What could be funnier than listening to acclaimed comic Colin Quinn explain the inference behind the state of the world as we know it? Directed by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jerry Seinfeld, (Seinfeld, I’m Telling You For the Last Time) Colin Quinn: Long Story Short explores the idiocy of the human race from prehistoric times to the present day, proving that not much has changed in terms of the acts of man, and how progress is about as veritable as the latest episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”. You’re sure to be left in stitches as you get the facts from Quinn’s ruthless satirical standpoint!
As he introduces us to his theories about the evolution, or lack there of, of man, he sets up his premise: mannerisms, stereotypes and class systems were established millions of years ago and continue to dictate societal standards. No matter how many advancements are made in science, philosophy and technology, humankind will remain stuck in our primordial ways, with no sign of novelty anytime soon.
Theoretically, the hostile behavior of completely uncivilized Barbarians circa 508 BC is probably no different than your pushy co-workers.
Beginning with the Homo Sapiens, Quinn poses the idea that we are even regressing to the posture of our pre upright standing ancestors as a result of being bent over our computers all day. Next he analyzes the early empires, questioning the true authority of scholars and philosophers, wondering if they even knew what they were talking about. From the rule of Caesar to Marxism to the Aztec’s, Quinn finds parallels between the empires biggest downfalls and the failures of modern society. Who would think that you can find a common theme in the spread of democracy and Lil Wayne or the war in the Middle East to a bar fight?
Colin Quinn: Long Story Short is a truly clever and unique performance and arguably one of the funniest shows playing now. This is one Social Science class you won’t want to miss!
The performance schedule for Colin Quinn: Long Story Short is as follows:
Fridays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Published on Aug 26, 2011