Colin Quinn Biography, Age, Height, Net worth, Family, Wife, Education, Career, Movies, T v Shows

Colin Quinn Biography

Colin Quinn is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer born on 6th June 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live.

Colin Quinn Age

Colin Quinn was born on 6 June 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Colin is 59 years old as of 2019.

Colin Quinn Height

Colin Quinn stands at a height of 1.73 m.

Colin Quinn Net worth

Colin Quinn earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He has an estimated net worth of $4 million.

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Colin Quinn Family

Colin Quinn was born and raised in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. He was born of Irish descendant of which they were both teachers.

Colin Quinn Wife

Colin Quinn was considered a confirmed bachelor before he met Amal. Colin Quinn has tied the knot, starting life as a newlywed fresh at the age of 60-years-young.wife is not indicated in his record. His marital status is single.

Colin Quinn Education

Colin Quinn graduated from John Dewey High School and later went to Stony Brook University he didn’t graduate because of too much intake of Alcohol, this hindered him for dropping out of the University. But he stopped drinking in 1980 after several bad experiences with alcohol he faced blackouts and arrests.

Colin Quinn Stand-up comedian, actor, and writer

Colin Quinn started his stand-up comedies when he was in High School. He began to perform in 1984 and he becomes famous in 1987 as a sidekick announcer of the MTV game show Remote Control, which lasted five seasons. In 1989, he hosted the A&E stand-up showcase Caroline’s Comedy Hour, and wrote and acted in the comedic short/music video “Going Back to Brooklyn” (a parody of LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali”) with Ben Stiller.

He wrote his movies In Living Color, co-wrote and produced the movie Celtic Pride, which was starred by Damon Wayans and Dan Aykroyd. He was hired as a writer and a player on Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1996 and he became a full cast member in the 1997-1998 season. He established himself on the show with recurring characters and segments such as “Lenny the Lion”, “Joe Blow”, “Colin Quinn Explains The New York Times”, and “Weekend Update”.

He began hosting “Weekend Update” in January 1998 after Norm Macdonald was fired, and anchored the segment until his departure from SNL in 2000. He commented on a number of highly publicized media circuses, including the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal and the Microsoft anti-trust trial. During his time in SNL, he turned down to an offer of Scott Evil to his fellow cast member Mike Myers’s film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

He has called the role, which was ultimately played by Seth Green, the only project that he regretted turning down. After leaving SNL, Quinn hosted the short-lived The Colin Quinn Show on NBC in the spring of 2002. The show combined sketch comedy and stand-up in a live-to-tape format. Despite mostly positive reviews from critics, it was canceled after three episodes. Quinn had greater success with his subsequent show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, which ran on weekdays on Comedy Central from 2002 to 2004.

The show featured a panel of four comedians, with Quinn as host, discussing the social and political issues of the day. The show ran for over 200 episodes. His stand-up comedies have also been animated in the series of shorties Watchin’ Shorties. He performed during the USO tour in 2005. In 2005, he participated in the USO tour of American military bases around the world, performing stand-up to entertain the troops.

He was the “unofficial co-host” on the Nick DiPaolo show in the defunct 92.3 Free FM in New York City, airing Monday–Friday from noon to three. Quinn and DiPaolo were originally slated to host the show together on WJFK-FM, but the station decided not to pick up the show. Quinn was also a regular guest on The Opie & Anthony Show until its run ended in 2014.

He played Dickie Bailey, the childhood rival to Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler’s character) in both Grown Ups films. He also had a recurring role as Hermie on the HBO series Girls. He wrote and backed in the L/Studio web series Cop Show, which premiered in February 2015. In the series star he satirical, pompous the version on himself, he starred in the New York City-based crime drama.

The show’s guest stars have included Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Attell, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Che, Tom Papa, Jim Norton, Pat Cooper, Irina Shayk and Amy Schumer. He had a supporting role in Amy Schumer’s film debut, Trainwreck, as her character’s father. He was critically praised for his performance. He made his Broadway debut in 1998 in a one-man show, He then co-wrote with Lou DiMaggio.

