digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















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 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.

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[8]

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.[9][5]


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


  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. ^ Broadway World
  8. ^ a b Galchen, Rivka (June 3, 2013). "Framers Reframed". The New Yorker. 
  9. ^ www.irishabroad.com

External links[edit]

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

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Quinn — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
343760 videos foundNext > 

Opie With Jim Norton - Rich Vos And Colin Quinn In Studio (01/07/2015)

Subscribe for more Show Updates. ---------- MP3 Version can be downloaded Here: http://bit.ly/1DxSjUm ----------------- The Anthony Cumia Show: https://www.a...

Opie & Anthony - Colin Quinn vs Jim Norton, Best of (Part 1 of 2)

Colin Quinn on O&A Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZj1e08FguM&list=PLo4m6fiyUXlUABIteY3ZrnAOSeJe2e8cv.

My Wife Hates Me - Colin Quinn (01-06-2015)

http://riotcast.com/mywifehatesme Colin Quinn joins Rich and Bonnie. Follow Colin @ https://twitter.com/iamcolinquinn Follow Rich @ https://twitter.com/richv...

Colin Quinn on O&A #25 - Cruisin' Colin

http://siriusxm.com/theopie&anthonychannel Colin Quinn in studio. Race talk. Colin is looking forward to hearing Scorch audio. O&A tell Colin about Scorch an...

Colin Quinn on O&A #11 - Colin Quinn vs Jim Norton

http://siriusxm.com/theopie&anthonychannel Colin Quinn in studio. Jim vs Colin. Myspace voodoo. Colin's Myspace is critiqued. More Myspace voodoo talk. Datin...

Colin Quinn in the studio

As the title says... Colin Quinn is in the studio with the Stern.

Colin Quinn on O&A #43 - Colin & Bobo's Road Trip

http://siriusxm.com/theopie&anthonychannel Colin Quinn joins the boys in studio. Bobo in studio later. Lady Di calls the show. Bob Kelly and a magician Eric ...

Colin Quinn Interview - Late Night with Seth Meyers

Colin Quinn suggests some provocative new ideas for Late Night. Subscribe to Late Night: http://bit.ly/LateNightSeth » Get even more of Late Night with Seth ...

Mohr Stories with Colin Quinn

http://jaymohr.com Comedian Colin Quinn joins JJ in the Big Apple to record this special episode of Mohr Stories. Colin breaks down his new special, which fo...

Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn: Gaffigan, Giraldo, Norton, Santorelli

From June 14, 2004. Good quality.

343760 videos foundNext > 

3707 news items

The Interrobang

The Interrobang
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:50:46 -0800

colin quinn tim gage and receiving manager where he spends his day lifting heavy things. Colin came out to huge applause and totally earned it. I can honestly say that no one else in the business could do a show like this. He's so well versed on so ...
Village Voice (blog)
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:30:08 -0800

We talk with Colin Quinn about comedy, the Comedy Cellar in the Village, and when he used to live across the street in a one-room apartment with three other people and a pair of bunk beds. "To me what's funny is when somebody just lays out some secret ...
Huffington Post (satire)
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:58:00 -0800

In this second episode, Pilot talks with "Saturday Night Live" alum and former "Tough Crowd" host Colin Quinn. Quinn talks about the why it's not good for comedy to be the cool thing, his love for Manhattan's legendary Comedy Cellar club, and why being ...

The Interrobang

The Interrobang
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:12:37 -0800

You may know Colin Quinn from his recent one man show Unconstitutional. Or one of his other one man shows Long Story Short and Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake. Or from his stint as Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live. Or from his time at the helm ...

Brooklyn Vegan (blog)

Brooklyn Vegan (blog)
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 07:52:20 -0800

2015 is finally here. As the least productive member of the BV team, I want to start off this new year right by throwing a few awesome funny-related events onto your stupid radars. The first event of note is Colin Quinn: Breuklyn which is taking place ...

Buffalo News

Buffalo News
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:04:01 -0800

Even Colin Quinn sometimes gets offended by comedy. But then the veteran stand-up, actor and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member gets over it. And he wants you to, too. “I get offended by certain things in comedy sometimes,” Quinn said, “and I'm a ...

Buffalo News

Buffalo News
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 07:29:08 -0800

I've watched Colin Quinn, I've laughed at Colin Quinn, and I've met Colin Quinn. But that doesn't mean I really know him. Or do I? I think maybe I just might. Because although stand-up comedians are famously tough to get to know for real – their ...

Woburn Daily Times

Woburn Daily Times
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:37:30 -0800

In the 4-1 win over LS, Ryan Sheehan had two goals while Ryan Petti and Colin Quinn had two assists each. Patrick Leonard and David Dempsey had one goal each, in front of junior goalie Chris Raymond, who turned away 17 shots for the win. In the win ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight