Colin Quinn - cool or fool?

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If loving Colin Quinn is wrong, I don't want to be right.

tokyo rosemary (rosemary), Monday, 15 September 2003 01:04 (11 years ago) Permalink

And this is to say nothing of his new show. In the introduction the screen flashes the words, "Four rounds of smart comedy." And I think, "Ooh. I like smart comedy. It'll be like Bill Hicks in the round." And then the comedians come out and say things like, "These kids today! I saw this girl the other day with so much metal in her face she looked like she fell into a tackle box!" And then they tell black jokes and Jew jokes and... ok, I like the Irish jokes, I admit. But still. And then they start talking about politics -- Jesus. I've seen more informed opinions on public access cable. It's mind-blowing.

And what's with Bill Maher lately? When did he become so fucking lame?

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 15 September 2003 01:12 (11 years ago) Permalink

My blood is up tonight. Who wants some? You? You?

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 15 September 2003 01:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

Heh, I didn't see that you'd started a whole new thread. I'll repeat what I said in the "Colins" thread:

"No, Kenan you're right about Colin Quinn. I've never found him funny, although I know him mostly through "Weekend Update" on SNL, and he's said that that gig didn't suit his talents very well."

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 15 September 2003 04:03 (11 years ago) Permalink

i like his show. they actually make an effort to seriously discuss the issues for 20, maybe 30 seconds before going back to ripping on each other.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Monday, 15 September 2003 04:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

and he's said that that gig didn't suit his talents very well.

I would like to know what exactly he imagines his talents to be.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 15 September 2003 04:53 (11 years ago) Permalink

Oh! And the worst thing: when he rants on his show about jobs he lost or was turned down for, like it's this great injustice. Real classy, there, big guy.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 15 September 2003 04:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

his shtick seems to be not really wanting to expend enough energy to have a shtick.

bill maher always sucked.

amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 15 September 2003 05:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

Based on the "Comedian" documentary and other evidence, he's successful solely because he works all the fucking time, not because he's, you know, funny in any way at all. His peak on SNL was when he did the Joe Blow character as a lion who had just been released from jail. That was pretty funny. But otherwise, he's useless.

NA (Nick A.), Monday, 15 September 2003 12:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

Based on the "Comedian" documentary and other evidence, he's successful solely because he works all the fucking time, not because he's, you know, funny in any way at all.

This was what I thought as well. He's probably succeeded because he's hardworking and is friends with the right people, and not because he's funny in any way.

Nicolars (Nicole), Monday, 15 September 2003 12:54 (11 years ago) Permalink

If loving Colin Quinn is wrong, I don't want to be right.

oh shush, you just want to sit on his lap!

phil-two (phil-two), Monday, 15 September 2003 13:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

Colin is slightly less funny than projectile vomiting, but he's very endearing.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 15 September 2003 13:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

phil, well, duh.

tokyo rosemary (rosemary), Monday, 15 September 2003 14:07 (11 years ago) Permalink

I think he can be funny, but he's got to work on his delivery. He steps all over his own punchlines. He needs to calm down or sober up or something.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 15 September 2003 14:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

His name is Colin Quinn and you're asking him to sober up? *hides*

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 15 September 2003 14:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

OTM Alex. I think he's a funny guy. The problem is, he has the worst delivery of any "successful" comedian I can think of. I mean, Janeane Garafalo has no delivery to speak of, but at least she doesn't sabotage her own humor by blurting it out incomprehensibly. I would say he has bad timing too, but you would have to have evidence of timing to determine it good or bad.

Doesn't he have a manager who could say something? He seems to be pals with a lot of stand ups--shouldn't they stage an intervention or something.

Lee G (Lee G), Monday, 15 September 2003 14:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

comedy intervention = great idea for a bad film

mark s (mark s), Monday, 15 September 2003 14:58 (11 years ago) Permalink

would it be more "drop squad" or "holy smoke"?

amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 15 September 2003 15:18 (11 years ago) Permalink

Think "Operation Dumbo Drop"

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 15 September 2003 15:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

i thought the mess-ups were the point (kinda like "hey here's a joke...ah whatever nevermind")

ryan (ryan), Monday, 15 September 2003 15:25 (11 years ago) Permalink

fool acting cool acting fool. "my thing is that I suck and don't give a shit but I'm a great guy really grin grin" no thank you (even if I buy it a little)

the utter unfunniness of everyone else on his show doesn't help...plus they're mosly pigs.

funny conservatives c/d s/d??

g--ff c-nn-n (gcannon), Monday, 15 September 2003 15:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

Dennis Miller?

