Ear Full: Colin Quinn

The Mighty Quinn

Colin Quinn brings patriotic punch lines to Mount Airy Casino Resort

Over the past 28 years, stand-up comedian and writer Colin Quinn has been involved in many different projects on both the small and silver screen. He will bring his stand-up show to Gypsies Lounge at Mount Airy Casino Resort Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. The performance is for those age 21 and over.
Best known for his five years in the cast of Saturday Night Live, as the sidekick/announcer of MTV’s late ’80s gameshow Remote Control and as host of Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, the comedian spoke in our interview about being hired by an earlier incarnation of Mt. Airy very early in his career. For what reason, he still can’t remember.
“It’s really my return to Mt. Airy,” Quinn said. “I was actually hired as one of the entertainment people back in ’78, ’79. I worked there for about two months. They put us up in a house. I still don’t know what the hell we were supposed to be doing there. I think we were supposed to be having fun and being young at the time, I don’t know. Of course all we did was drink every damn night and we laid around the pool with hangovers. Once in a while, we would go out and throw the ball around.”
He hasn’t visited the resort since and is hoping to relive some old memories.
“This is my triumphant return.”
Although he will be shooting the sequel to the Adam Sandler produced Grown Ups this summer in Boston, he plans to make time in his busy schedule to hit the road and continue performing stand-up. Quinn plans on covering a vast array of topics during his routine, but says that the show focuses on American life and politics.
“I’ll be talking about a lot of different topics. It will be a Fourth of July themed show. I’ll be talking about The Constitution and Declaration of Independence. I’ll be hitting on all of the things that have to do with politics, elections and all that stuff.”
In 1995, Quinn took a job offer at Saturday Night Live as a writer/featured player and became a full cast member two years later. He took over as host of the Weekend Update segment in ’98 after Norm Macdonald’s firing and anchored the segment until he left the show in 2000.
“It was like a dream come true and it was also a lot of work,” Quinn said. “But it was so fun. My most memorable moment was when Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci came on Saturday Night Live. They did this surprise guest thing while Jim Breuer and I were imitating them. It was really cool.”
When asked about his personal favorite Weekend Update hosts, the unbiased Quinn played it safe.
“Of course I loved Chevy Chase as the original anchor. I also loved Dennis Miller. There were just so many hosts that were really great.” — tom graham

Catch Colin Quinn at Gypsies Lounge at Mount Airy Casino Resort Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40. The performance is for those age 21 and over. For tickets, call 1-866-468-7619, visit the Box Office in the Newsstand, or purchase online at www.mountairycasino.com.

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