COLIN QUINN: RED STATE BLUE STATE
Colin Quinn is a blue-collar comedian who has made a career of seeming like an everyman. His background is Irish Catholic. His accent is New York. His clothes are unflashy. And, although he doesn’t drink anymore, he looks like he’s been in a bar fight or two.
The comedy-philosopher’s new comedy special gives a focus to the two Americans that are red state conservatives and blue state liberals, and suggest it might be time to split up.
Quinn dissects the human experience running through work, family, technology, power, relationships and what we like and what we want. ‘In a few years, it’s just going to be Jeff Bezos in our house on everything, whether it’s on or off. He’ll send us a pair of pajamas and say “put these on. Outside is over. Everything is inside now.” And what about fresh air? He’ll say, “How many canisters of fresh air do you want?” ‘
His rapid fire delivery builds a case more than sets up jokes. But there are punchlines. ‘Maybe we should just admit we had a good run and go out gracefully. We were dropped down here naked in a world of SUV-sized tigers and we conquered it all with just our minds and our disposable thumbs to make weapons. ‘These,’ he says displaying them out proudly, ‘helped us to survive. And now…’ he hunches his back over and moves his thumbs into texting position. ‘Ironically they’re going to destroy us.’
Quinn is old enough to have some perspective and smart enough to know his history. ‘America is more tribal than 18th century Afghanistan.’
A Dutch audience might not understand every reference that flies by (Dave and Busters is a bigger, less cool TonTon Club meets Gamestate. Six Flags is a teenager-focused amusement park like Walibi), but it is interesting for those with an interest in America. Most unusually, you can appreciate the show no matter what your politics is. That itself might be an argument for how America might stay together.