Popular SNL/Comedy Central Performer Colin Quinn to Bring his Stand-Up Comedy to UB's CFA

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: September 10, 2004 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Colin Quinn at 8 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. The performance is sponsored by the undergraduate Student Association.

Brooklyn-born Colin Quinn began his career in show business 14 years ago as a stand-up comic. His brash, tell-it-like-it-is act quickly attracted notice and led to several roles in feature films including "Married to the Mob" and "Crocodile Dundee II," as well as his television debut in 1987 on MTV's Remote Patrol, where he served as co-host of the hit game show for three seasons.

In 1995 Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late night show, "Saturday Night Live" where he entertained audiences for six seasons with unforgettable characters such as "Lenny the Lion" and "Joe Blow," the recurring segment "Colin Quinn Explains The New York Times," and his remarkable impersonation of Robert DeNiro. Most notably, Quinn was the anchor of "Weekend Update" for two-and-a-half seasons.

While still on SNL Colin Quinn made his Broadway debut in August 1998 in the critically acclaimed one-man show titled, "Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake," which he co-wrote with Bobby Spillane.

After leaving "Saturday Night Live," Quinn went back to his stand-up roots performing across the country while also writing several screenplays. He starred in NBC's "The Colin Quinn Show" and appeared last summer in the Comedy Central faux-reality series "Contest Searchlight" starring Denis Leary. Additionally, Quinn was featured in the documentary film "Comedian" with his good friend, Jerry Seinfeld.

He is currently tackling societal issues on "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," his own late-night series on Comedy Central.

Tickets for Colin Quinn are $27, or $20 for UB students with ID at the Center for the Arts Box Office. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a Ticketfast location.