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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. Since 2010, he has also become known for writing and appearing in 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.[5][10]


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 One-man show
2012 That's My Boy Strip Club DJ
2013 Grown Ups 2 Dickie Bailey
2013–2014 Girls Hermie 3 episodes
2015 Trainwreck Gordon Post-production


  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

External links[edit]

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

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The Interrobang

The Interrobang
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:37:30 -0700

Colin Quinn: Doing a web series is different because you don't have any network notes, so you get a lot more freedom. The other side of that is when it's not funny there's no one to blame but yourself. But ultimately it's great. Except for the money ...

The Interrobang

The Interrobang
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:56:15 -0700

The world has gotten the answer to a question it's had for a long time. What would Colin Quinn look like if he was illustrated to look like he was in a children's coloring book!? Now everyone knows thanks to the cover of Colin's forthcoming book, “The ...
Duluth News Tribune
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:11:15 -0700

In the first run of the show, Buscemi's guests included Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, Fred Armisen, Dick Cavett and Colin Quinn. “Steve Buscemi is one of the most recognizable actors of today, and viewers love the unique and entertaining style he brings to ...


Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:13:09 -0700

Colin Quinn loves sports—he wrote a movie, Celtic Pride, about basketball fans—but he doesn't fill out a bracket. “I don't do brackets because I don't work in an office,” says the one-time host of Tough Crowd and former anchor for Saturday Night Live ...

Tewksbury town crier

Tewksbury town crier
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:30:00 -0700

Senior attack Colin Quinn had two goals and three assists to pace the Tewksbury attack, while senior midfielder Jimmy Hirtle had four assists. In their previous game, last Tuesday on the road at MVC rival Methuen, the Redmen rolled to 23-3 victory, ...

Huffington Post

A.V. Club Milwaukee
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:02:06 -0700

Comics of this ilk are a dying breed, epitomized by guys like Bill Burr, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Nick DiPaolo, and, of course, Jim Norton. Norton lives in a world he views rife with sanctimony, false outrage, political correctness, and far-reaching ...
Boston Globe (subscription)
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:22:24 -0700

Tewksbury 14, Wakefield 13 — Midfielder Jimmy Hirtle scored five goals to lead the Redmen (6-2), while fellow senior Colin Quinn added three goals and an assist. Braintree 13, Scituate 7 — Brendan McGuire scored five goals and Dom Duke made 15 saves ...

New York Times

New York Times
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:30:00 -0800

The comedian Colin Quinn is a cunning self-deprecator: He makes fun of his own middling level of fame with an aggressive edge that suggests that he really ought to be bigger by now. On Twitter, he draws attention by encouraging his haters, retweeting ...

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