COLIN QUINN

July 10, 2019 at 4:30 am

The comedian, author and social commentator Colin Quinn will join us to break down how and why he sees our country as “dysfunctional and divided.”

Aired on July 9, 2019. 

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>> WE STARTED OUT WITH 13
COLONIES.
WE GAME BECAME 50 STATES.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH 13 COLONIES?
13 STEAMS LIKE PLENTY.
WE'RE ALREADY BIGGER THAN
ENGLAND AND FRANCE PUT TOGETHER.
BUT WE GOT GREEDY.
WE COULDN'T TAKE THE HINT FROM
GOD.
GOD PUT MOUNTAIN RANGES, RIVERS
LIKE TO INDICATE THOSE ARE
DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
THE GRAND TETONS, THE
MISSISSIPPI, THE ROCKIES,
NATURAL BORDERS.
EUROPE KNEW, EUROPE'S THE SAME
SIZE AS US, MADE A BUNCH OF
DIFFERENT COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY
UNDERSTOOD EVERY 700 MILES,
PEOPLE HAVE A DIFFERENT
PERSONALITY.
DO YOU THINK HUNG GI RA AND
SCOTLAND HAVE LESSES IN COMMON
THAN UTAH AND NEW JERSEY.
>> POLITICAL DIVISION IN THE
UNITED STATES, A TOPIC RIFE FOR
CONTEMPLATION SATIRE AND EVEN
HUMOR.
COLIN QUINN KNOWN FOR BEING
"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE"'S WEEKEND
UPDATE HOST BUT AN AUTHOR, A
STANDUP COMIC, KNOWN FOR HIS
COMEDY SPECIALS ALL DONE IN A
PURE AUTHENTIC STYLE THAT ONLY A
REAL NEW YORKER CAN DELIVER
STARRING IN HIS LATEST ONE-MAN
SHOW CALLED "RED STATE BLUE
STATE" AND TAKES ON WASHINGTON
AND LAYS BARE WHAT HE SAYS ARE
THE CAL AMITIES ON BOTH SIDES O
THE POLITICAL DIVIDE.
>> IT'S GREAT TO BE ON.
>> THERE'S A LOT I WANT TO TALK
TO YOU.
>> OKAY.
>> HERE'S MY STRUGGLE.
HELP ME WITH IT.
OFTENTIMES I'LL HAVE SOMEBODY
DOING A SHOW AND SAY HERE'S THE
SHOW THE YOU'RE DOING.
I'LL GIVE A SENTENCE OR TWO TO
ENCAPSULATE IT.
>> RIGHT.
>> I'M STRUGGLING FIGURING HOW
WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS SHOW IF
SOMEBODY SAIDCY SAW SU ON
BROADWAY AGAIN.
WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?
>> HOW FAR WE FALL BASICALLY AS
AN IDEA WHICH WHICH WAS A GREAT
IDEA OF COMPROMISE BUT IT REALLY
JUST DETERIORATES LIKE
EVERYTHING ELSE.
MAYBE IT'S ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING
FALLS APART.
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
IT'S BASICALLY TRYING TO SAY
HEY, GUYS, WE'RE GOING TO HEAD
FOR SEVL WAR SOON.
PEOPLE BETTER STOPPING THE WAY
THEY'RE BEHAVING UNLESS YOU WANT
TO GO TO WAR.
IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.
>> IT'S INTERESTING HOW MUCH
HUMOR IS DERIVED FROM CONFLICT.
>> ALL FROM CONFLICT.
>> THE TRUTH IN HUMOR.
YOU TALK HERE ABOUT WE ARE THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
IT'S A DEMOCRACY AND A DEMOCRACY
HAS TO BE FOUNDED ON COMPROMISE.
IT CAN'T EXIST WITHOUT THE
NOTION OF COMPROMISE.
YET, IT'S BECOME AN ANA THOOEP
THEME MA IN OUR SOCIETY.
YOU'RE FINDING HUMOR IN THE IDEA
THAT BOY, CAN WE EVEN CONSIDER
OURSELVES UNITED ANYMORE.
>> RIGHT.
I MEAN, HUMOR IS SUPPOSED TO SAY
WHAT YOU THINK IS OBVIOUS TO
EVERYBODY AND THEY GO OH, YEAH,
OF COURSE THAT'S TRUE.
MOST GOOD JOKES, YOU'RE LIKE, OF
COURSE, I KNOW THAT.
>> WE MIGHT BE THINKING THAT.
>> IT'S IN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS.
YOU GO YEAH, OF COURSE.
>> "RED STATE BLUE STATE" AND IN
THE THEATER, YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY
