A native of Brooklyn, Colin Quinn began his stand-up career in New York as a regular on the comedy club circuit. He made his television debut as co-host of MTV’s popular game show Remote Control. In 1995, Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late-night show Saturday Night Live, where he entertained audiences for five seasons with his writing and unforgettable characters before stepping in as anchor for SNL’s popular Weekend Update segment.
After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, in which he served as the show’s host, creator and executive producer, from 2002 – 2004.
In addition to his television work, Colin has appeared in many films, including A Night at the Roxbury, Comedian, Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups and That’s My Boy. He will reprise the role of “Dickie Bailey” in the upcoming summer comedy, Grown Ups 2.
Colin’s first one-man show, Sanctifying Grace, began off-Broadway in 1994 and was later produced as Colin Quinn—An Irish Wake and played at the Helen Hayes Theatre. In 2010, he returned to the Helen Hayes Theatre and starred in the hit Broadway show Colin Quinn Long Story Short. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, the show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for an Emmy as a HBO special in 2011.
After wrapping the tour of Long Story Short across the country, Colin is now working on a book chronicling history from a satirical perspective, titled Yesterday’s News (Grand Central Publishing). He is currently starring in the one-man show, Colin Quinn Unconstitutional, at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City.