I wrote for Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" for 2 years, these are a few of my sketches.
As Rich Vos threatened to become
Tough Crowd's first breakout star (thanks to Last Comic Standing), this
parody of The Untouchables "team" scene felt appropriate.
makeup/wardrobe and set people really kicked ass. Colin was perfect as
deNiro, and Nick diPaolo, Jim Norton, Greg Giraldo, Rich Vos and Keith
Robinson looked exactly like gangsters.
of Kid Quinn
Colin reads from his new
children's book, The Misadventures of Kid Quinn
, only to find out
the publisher went PC on the facts.
A mother of one of our child
actors pulled her kid out of the show when she got a copy of the script.
I say you're never too young to learn about trannies.
Colin teaches Jim Norton how to
behave like a gentleman.
Props to head writer Ken Ober, for
riffing the best line during read-through. "As long as I have a face,
you'll always have..." etc.
Jim Norton is a great comic actor-
he never tries to look cool. The girl, comic Shauna Lane, did a
wonderful job of matching Jim's energy even though she had virtually no
This Full Metal Jacket parody
starred Colin as drill instructor Hartman, and Jim Norton, Greg Giraldo
and Rich Vos as Iraqi Army recruits. They all did a great job.
Colin sits down with two of our
biggest deities, God and Allah, to get their perspective on the Middle
We could not get a Muslim actor to play Allah, but the
Italian guy who did was awesome.This one didn't kill in the studio, but
Colin told me he was really proud of it. That was good enough for me.
With the help of an Indian
immigrant, Colin gives the United States Citizenship test to Patrice,
Keith and Jim. This is classic Tough Crowd- all the elements are in
place, then it completely derails.
Colin explains that the world is a
soap opera, and America is its Erica Kane.
This was a monitor
piece, written by me and Bryan Tucker. (He's at SNL now!) The
illustrations were great.
Mary Fitzgerald, Bruce Cherry and
I wrote this roast for Yassir Arafat, who was retiring from the PLO.
Colin was Yassir, and Greg, Patrice, Dom Irerra and Lewis Black were the
Bruce wrote for Air America, and Mary is writing for CougarTown.