Colin Quinn Movies and Career Information
Jun 06, 1959
Actor and Writer
Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian and writer best known for his five years in the cast of Saturday Night Live, as the sidekick/announcer of MTV's wildly popular late-1980s gameshow Remote Control and as host of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central from 2002-2004. Quinn is currently starring in the Broadway one-man-show, "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short", directed by Jerry Seinfeld at New York's Helen Hayes Theater through January 8, 2011. Quinn was born in Brooklyn, the son of teachers, and was raised in the Park Slope section of the borough. His natural Brooklyn accent and idiosyncratic mannerisms are trademarks of his stand-up act, headlining at top comedy clubs across the country, including Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City. Before becoming a comedian, Quinn attended Stony Brook University for a year and worked as a bartender. He stopped drinking in the early 1980s after several bad experiences with alcohol, including drunken blackouts and nights spent in jail. After quitting bartending, Quinn began his stand-up career in 1984. He first achieved fame in 1987 as co-host of the MTV game show Remote Control, which he did for three years.