The show reflected his upcome within the Irish-American community of Brooklyn; it was set at a wake in 1976, with he portrayed the family members and acquaintances who show up for the event. In 2009, Quinn premiered his second one-man show My Two Cents, which covers the economic crumbling of the American empire. In 2010, he premiered his third one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short on Broadway, directed by Jerry Seinfeld.

The show covered world history from prehistoric times to the present, offering satirical takes on the rise and fall of various world empires. Quinn recorded a special performance of the show that aired on HBO on April 9, 2011. A Brazilian version of the show featuring comedian Bruno Motta has the title 1 Milhao de Anos em 1 Hora (“1 Million Years in 1 Hour”). In 2013, he premiered another one-man show on historical themes, Unconstitutional, which covers the United States Constitution, its creation, and its impact on the American psyche.

He has also starred in his fifth one-man show, The New York Story, in July and August 2015 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The show was based upon the experiences chronicled in his book, The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America. It delves into his growing up in the ethnically diverse Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and how it has changed over the years into its current state.

Seinfeld, who directed Long Story Short, returned as director. He has gained attention for his account on the social network Twitter, where he usually posts deliberately vacuous statements, often in the form of either inspirational statements or boasts about his celebrity status, that is intended to provoke his readers.

Colin Quinn Movies




2017Sandy WexlerKevin Connors
2016BootedDebt Collector
2013Grown Ups 2Dickie Bailey
2012That’s My BoyStrip Club DJ
2010Grown UpsDickie Bailey
2009Paper BoysTV Voiceover
2003Crooked LinesAnnoying Customer
1998A Night at the RoxburyDooey
1993Who’s the Man?Frankie Flynn
1988Crocodile Dundee IIOnlooker at Mansion
1988Married to the MobHomicide Detective
1987Three Men and a BabyGift Shop Clerk
1983Rock ‘n’ Roll HotelDJ

Colin Quinn Tv Shows






The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore


1 episode


The Jim Gaffigan Show


1 episode


Inside Amy Schumer

Judge / Elevator Passenger From Hell

2 episodes


The Awesomes

Jeff Apelstein

7 episodes




8 episodes



Delivery Boy

TV Short


What About Sal?


TV Short


Windy City Heat

Talk Show Guest

TV Movie


Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

Host and writer


The Colin Quinn Show

3 episodes


Pulp Comics: Jim Breuer


1 episode


Space Ghost Coast to Coast


1 episode


Saturday Night Live

Cast Member

97 episodes


The Christmas Tree


TV Movie


The Larry Sanders Show


1 episode


The Ben Stiller Show

1 episode


Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue


TV Movie


Manly World

Also writer


True Blue

2 episodes




1 episode


Caroline’s Comedy Hour


2 episodes


The Cosby Show

Davey Herbeck

1 episode


2 Hip 4 TV

Co-host with Ahmet Zappa

unknown episodes


Remote Control

Sidekick/Announcer and writer

All episodes

Colin Quinn Quotes

  • Everybody’s got a different sense of humor. It’s just different styles.
  • Humanity is a crazy contradiction. I accept us for who we are. We’re not that great. Every time we take a step forward we go back to the same primitive behavior. We’re meant to be this way. It’s not our fault, it’s just who we are.
  • When I look back now I realize I was such an obnoxious kid but, you know, I went to schools like you, like a public school in New York so compared to the anarchy that was going on there, they really wouldn’t – I wasn’t like a bad kid. I saw people come in and punch the teachers.
  • My stand-up act? I combine the fact that the world is a violent place with the fact that each person is responsible for the situation they are in.
  • The thing that drives me crazy is when comics say ‘I have low self-esteem.’ No, you don’t. You’re standing on stage asking people to pay. You don’t play an instrument. You want people to pay to hear what’s in your mind. You don’t have low self-esteem. You might have other problems.
  • I’m just another guy who thinks he’s smarter than he is, in a long line of them.

