Colin Quinn
American comedian
Colin Quinn
Colin Edward Quinn is an American stand-up comedian and writer best known for his five years in the cast of Saturday Night Live, as the sidekick/announcer of MTV's late 1980s gameshow Remote Control and as host of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central from 2002–2004.
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It's not TV... but what is it? As Netflix continues to expand, its identity has gotten fuzzy
LATimes - 2 months
Ok, class. Time for a pop quiz. Which of the following is not an actual show released by Netflix in the last six months? a) “3%,” a dystopian thriller from Brazil b) “Quinnsurrection,” a loosely autobiographical dramedy starring Colin Quinn as a mistanthropic comedian c) “Beat Bugs,” a kids’ show...
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Every new movie and TV show being added to Netflix in November
Yahoo News - 4 months
This week, Netflix claimed that it would release 1,000 hours of original content in 2017 . That sounds incredibly daunting, but rather than peer too far into the future, let's focus on the present. On Thursday, the company unveiled all the new movies and shows coming to its streaming service next month. MUST SEE: This is the Nintendo Switch Some of the original highlights in November include The Crown , Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and a new comedy special from SNL star Dana Carvey. Check out the full list of additions for November 2016 below: Available November 1st The African Queen (1951) Alfie (2004) Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008) Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016) Cujo (1983) The Doors (1991) The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Jetsons: The Movie (1990) King's Faith (2013) Love, Now (2012) Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) Pervert Park (2014) Ravenous (1999) Stephen King's Thinner (1996) Tales from the Darkside: The Movi ...
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Liz Lemon's Feminism, 10 Years Later
Huffington Post - 4 months
Ten years ago, Liz Lemon, a character created and played by Tina Fey, shuffled onto our screens in the first episode of “30 Rock.” Liz Lemon was a “bad feminist.” That’s what made her so compelling. In the 2006 television comedy landscape that lacked for an abundance of truly vibrant female leads, she was an entirely new breed. She was the head writer of the fictional sketch show “TGS.” She was a “boss,” though unabashedly un-bosslike. She was neurotic, ungraceful, ornery and deliberately flawed.  With Tina Fey’s distinct brand of absurdist and ironic humor, “30 Rock” often challenged stereotypes about women by either parodying them to the extreme (in the case of Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski) or subverting them with Lemon’s character herself.  Lemon was the Mary Tyler Moore for a new age: single and not wild about it but also far more happy eating a sandwich than going on a date. By the end of the series in 2013, she “has it all” on her own terms ― a loving husban ...
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L.A. Times high school baseball all-star team
LATimes - 9 months
The L.A. Times’ high school baseball all-star team: P: Kevin Gowdy, Santa Barbara, senior — The UCLA signee went 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA, walking just six batters while striking out 104 in 63 2/3 innings. P: Collin Quinn, JSerra, senior — The Washington State commit went 12-1 with an 0.82 ERA throwing...
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Baseball: Royce Lewis is Trinity League MVP for the second consecutive year
LATimes - 9 months
Junior third baseman Royce Lewis of JSerra has been selected the Trinity League player of the year for the second consecutive season. The co-pitchers of the year were Collin Quinn of JSerra and Chris Burica of Orange Lutheran. First-team all-league: Chase Strumpf, JSerra, Sr.; Davis Wendzel, JSerra,...
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Baseball: Collin Quinn pitches JSerra past Orange Lutheran, 1-0
LATimes - 10 months
It was the battle of the aces on Wednesday night in the Trinity League. Collin Quinn of JSerra took on Chris Burica of Orange Lutheran. The only run of the game was driven in by Davis Wendzel in the third inning in JSerra's 1-0 victory that moved the Lions into sole possession of first place. Quinn...
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Baseball: Collin Quinn pitches JSerra past Orange Lutheran, 1-0
LATimes - 10 months
It was the battle of the aces on Wednesday night in the Trinity League. Collin Quinn of JSerra took on Chris Burica of Orange Lutheran. The only run of the game was driven in by Davis Wendzel in the third inning in JSerra's 1-0 victory that moved the Lions into sole possession of first place. Quinn...
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White Privilege, a Brown Star, and the Sign of the <i>Times</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended Homecoming King, The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj's one-man show about his experiences growing up South Asian in the United States. As an Indian-American of Mr. Minhaj's generation, I was excited for the unique opportunity to watch parts of our collective story told by one of comedy's rising stars. Mr. Minhaj's show did not disappoint. His humor, insight, sincerity, and showmanship offered me one of the best nights of theater of my life. I felt euphoric spending an hour and a half in a setting where my own thoughts and observations about being Indian-American in the United States seemed normal and were validated. Then, I got home and read the New York Times review of Homecoming King. Authored by Neil Genzingler, the Times's take on Mr. Minhaj's show rudely reminded me of how white privilege even pervades the favorite newspaper of this country's most progressive citizens. The Times found it "worrisome" that Mr. Minhaj "still broods ...
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SXSW buzz makes “Trainwreck” a comedy to watch out for
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Yesterday evening, folks at South By Southwest (or SXSW) got to see an early glimpse at Trainwreck, the new film from A-list comedy director Judd Apatow. Penned by and starring Amy Schumer, the pairing of those minds held tons of potential, so I was waiting with baited breath to hear how the work in progress screening was received. Well, the first notices for the movie are all exceptionally good, making this a potential huge hit in the making. Not only that, we might now be in a position to start vaguely wondering if it has a chance to follow in the footsteps of Bridesmaids and gun for a few awards notices. In case you don’t know anything about this film, Trainwreck is a romantic comedy set in New York City. Amy (played by Schumer) is a modern single woman living a happy life, free of romantic attachments beyond a single night. Her father (Colin Quinn( engrained it in her and her sister (Brie Larson) at a young age, though only Amy has held on to it through adulthood. It works great fo ...
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ArtsBeat: Colin Quinn’s Streaming ‘Cop Show’ to Satirize Police Dramas
NYTimes - about 2 years
The comedian’s web series will offer a different take on the making of a New York City crime drama, with guest stars including Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer.
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Theater: Murder, Magic And Memories in Four New Shows
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE &amp; MURDER *** 1/2 TWELFTH NIGHT *** 1/2 KING RICHARD THE THIRD *** LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME ** A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE &amp; MURDER *** 1/2 WALTER KERR THEATRE Apparently, once a decade actor Jefferson Mays will find the role that's perfect for his mercurial, shape-shifting talent and explode on the stage as one of our brightest stars. In 2003, it was the one-man play I Am My Own Wife, which featured Mays in one of the best performances I will ever see during a lifetime of theater-going. Now, it's the silly, light fluff of this musical spin on Kind Hearts &amp; Coronets. I love Ealing comedies and Alec Guinness as much as the next person, but that film in particular always felt more like a stunt to show off Guinness in multiple parts (all of them heirs to a grand title and all fated to die hilariously awful deaths). The book by Robert L. Freedman and music by Steven Lutvak (they collaborated on the lyrics) work together to add some emotional resonance ...
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Colin Quinn Will Make You Laugh At The Constitution
NPR - over 3 years
Here’s a topic guaranteed to get a big laugh…the Constitution. The national tour of comedian Colin Quinn Unconstitutional, is stopping at The Colonial... » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Theater: <i>Patron Saint</i> A Holy Mess; Goerke Casts Big Shadow At Met
Huffington Post - over 3 years
THE PATRON SAINT OF SEA MONSTERS ** out of **** DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN/THE WOMAN WITHOUT A SHADOW ** 1/2 OUT OF **** THE PATRON SAINT OF SEA MONSTERS ** out of **** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS We could talk about the confusing, ambitious but misguided mess that is Marlane Meyer's play The Patron Saint Of Sea Monsters. Or we could talk about the actors that all manage to find some humor and heart throughout this disorienting show. Let's talk about the actors. They're ensnared in a down home Gothic comedy about white trash, a pure hearted doctor with a free clinic and crimes of the heart. It begins with Candy Buckley chomping down with glee on a big chunk of scenery as the scary, hard-drinking and hard-smoking and hard-loving mother of Calvin Little (sad sack Rob Campbell). His wife is dead, seemingly at Calvin's hands though we're not sure what happened for most of the play, and he feels real bad but would rather dispose of the body than fess up to the law. His slightly psychotic brother ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Colin Quinn
  • 2015
    Age 55
    Quinn starred in his fifth one-man show, The New York Story, in July and August 2015 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The show was based upon the experiences chronicled in his book, The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America. It delves into his growing up in the ethnically diverse Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and how it has changed over the years into its current state. Jerry Seinfeld, who directed Long Story Short, returned as director. Quinn has gained attention 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. 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.
