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Taking on Founding Fathers, Colin Quinn-style

Colin Quinn will tackle 226 years of American Constitutional calamities when the Center for the Arts presents his stage show, Unconstitutional, May 1 in Grass Valley.

Quinn offers his unique comedic perspective on national character in Unconstitutional.

From predator drones to the Kardashians, he pulls no punches in asking if this is what the Founding Fathers planned.

A native of Brooklyn, Quinn began his stand-up career in New York as a regular on the comedy club circuit. He made his television debut as co-host of MTV’s popular game show, “Remote Control.”

In 1995, Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late night show “Saturday Night Live,” where he entertained audiences for five seasons with his writing and unforgettable characters before stepping in as anchor for SNL’s popular “Weekend Update” segment.

After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” serving as the show’s host, creator and executive producer, from 2002 – 2004.

In addition to his television work, Quinn wrote the screenplay for the movie “Celtic Pride” and has appeared in many films, including: “A Night at the Roxbury,” “Comedian,” and Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.”

Quinn’s first one-man show, Sanctifying Grace, began Off-Broadway in 1994 and was later produced as “Colin Quinn — An Irish Wake” and played at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

In 2010, he returned to the Helen Hayes Theatre and starred in the hit Broadway show, “Colin Quinn Long Story Short.” Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, the show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for an Emmy as an HBO special in 2011.

In 2012, Quinn starred opposite Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in Sony’s “Donny’s Boy.”

Tickets to his 8 p.m. May 1 show are $35 for members of the Center and $40 for the general public. They are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at or at BriarPatch Co-op.

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