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Colin Quinn's LONG STORY SHORT Directed by Jerry Seinfeld will Play the Helen Hayes


(And you thought the next empire to fall wouldn’t be midtown)





Former “Saturday Night Live” and Comedy Central star Colin Quinn will move his one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre for an 11-week limited engagement.  Preview performances begin on Friday, October 22nd and will officially open on Tuesday, November 9th.  The production will play through Saturday, January 8th. 

Comically channeling the demise of great world empires, Colin Quinn uses his “articulate brand of comedy” in taking audiences through an uproarious history of the world in 75 minutes.  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 toppled the world’s most powerful nations.  Colin Quinn Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us.

The New York Post says of this summer’s critically acclaimed Bleecker Street Theatre production that it’s “historical and hysterical.  While he dutifully traces his saga from the caveman era to the present, Quinn happens to be very, very funny.  Clearly benefited from Seinfeld's influence, with tight pacing and a procession of hilarious one-liners,” while NY1 says, “The humor is infused with plenty of witty insights...even wisdom. Quinn with his dry, understated Brooklynese has the perfect delivery for this razor sharp send-up of civilization. I only regret his history of the world in 75 minutes wasn't longer.”

Running 75-minutes without an intermission, the show is produced by Eva Price and Richard Martini.  Additional creative team members to be announced. The production previously played a successful engagement at the Bleecker Street Theatre from June 19th through September 4th. This marks Colin’s return to the Helen Hayes Theatre, previously starring in Colin Quinn – An Irish Wake in 1998.

The performance schedule will be as follows: Monday, Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. 

Ticket prices range from $59-$98 and are available through Telecharge (212-239-6200 or and at the Helen Hayes Theatre Box Office (located at 240 W. 44th, btwn Broadway and 8th).


COLIN QUINN – A native of Brooklyn, Colin Quinn began his comic career in New York as a regular on the comedy show circuit.  Colin made his television debut as co-host of MTV’s popular game show “Remote Control”.  Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late-night show, “Saturday Night Live” where he entertained audience for five seasons.  After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn”.  Colin’s first one-man show Sanctifying Grace, began off-Broadway in 1994 and was later produced as Colin Quinn – An Irish Wake and played at the Helen Hayes Theatre.  Last summer, Colin appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups”.

JERRY SEINFELD (Director) – is a comedian who resides in New York City with his wife and three children.

EVA PRICE (Producer) – Broadway: A Life In The Theatre, The Addams Family, Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Off Broadway and Touring:  The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Circumcise Me, Colin Quinn Long Story Short, Gershwin’s 'S WonderfulIrving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, The J.A.P Show: Jewish American Princesses of Comedy, Marga Gomez’ Los Big Names, Strega Nona The Musical, and Joy. Eva Price is the Executive Producer for Maximum Entertainment, a producing, developing, and general management company in NYC stretching across Broadway, Off-Broadway and the touring spectrum founded alongside Avram Freedberg and Mary Beth Dale.

RICHARD MARTINI (Producer) – has been involved as Producer or General Manager of over 70 shows in the last 30 years that have toured throughout the world.  Recent productions include Xanadu; All Shook Up; Some Like It Hot starring Tony Curtis; Fame, The Musical; Guys and Dolls; Dirty Blonde; Fully Committed; The Vagina Monologues; A Chorus Line and Forever Plaid.