TARGETED FOR YOUR HUMOR BOTH
SIDES OF THE AISLE.
>> BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.
>> WHAT SORT OF REACTION ARE YOU
GETTING FROM AUDIENCES?
>> SO FAR IT'S GREAT AND
LAUGHING EVERYWHERE I WANT THEM
TO LAUGH.
I THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT I
COULDN'T -- I COULD NEVER
CONSIDER MYSELF IDEOLOGICALLY
ALIGNED WITH ANY PARTY JUST
BECAUSE I CAN'T IMAGINE
ANYBODY'S NOT FILLED WITH THEIR
HYPOCRISY AND THEIR PART IN
WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
MOST PEOPLE DO FEEL, MOST PEOPLE
I KNOW BELIEVE THAT IT'S THE
RIGHT IS DESTROYING THE COUNTRY
OR THE PEOPLE THAT I KNOW
CONSERVATIVE BELIEVE THE LEFT IS
DESTROYING THE COUNTRY.
THEY BOTH BELIEVE THAT WITH ALL
THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS.
>> HOW DO YOU THINK, THIS IS A
LITTLE BIT PHILOSOPHICAL BUT IN
OF HUMOR IT, HOW DO YOU THINK
HUMOR LIKE YOURS CAN GET PEOPLE
TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE NOTION
I MIGHT DISAGREE WITH SOMEONE,
THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN I
HAVE TO DESTROY THEM.
OR THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE AN EVIL
PERSON IF WE DON'T AGREE.
>> I DON'T THINK IT CAN.
>> DO YOU THINK WE'RE THAT FAR
ALONG A TERRIBLE ROAD?
>> I BELIEVE SOCIAL MEDIA TOOK
IT TO A NEW TRIBAL EF LEVEL AND
VIGILANTE.
SOCIAL MEDIA SOMEHOW ENHANCE
THOSE I THINK SFINGS IN US.
I BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A
CIVIL WAR.
HOPEFULLY SOMETHINGING WILL
HAPPEN BEFORE THEN WHERE WE GET
PERSPECTIVE.
NOBODY WANTS TO SEE A CIVIL WAR.
>> I WANT TO MENTION THE PEOPLE.
THIS IS A VERY FUNNY SHOW.
YOU AND I ARE HAVING WHAT SOUNDS
LIKE A VERY SERIOUS DISCUSSION
AND DEEP AND PHILOSOPHICAL R.
BUT IT'S A VERY, VERY FUNNY
SHOW.
>> THANKS.
IT'S FUNNY.
I MAKE SURE I GET LAUGHS ALL THE
WAY THROUGH OR I WOULD FEEL
UNCOMFORT CREDIBLE.
>> WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE
WILLING TO LAUGH IN SOME KAY
WAYS AT THEMSELVES.
>> THE HUMAN CONDITION.
I'M HAPPY WHEN SOMEBODY I DON'T
LIKE GETS TAKEN DOWN JUST LIKE
ANYBODY ELSE.
IT'S A HUMAN CONDITION.
I DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE THAT.
I WANT TO BE LIKE PEOPLE ARE
HAPPY WHEN OTHER PEOPLE GET
TAKEN DOWN, PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF.
EVERYBODY IS, YOU KNOW.
>> IS THE AUDIENCE IN NEW YORK,
DO THEY REACT DIFFERENTLY FROM
THE AUDIENCE IN OTHER PARTS OF
THE COUNTRY?
>> SURE.
THIS SHOW'S JUST BEEN IN NEW
YORK FOR THE MOST PART BUT I'VE
DONE VARIATIONS AND IN OTHER
PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, THEY'RE
VERY -- THEY'RE LIKE NEW YORK
ONLY FROM THEIR SIDE WHERE
THEY'RE LIKE, OKAY, WHERE'S THIS
GO.
LIKE WHEN PEOPLE SENSE YOU'RE
DISRESPECTING THEM IN NEW YORK
OR IN MISSOURI OR WHEREVER, THEY
STILL HAVE THE SAME, THEY'RE
STILL HUMAN BEINGS.
OKAY, WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.
>> YOU'VE GOT ONE PART OF THE
SHOW I THOUGHT WAS FASCINATING
WHERE YOU TALK ABOUT I'VE GOT A
SOLUTION HERE.
CITY STATES.
>> YEAH.
>> ANCIENT GREEK CITY STATES.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?
>> I MEAN CITY STATES BEING LIKE
SPARTA AND ATHENS.
THEY WERE BOTH GREECE BUT THEY
HAD NOTHING IN COMMON.
SPARTA WAS JOCKS AND ATHENS WAS
AN NERDS.
