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Powell's Books Presents Colin Quinn
In Colin Quinn's new book, OVERSTATED: A COAST-TO-COAST ROAST OF THE 50 STATES (St. Martin’s), the comedian, social commentator, and creator and star of the one-man Broadway show, Red State Blue State, and the Netflix special, Unconstitutional, tackles the condition of our union today. The United States is in a 50-states-wide couples’ counseling session, thinking about filing for divorce. But is that really what we want? Can a nation composed of states that are so different possibly hang together? Quinn identifies the hypocrisies inherent in what we claim to believe and what we actually do. Within a framework of big-picture thinking about systems of government — after all, how would you put this country together if you started from scratch today? — to dead-on observations about the quirks and vibes of the citizens in each region, OVERSTATED skewers us all: red, blue, and purple. Quinn’s book is ultimately infused with the same blend of optimism and practicality that sparked the U.S. into being.

Oct 1, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Colin Quinn
Colin Quinn has become one of the most beloved comedic voices with both fans and critics alike. His national standup tour, The Wrong Side of History, followed his one-man show, Red State Blue State, which premiered in January 2019 to rave reviews. The New Yorker lauded the hour as “among Quinn’s funniest so far” and The New York Times described Quinn as a “barstool philosopher.” The show aired on CNN as the network’s first comedy special in May 2019. Red State Blue State followed off-Broadway runs of Colin Quinn: The New York Story, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, which garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination. Quinn appeared in the hit HBO series Girls, as well as the feature film Trainwreck alongside Amy Schumer. He is also known for his run hosting “Weekend Update” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and as host of Comedy Central’s series Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.