Colin Quinn isn’t afraid of a tough crowd
April 9, 2009
The Improv is moving across the street for one night where it will be joined by Colin Quinn.
Quinn, Maryellen Hooper and Don McEnery will perform at 7:30 Saturday, April 11 in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Howie Nave will be the host.
At 10 p.m., Hooper, McEnery and Nave will be back at The Improv inside Harveys Resort and Casino for another show.
Quinn, who wasn’t available for an interview, has been in the national spotlight for years for his work in standup comedy, movies and television.
He might best be known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” where in 1995 he began as a writer, later became a cast member and from 1998 to 2000 was the host of “Weekend Update,” where he would sign off with the saying, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
The Irish-American from Brooklyn is an observational and often dark comic who discusses politics and current events. In 2003-04 he was the host of the Comedy Central program “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.”
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He is unabashed in his candor and delivery.
“I can tell you that they almost ate him up alive when he performed at Nick’s in Boston commenting how much he loves New York City,” Nave said. “The other comics had to be his bodyguards that night after the show.”
Quinn became a national figure in 1987 when he was the co-host of the MTV game show “Remote Control.” He was a writer for the television show “In Living Color,” and wrote and produced the movie “Celtic Pride.” He appeared in several movies, including “3 Men and a Baby,” “Married to the Mob” and “Harold.”
Nave said Quinn is a talented poet.
“For a cynical guy who thinks the world is always after him, I thought the poetry thing was pretty funny,” he said.