    Quinn wrote and starred in the L/Studio web series Cop Show, which premiered in February 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The series stars Quinn as a satirical, pompous version of himself, starring in a New York City-based crime drama. The show's guest stars have included Jerry Seinfield, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Che, Jim Norton, Pat Cooper, and Amy Schumer. Quinn had a supporting role in Amy Schumer's film debut, Trainwreck, as her character's father. He was critically praised for his performance.
    Quinn has also become known for his comedic one-man shows that offer his unique takes on history and growing up in New York City. As of 2015, he has written and starred in five shows: Irish Wake, My Two Cents, Long Story Short, Unconstitutional, and The New York Story, two of which he collaborated on with Jerry Seinfeld as director.
    More Details Hide Details Long Story Short was also filmed as an HBO special that aired on April 9, 2011 and Unconstitutional was released as a Netflix special in 2015. Quinn was born and raised in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the son of teachers. He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, in Stony Brook, Long Island, but did not graduate. He stopped drinking in the early 1980s after several bad experiences with alcohol, including blackouts and arrests.
  • 2013
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 51
    Quinn recorded a special performance of the show that aired on HBO on April 9, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    In 2010, Quinn premiered his third one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short on Broadway, directed by Jerry Seinfeld.
    More Details Hide Details The show covered world history from prehistoric times to the present, offering satirical takes on the rise and fall of various world empires.
  • 2009
    Age 49
    In 2009, Quinn premiered his second one-man show My Two Cents, which covers the economic crumbling of the American empire.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    In 2005, Quinn participated in a USO tour of American military bases around the world, performing stand-up to entertain the troops.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2002
    Age 42
    Quinn had greater success with his subsequent show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, which ran on weekdays on Comedy Central from 2002 to 2004.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    After leaving SNL, Quinn hosted the short-lived The Colin Quinn Show on NBC in the Spring of 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The show combined sketch comedy and stand-up in a live-to-tape format. Despite mostly positive reviews from critics, it was cancelled after three episodes.
  • 1998
    Age 38
    Quinn made his Broadway debut in 1998 in a one-man show, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake, co-written with Lou DiMaggio.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    He began hosting Weekend Update in January 1998 after Norm Macdonald's firing, and anchored the segment until his departure in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Quinn commented on a number of highly publicized media circuses, including the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal and the Microsoft Anti-Trust Trial. 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.
  • 1997
    Age 37
    He became a full cast member during the 1997–1998 season.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • 1995
    Age 35
    In 1995, Quinn was hired by Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured player.
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  • 1989
    Age 29
    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" (a parody of LL Cool J's "Going Back to Cali") with Ben Stiller.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote for In Living Color, and co-wrote and produced the movie Celtic Pride, which starred Damon Wayans and Dan Aykroyd.
  • 1984
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 20
    On television, he is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he anchored Weekend Update, on MTV's 1980's game show Remote Control, where he served as the announcer/sidekick, and as host of Comedy Central's late-night panel show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.
    More Details Hide Details Notable film work includes his role as Dickey Bailey in the Grown Ups films and playing Amy Schumer's father in the film Trainwreck.
  • 1959
    Born on June 6, 1959.
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