Colin Quinn, who hosts the "Weekend Update" segment of NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" comedy show, finishes up his limited-run, Broadway debut Sept. 19 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. His one-man show, Colin Quinn -- An Irish Wake, started previews Aug. 25 and opened Aug. 27 for a total run of 2 previews and 22 regular performances.
In Colin Quinn -- An Irish Wake, Quinn impersonates the inhabitants of his Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1970s, as they deal with the death of neighborhood legend, Jackie Ryan.
Written by Quinn and Lou DiMaggio, the show was workshopped at NY's Irish Arts Center in 1994 under the title Sanctifying Grace. Before joining "SNL," Quinn appeared as the sidekick announcer on MTV's "Remote Control." Since joining "SNL" in 1996 his characters have included "Joe Blow," a resentful blue-collar commentator, and Lenny the Lion. He also released the novelty rap single (made into an MTV video) titled "Goin' Back to Brooklyn," a parody of LL Cool J's "Goin' Back to Cali."
Originally a standup comedian, Quinn has appeared in four films, Who's the Man? (1993) and Married to the Mob (1988), plus bit parts in Three Men and a Baby (1987) and Crocodile Dundee II (1988). He also appeared on the TV series "2 Hip 4 TV" in 1988.
Quinn is not the first "Saturday Night Live" veteran to take to the stage. Chevy Chase, John Belushi and Bill Murray emerged from Los Angeles' Groundlings improv company. Martin Short and Gilda Radner appeared together in a Toronto company of Godspell before they were Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Garrett Morris was a member of the original company of Broadway's Ain't Supposed To Die a Natural Death. Here is a partial list of "SNL" alumni and their stage projects. All shows are Broadway unless otherwise noted:
Gilda Radner -- Gilda Live
Martin Short -- The Goodbye Girl and the forthcoming Little Me
Denny Dillon -- My One and Only and Off-Broadway's Clue: The Musical
Joe Piscopo -- Grease!
Danitra Vance -- The Colored Museum Off-Broadway
Christine Ebersole -- The Three Sisters Off-Broadway
Julia Sweeney -- God Said, 'Ha!'
For tickets and information on Colin Quinn - An Irish Wake call (212) 239-6200.