Colin Quinn Book

  • The Coloring Book: A comedian Sol
  • Left for Dead

Colin Quinn History

Colin Quinn took over the Update after the unceremonious firing of Norm MacDonald, he had the unenviable task of succeeding one of the most beloved anchors in the history of the segment. He poked at fun at the situation in his first Update, but he could never outrun the narrative. He was relieved of his duties after the 1999-2000 season, replaced by the more commercially viable tandem of Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey.Three years later, on Tough Crowd, he hosted a show that involved intense debate between fellow comics, including regulars like Jim Norton, Greg Giraldo, Nick DiPaolo, and Patrice O’Neal. The show had its share of devoted fans, but never captured a mainstream audience, and it was canceled in 2004 and replaced with the more successful Colbert Report a year later.

But while Quinn’s fate in these scenarios was unfortunate, anyone who views his career as a disappointment hasn’t been paying attention. In the 2010s, Quinn has re-invented himself with a new persona: comedy’s greatest historian. Quinn’s latest Netflix special, The New York Story, debuted on the platform last month.

In it, he gives an extremely thorough retelling of how the city of New York came to be, exploring everything from why the city wasn’t called New London, to the exact order that each group of immigrants came to the country and how they interacted with each other. Even for someone often known as a quintessential New York comic (at least partially due to his thick accent), it’s a stunningly comprehensive work, as he crams every bit of information he possibly can about New York’s history into the span of an hour.

This special would be surprising were it not the fact that he had already done similar projects twice before. In 2011, he released the HBO special Long Story Short, which covered all of history from the prehistoric era to modern times. Two years later, he followed that up with Unconstitutional, which took a deep dive into the history of how the constitution was created, as well as the overall effect it had on the development of America.

As we can see, Quinn has no problem taking a large, broad topic and exploring it in the most comprehensive way possible. What allows him to succeed at this is his stunning abilities as a storyteller. Anyone who has followed Quinn throughout his career knows that he has quite a knack for going into great detail with his stories, describing minutiae that seem unimportant at first but ends up being essential.

He knows exactly what parts of the story to tell and what to leave out, and the tales he tells in his specials have been enthralling as a result. Get unlimited access to Vulture and everything else New York. While his transformation into comedy’s coolest 8th-grade social studies teacher might be a bit surprising for someone who best remembers him from Update and Tough Crowd, it’s really not much of a departure, as he largely maintains the persona that defined him in his early years.

Quinn is what you might call a rough-around-the-edges comic, as he often divulges into stereotypical humor that might catch the ire of the more culturally sensitive crowd. But what sets Quinn apart from many other comics who seek to challenge the so-called PC police is that he’s actually capable of justifying his decision to Go There.

In The New York Story, several of his jokes play on ethnic stereotypes, and honestly, they would have fallen flat in the hands of any number of lesser comics. But what makes it work is that Quinn doesn’t make these jokes just for the sake of making them; rather, he has a larger point. Specifically, he discusses how New York’s various cultures and ethnicities actually interact less with each other now than they did 40 years ago, and perhaps the recent trend of being afraid to say anything potentially hurtful has (perhaps unintentionally) contributed to that divide.

Admittedly, an argument like this will always seem spurious when coming from a white guy, but out of all the comics who trade in stereotypes, Colin Quinn is one of the rare few who actually has a greater purpose for it. Quinn’s staying power is nothing short of admirable. After failing to find anything more than a cult audience on SNL and Tough Crowd, Quinn easily could have shrunk from the moment, and been known to history merely as “the guy who did Update after Norm and before Jimmy and Tina” and “the guy who was on after Jon Stewart before Colbert was.” Instead, he’s become so much more than that. His last three standup specials have proven that he is one of comedy’s most adept storytellers as well as its most thorough historian. He may never have become a mainstream comedian, but at this point, it doesn’t matter he’s firmly established himself.

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