quinn on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, jokingly claiming that he came up with the title Grown Ups for Adam Sandler. "I came up with the name," he says. "I swear to God, I'm not even doing a bit. I came up with the name Grown Ups." It's one of many funny claims that Quinn makes throughout the interview, including one that his Twitter account was hacked and another that he went to do a gig in Cleveland while working at SNL and came back to find Jimmy Fallon in his Weekend Update chair.
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Colin Quinn heard the news about Louis C.K. hosting SNL next week, and he's taken to Twitter to offer up some suggestions for sketches. Quinn, an SNL veteran and former Weekend Update anchor, is the only person that Louis C.K. follows on Twitter, and the two Comedy Cellar regulars have been staples of the New York stand-up scene for decades. Colin Quinn has made headlines in the past for his sarcastic tweets, cheekily accusing Will Ferrell of stealing the idea for Anchorman from him and ironically saying terrifying racist and homophobic stuff. Yesterday, he began pitching Louis C.K. a series of comedy sketches, should he [...]
Has Colin Quinn's Twitter been hacked? Is he doing a super-subtle longform joke? Or is he seriously this upset about Will Ferrell's Mark Twain Award? This afternoon, Quinn Twitter-accused Ferrell of stealing his jokes at SNL and having a drug problem, and also claims to have been the actual "shot-caller" on SNL.
Update: So we miiight have not gotten the joke. Thanks, ever-alert readers, for pointing out that Quinn does this kind of thing pretty often to get a rise out of his followers. Apologies for the false alarm.
All Tweets below (read from the bottom up):