Colin Quinn Just For Laughs Keynote Address. Or How Not To Go Insane On The Journey

July 15, 2013

If anyone can talk about how not to go insane on the comedic journey, it is Colin Quinn, this year’s Just For Laughs ComedyPRO keynote speaker.


A veteran comedian who has self-confessed to “bombing” numerous times in his stand-up career. And who is now enjoying a revival as a master of the 140 character jab. Quinn is the real deal in a world of improbable highs and equally unimaginable lows.

Quinn’s keynote, which is scheduled for the first day of the ComedyPRO conference, will explore the merits of “sticking together” as the only solution to what lies ahead on the road to fame and fortune.

Long celebrated as a “comedian’s comedian”, Quinn got his start in the mid-1980s when he quit his job as a bartender to pursue a career in comedy. He found fame a few years later, landing a job as co-host on the MTV game show Remote Control. From there, he worked as a writer and stand-up comedian, most notably on the sketch comedy series In Living Color, before getting hired by NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Moving quickly from featured to repertory player, Colin managed to land the coveted spot of “Weekend Update” anchor, serving as Norm Macdonald’s replacement. After leaving Saturday Night Live, Quinn traversed the dangerous territory of prime-time network sketch comedy with The Colin Quinn Show, which only lasted three episodes. He then made a move to Comedy Central, where his round-table discussion show Tough Crowd also failed to find an audience. Eventually, he returned to the up side of down with Long Story Short, a one-man show about the history of America. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, the show became a Broadway hit. Quinn’s new theatre show, Unconstitutional, is currently having an extended run at the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC. It moves to Salles du Gesù for a limited run during the Just For Laughs Festival. Purchase your tickets from the Just For Laughs website.

Quinn follows in the footsteps of previous ComedyPRO keynote speakers — Patton Oswalt (2012), Marc Maron (2011) and Lewis Black (2010).

Loners in Unity: The Colin Quinn Just for Laughs Keynote Address takes place Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the Grand Salon Opera, Hyatt Regency Montreal. Included with all levels of ComedyPRO passes.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the comedy industry’s top event. Buy your pass today!

Late to the game? Buy a pass on-site. On-site registration will be held at the Just for Laughs Welcome Desk (Creation Room on Level 6), Hyatt Regency Montreal (1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance) from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Day passes will also be sold on-site.

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