Comedian Colin Quinn on divided America: “USSR broke up. Why can't we break up?”


Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum Colin Quinn is going after everyone—Democrats, Republicans, independents and the “fastest typists” on Twitter, in his new one-man show “Red State Blue State,” now playing at New York’s Minetta Lane Theatre. Quinn joined Salon’s Dean Obeidallah on “Salon Talks” to discuss why divided America’s musings on Twitter is both comedic gold and horrible for comedians.

“There's no room for any ambiguity or contradictory,” Quinn said about politics in America today. “You're either in lock-step, you're either 100 percent down the line with everything liberals or conservatives believe, or you're not part of that. That's the way it is. That's weird to me.”

In “Red State Blue State,” Quinn actually proposes a solution for America’s fighting: dividing the country into nation-states. On the other hand, Quinn believes there are independents among us, but they’re just not fit for today’s discourse that amplifies the loudest voices online. “They're not so focused. They're not the zealots that are out there every day going, ‘Listen to what I'm saying. I'm right. I'm right. I'm right.’” he said.

Another focus of Quinn’s new show is social media, which he calls “just everybody in each other's face.” And, according to Quinn, it’s had a big impact on political correctness and comedians. “Things offend me. Comedians offend me. Who gets to decide what's racist? The mob basically. That's the way it is.”

“Red State Blue State,” produced by Audible, Mike Lavoie, Carlee Briglia and Brian Stern, and directed by Bobby Moresco. The show is playing at Minetta Lane Theatre in New York until March 3. Learn more here.. Watch the episode above to hear how Quinn felt when he met Monica Lewinsky after writing Weekend Update jokes about her in the 1990s when he was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.”


SalonTV host Dean Obeidallah is also the host of the daily national SiriusXM radio program, "The Dean Obeidallah Show" on the network's progressive political channel. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


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