Colin Quinn - "Overstated: A Coast-To-Coast Roast of the 50 States" - Virtual Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn will discuss Overstated: A Coast-To-Coast Roast of the 50 States. He will be joined in conversation by David Spade.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event



About the book: The United States is in a fifty-states-wide couples’ counseling session, thinking about filing for divorce. But is that really what we want? Can a nation composed of states that are so different possibly hang together? Colin Quinn, comedian, social commentator, and writer and star of Red State Blue State and Unconstitutional, calls us out state-by-state, from Connecticut to Hawaii. He identifies the hypocrisies inherent in what we claim to believe and what we actually do. Within a framework of big-picture thinking about systems of government—after all, how would you put this country together if you started from scratch today?—to dead-on observations about the quirks and vibes of the citizens in each region, Overstated skewers us all: red, blue, and purple. It’s ultimately infused with the same blend of optimism and practicality that sparked the U.S. into being.

About the author: Colin Quinn is a stand-up comedian, writer, and performer whose thirty-year broadcast career has included stints on Saturday Night Live as the "Weekend Update" anchor, appearances on every cable comedy showcase and network talk show you can think of, including his own eponymous late-night show, and guest-starring roles in a wide swath of television shows and movies, including The Larry Sanders Show and Inside Amy Schumer. His specials Unconstitutional (2013) and The New York Story (2015, directed by Jerry Seinfeld) are available on Netflix, as is his one-man show Red State, Blue State (2019), which premiered to rave reviews in New York. The special was adapted into CNN’s first comedy special in May 2019 and started streaming on Netflix in August 2019.

About the interlocutor: Emmy-awarding winning actor and comedian David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Most recently, Spade starred in the Netflix original comedy, The Wrong Missy. In July 2019, Spade began hosting a late-night series Lights Out with David Spade on Comedy Central. Spade has signed on to star in Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman’s half-hour comedy which is currently in development at HBO. In March 2019, Spade released A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World. Spade was also seen in the Netflix original comedy, Father of the Year. In 2015, Spade reprised his role as Joe Dirt in the sequel to the cult classic, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. Spade was also seen in Sony Pictures’s Grown Ups 2. Spade can be heard as the voice of Griffin the Invisible Man in the animated feature, Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. On the small screen, Spade starred in the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement. He also appeared in The Showbiz Show for Comedy Central, which aired from 2005-2007. Spade is the author of New York TImes bestselling memoir, Almost Interesting.

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