20 Jan 2014
The 66th annual Writers Guild Awards' New York ceremony will be hosted by Emmy nominee Colin Quinn, according to Deadline.com.
The awards, held Feb. 1 simultaneously at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA, honor "outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories."
Quinn takes over NYC hosting duties from W. Kamau Bell, who withdrew due to unforeseen conflicts.
Deadline.com quotes Quinn as saying, "I'm proud to be hosting the award show for the only people in the business that are as bitter as comedians."
Quinn, a Drama Desk nominee, is currently touring his one-man show Colin Quinn Unconstitutional, which addresses 226 years of American Constitutional calamities in 70 minutes. The production played an extended run at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York.
Quinn's one-man show Sanctifying Grace began Off-Broadway and transferred to Broadway as Colin Quinn-An Irish Wake in 1998. His one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short, which played Broadway in 2010, received a Drama Desk nomination as well as an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO broadcast of the play.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.