THEY WOULD ONLY GET TOGETHER
WHEN PERSIA INVADED.
OTHERWISE.
>> DO YOU THINK THAT'S WHAT WE
SHOULD BE?
>> YEAH.
>> DELINEATED HOW, BY GEOGRAPHY.
>> UNITED CITY STATES OF
AMERICA.
WELL DELINEATED BY MAYBE CITIES,
SUBURBS AND RURAL.
IT SEEMS MORE LIKE THAT'S THE
WAY IT IS.
IT'S NOT REALLY RED STATES BLUE
STATES.
CITIES, SUBURBAN RURAL HAVE
DIFFERENT MENTALITIES.
LIKE I SAY IN THE SHOW, IN A
REAL DEMOCRACY YOU SHOULD BE
ABLE TO LIVE IN A DICTATORSHIP
IF YOU WANT TO.
SOME PEOPLE WANT TO BE TOLD WHAT
TO DO AND MOVE FORWARD.
THERE'S DIFFERENT TYPES OF
PERSONALITIES OUT THERE.
>> WE MENTIONED AT THE BEGINNING
OF THE CONVERSATION HOW MUCH OF
HUMOR IS DERIVED FROM CONFLICT.
>> YEAH.
>> YET YOU WERE SAYING TO ME
JUST BEFORE WE WENT ON, I SAID
THERE'S A WEALTH OF MATERIAL OUT
THERE FOR COMICS NOW WITH ALL
THE CONFLICT GOING ON.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
>> YOU WERE SAYING YET WITH ALL
THAT OUT THERE, THERE'S BEEN A
CONTRACTION, SORT OF LIMITING
WHAT YOU ALL CAN BE TALKING
ABOUT.
>> OF COURSE.
NOW EVERYBODY'S KIND OF,
EVERYBODY'S ON HIGH ALERT ABOUT
EVERYTHING.
ESPECIALLY SINCE EVERYONE'S GOT
A TRAIL OF WHAT THEY'VE SAID
OVER THE YEARS.
NOW IT WAS LIKE DO I WANT THIS
TO GO OUT.
YOU'RE NOT JUST SPEAKING LIKE IN
THE OLD DAYS YOU WOULD SPEAK AT
A COMEDY CLUB AND YOU WOULD BE
THERE IN THAT MOMENT.
NOW HALF THOSE PEOPLE ARE THE
MEDIA.
THEY'RE THEIR OWN MEDIA.
EVERYBODY'S GOT A PHONE THAT CAN
RECORD TAPE YOU AND RECORD YOU.
SO IT'S LIKE YOU'RE PERFORMING
EVERY NIGHT TORE 100TV STATIONS.
YOU KNOW?
>> ARE YOU THINKING THAT
SOMETIMES?
ON STAGE?
>> YEAH, OF COURSE.
>> IS THERE A GOVERNOR IN YOUR
MIND SAYING SHOULD I BE SAYING
THIS RIGHT NOW?
>> OF COURSE.
I DON'T THINK IT'S ONLY HUMAN
NATURE TO GO ALL RIGHT, HERE IT
GOES.
THEN YOU STILL -- COMEDIANS WANT
TO GET THE LAUGHS.
WE SAID WHATEVER WE'RE GOING TO
SAY EVENTUALLY EVEN THOUGH WE
KNOW THIS IS A MISTAKE.
YOU WANT THAT LAUGH.
>> IT'S GOING TO GET ME A LAUGH.
YOU'RE ON STAGE FOR 80 MINUTES.
>> YEAH.
>> THERE'S NO PROMPTER UP THERE.
YOU DON'T HAVE NOTES IN YOUR
HAND.
>> RIGHT.
>> YOU'RE DONE I MENTIONED
"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE."
YOU'RE WORKING OFF A SCRIPT YOU
HELPED TO WRITE.
HOW DIFFICULT IS THAT FOR YOU IN
TERMS OF BEING A PERFORMER?
>> WORKING FOR 80 MINUTES BY
YOURSELF YOU MEAN?
>> YEAH.
>> I'M USED TO IT.
FOR STANDUPS IT'S LESS DIFFICULT
THAN ANYBODY ELSE.
WE'RE ALWAYS -- YOU'RE ALWAYS BY
YOURSELF ON STAGE.
WITH A CROWD FOR AT LEAST AN
HOUR.
THAT'S OUR LIFE.
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
THAT'S A STANDUP LIFE.
>> I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED ONE OF
THE VALUES, GREAT VALUES OF AN
COMEDY IS IT KIND OF HOLDS A
MIRROR UP TO US TO SOCIETY.
GIVE US A CHANCE TO LOOK AT
OURSELVES AND MAYBE BETTER
UNDERSTAND OURSELVES.
WHAT YOU'RE DOING NOW, "RED
STATE BLUE STATE" IS A MARVELOUS
CONSTITUENT FOR ALL OF US TO
HOLD A MIRROR UP WHILE WE'RE
LAUGHING.
>> INCLUDING MYSELF.
>> WHILE WE'RE LAUGHING BUT TO
HOLD THE MIRROR UP.
THAT'S PRETTY GOOD AND PRETTY
VALUABLE.
COLIN, ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU.
THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOOD LUCK
WITH THE SHOW.
>> THANK YOU.

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