At the Colonial Theatre: 'Unconstitutional' star Quinn just trying to ruin people's day on Twitter


Colin Quinn doesn't tend to hold much back.

"Is working a theater better than working a club?" Quinn asked rhetorically. "Oh my God! Theater is so much better. In a club, you have people facing each other. They have to talk! They have to talk to their dates, they have to talk to their waitresses. If they don't talk to their waitressess, they don't get their drinks. It's an ADD gig. I still do it, but it drives me crazy sometimes.

"In a theater," he continued. "the seats face the stage. [The audience is] looking at you and waiting to hear your next joke. It's really a lot better."

Quinn is best known for his stint on "Saturday Night Live" from 1995-2000. But he has appeared in a number of feature films, and recently was the star of a successful Broadway show, "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short."

Sunday night's show at the Colonial is Quinn's latest foray, titled "Unconstitutional." The one-man show that compares the United States of America in Colonial times to the modern day. In a comedic way, of course.

"It's basically about the Constitution," he said. "It stuns me that nobody in this country can agree about anything. Except that they love the Constitution. The people on the Left love the Constitution, the people on the Right love it. It's amazing."

Quinn, by the way, has researched the document, and has even read it.

"Come on," he said. "Of course I read it! It's four freakin' pages long! How tough can it be?

"I was actually kind of surprised it was so short," he said.

He prefers these type of themed shows to basic standup.

"I have more to talk about," he said. "It's better because there's a theme. There's a thread and I think the audience can follow it better."

Quinn said he was excited to be working in Pittsfield on Sunday.

"This is almost where the country started," he said. "Shay's Rebellion was in Sheffield, which is just south of there. This is kind of where a lot of this started."

Quinn laughed when reminded of his Twitter feed, which is legendary among comedians. Essentially, Quinn's tweets might best be described as provocative. But even Quinn admits they're not particularly insightful.

"I'm just kind of trying to ruin people's day," he said with a laugh. "I make fun of things and then I sit back and let people say what they will. Usually, the people I'm making fun of get it. Everybody else gets [angry]."

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