Comedian, writer, actor and satirist Colin Quinn will take the stage at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) on Friday, August 26 to what is expected to be a standing-room only crowd.
Beginning his standup career in 1984 as a regular on the comedy circuit, it was a mere three years later in 1987 when Mr. Quinn’s popularity began to skyrocket. Landing the job as announcer and accomplice on MTV’s famous game show “Remote Control” proved to be the catalyst for his career. “Remote Control” ran for five years and exposed Mr. Quinn’s quick wit and penchant for spontaneous adlibs to millions of avid fans and to industry executives. In 1989 he was tapped to host the A&E Special “Caroline’s Comedy Hour.” That same year he wrote and acted in the comedic short; slash video parody, “Going Back to Brooklyn,” spoofing LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali” music video. Ben Stiller appeared in the video with Mr. Quinn. As his writing developed he began writing sketches for “In Living Color.” Colin also co-wrote and produced the film “Celtic Pride” starring Dan Aykroyd and Damon Wayons. In 1995 he was hired as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live. He became a full time cast member during the 1997-‘98 season while developing such characters as Lenny the Lion and Joe Blow. He also hosted and popularized the recurring bit “Colin Quinn Explains the New York Times,” which appeared during the Weekend Update segment. He departed SNL in 2000. As a playwright, he was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for his Live Broadway play “Long Story Short,” directed by Jerry Seinfeld.
As comfortable in a small comedy club as he is performing on Broadway, Mr. Quinn is the quintessential comedian. “Colin Quinn the New York Story,” has been lauded by critics and New Yorkers alike as spot on in terms of his politically incorrect observations and personal slants on the dynamic inner workings that make New York such a unique melting pot of culture, humor and people.
Colin Quinn Live @ The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will take place on Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. For more information, or tickets, call (631) 288-1599 or visit whbpac.org.