Colin Quinn Long Story Short, the former "SNL" cast member's solo comedy about the rise and fall of the world's greatest empires, makes its television debut April 9 on HBO at 10 PM ET.
Encore airings are scheduled for April 14 at 12:05 AM, April 18 at 10:05 PM, April 22 at midnight, April 23 at 4:30 PM and April 26 at 12:40 AM.
The cable network filmed Long Story Short in front of a live audience this past February at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre. The 75-minute work, directed by Golden Globe Award-winning comedian Jerry Seinfeld, arrived on Broadway Oct. 22, 2010. It concluded its extended run March 5.
The HBO special is produced by Moffitt-Lee Productions in association with Brillstein Entertainment and CQE, Inc.; executive producers, Colin Quinn, Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Stern, Sandy Wernick; producers, Pat Tourk Lee and John Moffitt; director, John Moffitt.
According to producers, "Comically channeling the demise of great world empires, Colin Quinn uses his 'articulate brand of comedy' in taking audiences through an uproarious history of the world in 75 minutes. From his personification of Caesar as the original Italian mobster to his complaints about Ancient Greece and Antigone giving way to Costco and Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world’s most powerful nations. Colin Quinn Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us."
Quinn began as a writer on "SNL" in 1995 and was a featured player on the late-night show through 1998, when he became a full-time cast member. He departed "SNL" in 2000. He made his Broadway debut with Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake in 1998.