A few months ago, I saw Colin Quinn work out his newest one-man show, an hour-plus in which he laid out evidence of how America might be past its peak as the global superpower, in a way that makes you think about how past empires, and not just the Romans, rose and then fell. And Quinn managed to do somehow include The Three Stooges in all of this. He called it, "The Fall of it All." Don't worry, Quinn told the audience: "It's not all depressing and boring."
Jerry Seinfeld was convinced of that. Seinfeld came on board as Quinn's director, and with a new title, Long Story Short, Quinn has taken his show for a limited run this summer at the Bleecker Street Theatre, through Aug. 14.
Here the two good fellas, previously seen a decade ago talking comedy in the Olive Tree Cafe for Seinfeld's documentary, Comedian, now talking about Quinn's new show:
Here is Seinfeld explaining Quinn's message:
And if you're the kind of person who would like to see a brief example of what the show is about, then watch this clip in which Quinn shows us the difference between colonialism and imperialism based on how they might show up at a pizza joint. Roll it!