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Colin Quinn: Long Story Short Review- Laughs, Lessons and Logistics

By Ellen Hager

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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!


“ After being extended twice on Broadway, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short aired as an HBO special in April 2011. Prior to Chicago, this critically acclaimed Drama Desk Award nominated hit will play East Hampton, Philadelphia, New Haven and Montreal this summer…”

Quinn begins this hysterical history lesson with an anecdote about Al Capone, as means to connect to a Chicago audience. Well received, it’s clear that he is no stranger to the stage.
Quinn’s stand up career began in 1984. Three years later he procured fame through an MTV game show, Remote Control, which he co-hosted. In 1995 he landed a job as a writer for Saturday Night Live and was a regular by the 1997-1998 season. During this time, Quinn debuted his first Broadway show, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake. Post Saturday Night Live, Quinn hosted shows on NBC and Comedy Central as well as a radio program in New York City.

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!

Colin Quinn in Long Story Short


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

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