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Colin Quinn: Long Story Short [Blu-ray]

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Product Details

  • Format: AC-3, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Video Service Corp.
  • Release Date: Nov. 29 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,614 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Quinn Scores With A Satiric Romp Through The Ages--A One Man Show, Not Stand-Up Comedy Oct. 13 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
To seriously date myself, I have been watching Colin Quinn since the mid-eighties when he was the announcer/sidekick on MTV's inspired pop culture game show "Remote Control." In truth, while I like Quinn fine, I've never been a particularly enthusiastic fan. His irascible persona has served him well in stand-up and TV shows (Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Colin Quinn Show) and suitably on "Saturday Night Live," but he's never had the cross over success of fellow "Remote Control" alum Adam Sandler. It was of great interest to me, however, when it was announced that Jerry Seinfeld was backing and directing Quinn in a one man stage show. "Colin Quinn--Long Story Short" is a 2010 filmed presentation of that show performed at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater, originally broadcast on HBO. The show's hook is that it is a satirical look at the history of the world in 75 minutes. Tying modern day phenomenon to ancient civilizations, Quinn journeys through different cultures and eras for a fitfully funny and surprisingly smart engagement.

To be fair, I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch this presentation. But Quinn acquits himself well in a routine that is thought provoking and insightful. This is NOT a stand-up comedy special. Those looking for traditional jokes might need to look elsewhere. This is an intricately constructed piece that is as much about history as it is about any punchline. While not always as laugh-out-loud funny as you might hope, it more than compensates by its ambition and scope. I've never given much thought to Quinn as an intellectual, but the sophistication in this piece has made me reevaluate that opinion.

Not all of the night's themes are particularly new to comedic interpretation. The main point seems to be that humans are their own worst enemies. Seeking proclaimed enlightenment, our follies and foibles lead us down the path to destruction every time. And history repeats--no matter the time or place. Some of the funniest bits have to do with frustrations in contemporary society as people relate to one another at the ATM or in an elevator. But Quinn is adept at relating the idiocies of the present to those of the past. He takes us through the historical settings of the ancient Greeks and Romans, through to the British Empire, all the way up to the Jersey Shore with lots of stops on the way. I absolutely loved Quinn's premise here. For sure, the material was a bit uneven (some even too expected)--but the success far outweighs any drawbacks. Smart and literate, this satiric romp through the ages is absolutely recommended to those who know what to expect. Once again, this is NOT stand-up but a fully realized one man show which is both funny and brainy--a winning combination. About 4 1/2 stars. KGHarris, 10/11.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Long Story Short by Colin Quinn Jan. 4 2012
By Sheilah - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Written and performed by Colin Quinn. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld. This show was so well done and so funny, I saw it Live twice at Bleeker St. Theatre. It was so well received it moved uptown to Helen Hayes Theatre in Times Square where I saw it again. Hilarious view of civilization. Highly recommend. Deserves a Tony, if there is a Comedy category. Glad it was made into a DVD.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By LEEDERDEE - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My wife talked me into seeing this when he came to philly. i wasn't too sure but i'm glad i did. it took about 5 minutes to get going but when he did it just took off. my only regret is that i didnt bring paper and a pen to write down all the jokes that i wanted to repeat later to friends and family. i cant wait to get this in the mail so i can see it all over again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Experience history like never before! Dec 8 2011
By A. Perez - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a hilarious, smart summary of the history of the world. Colin Quinn is largely accurate (I did notice a historical error on the Latin America piece) and wholly entertaining. I only wish there was an edited version I could show my world history students, as the curse words are free flowing. I can watch this repeatedly and still laugh heartily at Quinn's performance. I HIGHLY recommend this product!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brilliance from CQ Oct. 12 2012
By Tough Crowd of One - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Colin takes us through history using wit and humor to shine a light on the similarities between "now" and "then". Wish I could have seen it live and in person as the audience was really into the performance. Makes me miss Tough Crowd, a lot.

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