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Colin Quinn
Colin Quinn in 2010
Birth name Colin Edward Quinn
Born (1959-06-06) June 6, 1959 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York, US
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 1984–present
Genres Observational comedy, black comedy, sketch comedy, satire, political satire, news satire
Subject(s) American politics, American culture, current events, race relations, world history, drinking culture
Influences Richard Pryor,[1] George Carlin[2]
Notable works and roles Co-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.

Early years[edit]

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

He 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".[citation needed]

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 made his Broadway debut in a one-man show, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake co-written with Lou DiMaggio, and was offered the role of Scott Evil in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery by Mike Myers, which he turned down.[5] The role was accepted by Seth Green.

Television and film work and stand-up[edit]

After leaving SNL, Quinn hosted the short-lived The Colin Quinn Show on NBC, followed by Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central. 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 two seasons, and consisted of over 200 episodes.

His stand-up was also used in the animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.[6]

Colin performs regularly at the Comedy Cellar in New York City. In 2004, he was named No. 56 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all-time. He was also named to the Irish America Magazine list of the "Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year".[7]

Quinn shown 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.

More recently, 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.

In 2010, Quinn premiered his one-man show "Colin Quinn Long Story Short" on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Comically channeling the demise of various world empires, Quinn takes a satirical look at the history of the world in 75 minutes. Quinn recorded a special performance of the show that aired on HBO on April 9, 2011. He explores the attitudes, appetites and habits that toppled some of the world's most powerful nations.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1987–1990 Remote Control Sidekick/Announcer Television series
1987 Three Men and a Baby Gift shop Clerk
1988 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Davey Herbeck Television series
13 episodes
1988 Crocodile Dundee II Onlooker at mansion
1988 Married to the Mob Homicide detective
1988 2 Hip 4 TV Host Television series
1989 Caroline's Comedy Hour Host Television series
1990 Manly World Television series
1990 True Blue Television series
1 episode
1992 Ben Stiller Show, TheThe Ben Stiller Show Guest Television series
1 episode
1993 Who's the Man? Frankie Flynn
1995 Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Cully Television series
1 episode
1995–2000 Saturday Night Live Various Television series
97 episodes
1996 Christmas Tree, TheThe Christmas Tree Tom Television film
1996 Celtic Pride Writer
1997 Pulp Comics: Jim Breuer Cop Television film
1998 A Night at the Roxbury Dooey
2002–2004 Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn Host Television series
2003 Crooked Lines Annoying customer
2003 Windy City Heat Talk show guest Television film
2005 Inked Himself Television series
2006 Home Himself
2008 Harold Reedy
2010 Grown Ups Dickie Bailey
2011 Colin Quinn Long Story Short Himself Stand-up performance
2012 That's My Boy Strip Club DJ
2013 Grown Ups 2 Dickie Bailey
2013–2014 Girls Hermie 3 episodes
2015 Trainwreck


External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Norm Macdonald
Weekend Anchor
Succeeded by
Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon

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Denver Stiffs
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:00 -0800

To Nate, Jeff, Andy, Colin, Quinn, Kevin, Chris, Dontae, and especially the amazing folks who make up the hilarious, thought-provoking, and occasionally Nuggets-based Denver Stiffs threads, this has been an incredible year, and I have truly been ...


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:22:30 -0700

We had the chance to chat with George's daughter Kelly Carlin as well as Bartini, Dave Attell, Robert Klein, Judah Friedlander, Gilbert Gottfried, Colin Quinn and Jim Norton. “Carlin never seemed to respect the line in the sand his audience drew,” Jim ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:48:45 -0800

Then she watched the documentary “Comedian” and saw that big-name comics like Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn feel anxiety sometimes, too. “I saw, 'Oh, that's just a feeling that doing comedy gives you,' ” she says. Biggest thrill: Opening for Maria ...


Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:45:00 -0700

Comedian Colin Quinn, Keith Olbermann, Kelly Carlin (George's daughter) and Patrick Carlin (George's older brother) will be on hand at a public unveiling for the street. “My dad would be thrilled with this honor,” Kelly says. “He loved the old ...

Tribeca Citizen

Tribeca Citizen
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:48:45 -0800

From Woodrow's: “Colin Quinn will be guest tending bar at Woodrow's again on Dec. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. All tips will be going to charity.” ••• American Flatbread Tribeca Hearth is really embracing its younger clientele. From a press release: “One section ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:05:33 -0800

“I think [she] had a nervous breakdown. But I got free HBO for a year, I got credits, I got a lot of stuff.” Also on the bill that year: Colin Quinn, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, Patrice O'Neal, Steve Sweeney, Adam Ferrara, Robert Schimmel, Lenny Clarke ...

Huffington Post (satire)

Huffington Post (satire)
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:18:42 -0700

As a former "Weekend Update" anchor, Colin Quinn is one of the few people who knows what's in store for new hire Michael Che. Of course, he has nothing but jokes for him. Colin Quinn @iamcolinquinn. Colin Quinn. Congrats to @CheThinks. The key is to ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:27:40 -0800

The comedy portion of the evening was headlined by Tom Papa and Colin Quinn, who filled in for Denis Leary, the party's usual master of ceremonies. Mr. Quinn was his typical misanthropic self, complaining about how New York City these days is just too ...

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