Off broadway's newest comedy pair | EW.com

News

Off broadway's newest comedy pair

Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn's new stage project

Jerry Seinfeld and former SNL player Colin Quinn have been friends for decades. And every few weeks, the pair meet at NYC’s Brooklyn Diner to chew on breakfast — and the comedy biz. Recently, their discussion turned to Colin Quinn Long Story Short, the 51-year-old comic’s one-man, 75-minute history of the civilizations. Seinfeld, 56, is making his stage-directing debut on the show, which plays at Off Broadway’s Bleecker Street Theatre through Aug. 13.

Jerry On How He Met Colin

”New York in the ’80s. I was there, he was there. That’s my answer to everything.”

Colin On His Pitch

”Every time I pitched this to people, they’d frown, and I’d be like, ‘No, it’s funny!’ The show’s about the history of the empires, but it’s funny — I swear! I look at cultural, ethnic, and behavioral things that happened over the years, from the cavemen to now.”

Jerry On Colin’s Pitch

”What if a really funny guy told the story of human civilization in 75 minutes? Which is what he does. A lot of it is just for fun, but a lot of it hits on some rich veins of truth. It’s like a funny bit, but then you think about it afterwards. He can tell you the difference between the Portuguese and the Pakistani, and he’ll break it down to a very simple Queens pizza-place metaphor.”

Colin On Jerry Directing

”You need a name to be on it or reviewers are not going to review it. When I saw that it said ‘Directed by Jerry Seinfeld’ on the poster, I was like, ‘That’s cool!”’

Jerry On Being a First-Time Director

”It’s one guy on stage, so I know that. I know exactly the rhythms of it, how it should flow, where we need a chapter, where we need punctuation. You’ll feel like you’re seeing a great stand-up comedian, but instead of doing an act that rambles around, he’s telling you a story.”

Colin on Theater Versus Stand-Up

”People listen more in theater. You can’t bulls – - by.”