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 15 September 2003 21:54 (11 years ago) Permalink

Dennis Miller stopped being funny way before he revealed he was a conservative.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 15 September 2003 22:14 (11 years ago) Permalink

Dennis Miller always struck me as a lefty whose only "righty" notion was that he is very much "pro-Cop"

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 14:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

I get sucked into that show, and I know Quinn is the main reason. As host, his habit of inviting gay comedians and homophobes onto the same show is smart. He gets blacks on and people who will tell black jokes. I don't particularly agree with his worldview, but I like the way he expresses it and lets other people answer it--I mean, he's less controlling than Maher or John McLaughlan (sp?)...

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 16 September 2003 14:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

his worldview seems to be "anything for a joke". it's like the cheapskate SNL version of political commentary, where every idea is reduced to fart jokes and etc. there's no backbone.

amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 16 September 2003 15:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

Well he has a political point of view beneath that.

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 17 September 2003 02:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

Right, and it's even more idiotic than we would have guessed had he not said anything about it.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 03:47 (11 years ago) Permalink

"What's with these people who think they're so smart? Here's what I think, 'cause I'm smarter than all those people who think they're so smart..."

An all too common argument. And always always a stupid one.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 03:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

Oh, wait... all of ILX (including me) to thread!

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 04:05 (11 years ago) Permalink

What I mean is, Colin Quinn on his new show argues with popular or cultural elitist opinion simply because it is popular or elitist, and for no other reason. Which is fine, as far as sparking debate goes. The trouble is, he's an idiot, and with very few exceptions, all of his guests are idiots. Their experience of life and politics isn't just expressed through comedy, it is comedy. That's all they know how to do -- make jokes. The theoretical debates on the show are sometimes hilarious, though usually unintentionally, but more often horrifying in their lack of depth and knowledge. And I watch and imagine people out in the audience nodding and agreeing because they think that's what they're supposed to do, and I worry that anyone can say anything nowadays if they wrap it up in a pretty or funny or indignant enough package, and then I go curl into a fetal position in the corner and suck my thumb, having been robbed of any faith in the world or its population. And I blame Colin Quinn for making me feel like this, and I not only hate him, I fear him a little. Him and all his comedian friends.

You know how people get their news from late night talk shows more and more often nowadays? Well, Conan and Leno and Letterman are beacons of journalistic integrity compared to Colin Quinn.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 04:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

I think he "airs" a lot of shit that people are actually saying and laughing at "out there" (laughing = shaky consensus established between comedian and audience). He's big enough, at the very least, to invite people on his show that he knows will rip him a new one, who will bond with his audience against him. In a way, "anything for a laugh" is the great equalizer. But you're right, it's generally a dumbed-down version of that NPR show whose name I can't remember...

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 17 September 2003 06:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

i still trust the Daily Show more than any other nightly newscast.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 06:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

the daily show slips into that "anything for a joke" humor sometimes, but more often there is a definite political point of view, an agenda even, behind the humor.

amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 10:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

I think Colin Quinn has done the world a great service by exposing how socially evil Ben Stein really is. (DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE GENIAL BRANIAC FROM "Win Ben Stein's Money"; HE WILL EAT YOUR BABIES)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 11:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

he was a nixon speechwriter for cryin' out loud!

(maybe everybody already knows that)

s1utsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 12:25 (11 years ago) Permalink

I knew that, but he came across as so genial and nice on his own show that I figured either he wasn't as evil as I had previously imagined or he had mellowed somewhat since those days.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 17 September 2003 12:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

He totally reminds me of every rich Republican I've ever gotten drunk with...

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 17 September 2003 20:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

8 years pass...

his twitter account is really the pinnacle of his comedic career, isn't it?

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is, and maybe I haven't paid him enough attention lately, but it's a totally different style of humor than what he's known for

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Monday, 30 April 2012 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

really it was an inevitability that the pinnacle of his career wouldn't involve him speaking

some dude, Monday, 30 April 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 30 April 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Twitter ideally suited for someone who can't form sentences

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 30 April 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

he can WRITE sentences, he just can't read them off a teleprompter and recite them

some dude, Monday, 30 April 2012 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

trolling so hard right now

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

easily one of the best instances of "I'm not racist, but..." ever

frogbs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

loved the "this is our country" ref too

frogbs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

this guy should be shot out of a cannon into a brick wall

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I get what he's doing. I'm just not sure a) he's doing it effectively enough to be successful or b) that it's in any way necessary or advisable. Maybe wait until, like, 2212, when we can all look back at the silly racial strife from centuries past and have a good laugh about it together?

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink


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