CNN is pulling some funny business with Colin Quinn.
The cable network has set “Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State,” as its first-ever comedy special. Written by and starring the stand-up comedian, the event is an-hour long presentation of Quinn’s Off-Broadway show of the same name that ran in New York earlier this year. “Red State Blue State” tackles “the absurdities, hypocrisies and calamities on both sides of the political divide.”
“We are always looking for new ways to engage our viewers by exploring the issues that are most important to them,” Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide’s EVP for Talent & Content Development, said. “Colin Quinn’s show is a smart political satire that speaks to what is dividing our country.”
“Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State” is directed by Bobby Moresco with Tony Hernandez, Brian Stern, Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox serving as executive producers.
Here’s Quinn’s bio, per CNN:
Colin Quinn is a stand-up comedian from Brooklyn (okay, Park Slope). From MTV’s “Remote Control” to “SNL” to Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” Mr. Quinn is not one to take a hint and bow out gracefully. He’s been on Broadway with “Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake” and “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short” (also an HBO special) and Off-Broadway with his show “Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional” (available on Netflix) and most recently “Colin Quinn: The New York Story,” directed by Jerry Seinfeld (also available on Netflix). Additional credits include “Trainwreck,” “Girls,” and his web series “Cop Show.” His first and last book, “The Coloring Book,” is now out from Grand Central Publishing. In January 2019, Quinn premiered his newest one-man show, “Red State Blue State,” to rave reviews at The Minetta Lane Theatre in New York.
“Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State” will premiere on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at 9/8c on CNN.