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Quinn, Colin - Long Story Short [Blu-ray] (2010)

Colin Quinn  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Quinn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Taped before a live audience at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York City, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short showcases the comedian's keen observations in the uproarious history of the world, juxtaposing modern-day human behaviour with the rise and fall of empires. 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 have toppled the world's most powerful nations.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
To seriously date myself, I have been watching Colin Quinn since the mid-eighties when he was the announcer/sidekick on MTV's inspired pop culture game show "Remote Control." In truth, while I like Quinn fine, I've never been a particularly enthusiastic fan. His irascible persona has served him well in stand-up and TV shows (Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Colin Quinn Show) and suitably on "Saturday Night Live," but he's never had the cross over success of fellow "Remote Control" alum Adam Sandler. It was of great interest to me, however, when it was announced that Jerry Seinfeld was backing and directing Quinn in a one man stage show. "Colin Quinn--Long Story Short" is a 2010 filmed presentation of that show performed at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater, originally broadcast on HBO. The show's hook is that it is a satirical look at the history of the world in 75 minutes. Tying modern day phenomenon to ancient civilizations, Quinn journeys through different cultures and eras for a fitfully funny and surprisingly smart engagement.

To be fair, I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch this presentation. But Quinn acquits himself well in a routine that is thought provoking and insightful. This is NOT a stand-up comedy special. Those looking for traditional jokes might need to look elsewhere. This is an intricately constructed piece that is as much about history as it is about any punchline. While not always as laugh-out-loud funny as you might hope, it more than compensates by its ambition and scope. I've never given much thought to Quinn as an intellectual, but the sophistication in this piece has made me reevaluate that opinion.

Not all of the night's themes are particularly new to comedic interpretation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FALL OFF THE COUCH FUNNY December 6, 2011
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My wife talked me into seeing this when he came to philly. i wasn't too sure but i'm glad i did. it took about 5 minutes to get going but when he did it just took off. my only regret is that i didnt bring paper and a pen to write down all the jokes that i wanted to repeat later to friends and family. i cant wait to get this in the mail so i can see it all over again
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Story Short by Colin Quinn January 4, 2012
By Sheilah
Written and performed by Colin Quinn. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld. This show was so well done and so funny, I saw it Live twice at Bleeker St. Theatre. It was so well received it moved uptown to Helen Hayes Theatre in Times Square where I saw it again. Hilarious view of civilization. Highly recommend. Deserves a Tony, if there is a Comedy category. Glad it was made into a DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience history like never before! December 8, 2011
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This is a hilarious, smart summary of the history of the world. Colin Quinn is largely accurate (I did notice a historical error on the Latin America piece) and wholly entertaining. I only wish there was an edited version I could show my world history students, as the curse words are free flowing. I can watch this repeatedly and still laugh heartily at Quinn's performance. I HIGHLY recommend this product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance from CQ October 12, 2012
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Colin takes us through history using wit and humor to shine a light on the similarities between "now" and "then". Wish I could have seen it live and in person as the audience was really into the performance. Makes me miss Tough Crowd, a lot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Story Short colin quinn January 16, 2012
By tabby
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Colin Quinn's Long Story Short blu-ray is excellent, intelligent and very funny (true pathos). Would recommend for anyone who needs relief from the info-age and news of 2012.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best History lessen ever January 12, 2013
By Zelda
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This dvd of Colin Quinns NY show is the best history lesson since Eddie Izzards do you have a flag youtube sensation. I found Mr. Quinn' s explanation of world history so funny I bought 6 copies as Christmas gifts for my family. They also loved it. Funny, and smart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes the history of mankind is a joke December 12, 2012
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You didn't get it?
You will if you hear Colin Quinn. Don't be left in the dark.
It's a shame you spent all those hours studying world history when
you could have gotten the gist of the whole thing with Colin. It's more fun too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best History Professor You Never Had
One time, I was getting into a cab in New York City and Colin Quinn came lumbering down the street in a long grey trenchcoat, smiling and saying hi to those who greeted him. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Nicholas Tambakeras
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good humor and an easy way to understand how civilizations came to be.
Published 5 days ago by Paige L. Rathbone
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, time travel in a DVD
This was a fun look at human history. With all humor there is that serious look though at the human condition. This was well done and thought provoking.
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance
This show is hilarious and intelligent . It appeals to the history buff in me. I first saw it on HBO and HAD to own it!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joan G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinkers' Comedian
I think this guy is a genius! WHERE has he BEEN all this time???!!!
Colin Quinn wrote the whole show and manages to poke fun at everyone without being cruel - hard for some... Read more
Published 5 months ago by barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically educational!!!
Great DVD. Gotta love Colin Quinn. He makes history fun. Add Jerry Seinfeld to the mix and it's the perfect formula!!!
Published 6 months ago by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
One of the best comics out today! Great interpretation of world history... A subject I otherwise wouldn't give a care about!
Published 6 months ago by Erock Army
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This special is really funny! I enjoyed it. I think his metaphors for history & empires are so entertaining. Filler
Published 7 months ago by chelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A thinking mans comic
where has CQ been since his mtv days? where ever it was i'm glad he's back! a brilliant, comedic world view.
Published 8 months ago by K. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Long story shot--too late
Colin Quinn's Long Story Short is spectacularly funny. His wit on our history is extremely well said and can't help but make you go "Yeah...thats what happened. Read more
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