“The right sees only the positive, and the left only sees the negative,” says Colin Quinn, pacing the stage in his sixth one-man show, Red State Blue State.
In his 2013 one-man show, Unconstitutional, the Brooklyn, New York, native declared, “I’m pro-gay marriage, pro-gun, pro-death penalty and pro-choice.”
In Red State —directed by Bobby Moresco and running at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City through March 16—Quinn, 59, maneuvers more strategically around hot-button issues (including free speech, sex and the impending American civil war that will result in the world’s first “fat refugees”) while still offering ammunition for liberals on high alert for false equivalencies.
“What I’m saying is that there are two sides to every argument,” Quinn tells Newsweek.
It’s worth noting, however, that Quinn’s brief, brutal takedown of President Donald Trump, “a compulsively tweeting totalitarian psychopath,” gets the most laughs in the new show.
Quinn is frankly shocked that there are still only two American parties.
“Judd’s allowed to think whatever he wants,” says Quinn, who has guest-starred on Apatow’s HBO show, Crashing.
But to Quinn, the whole point of comedy is “to look at the culture and say what’s wrong with it.
But he is also notably more careful than he was in his 2015 show, the Jerry Seinfeld-directed The New York Story, which featured Quinn’s take on every ethnic group he’d encountered in the city.
Quinn started in 1984—coming up with, among other stand-up comics, Janeane Garofalo—so he gets the pushback against “brutish” comedy.
“Bobby Moresco, my [Red State] director, is always like, ‘Will you just pause and let people hear what you have to say?
By the show’s end, Quinn is proposing that America break up into city-states designed around ideology—lawless, gun-carrying havens for conservatives and progressive safe spaces for liberals, where all the coffee is sustainable and “the cops pull you over for cultural appropriation.”
Red State, Blue State is running through March 16 at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City.
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