Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn: Wikis


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Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
Format Comedy/Talk show
Created by Colin Quinn
Starring Colin Quinn
Nick DiPaolo
Greg Giraldo
Judy Gold
Jim Norton
Patrice Oneal
Keith Robinson
Rich Vos
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes +250
Executive producer(s) Colin Quinn
Liz Stanton
Ken Ober
Running time 21 minutes
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run March 10, 2003 (2003-03-10) – November 4, 2004 (2004-11-04)

Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn is a comedic talk show that aired on Comedy Central. The show featured roundtable discussions, inviting various guests of many views, mixing mostly comics/entertainers expressing themselves with journalists and political figures. Quinn's regular guests consisted mainly of Comedy Central affiliated comedians from the Comedy Cellar in New York City. It aired weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET, immediately following The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The show was similar in content to The Colin Quinn Show, Quinn's previous TV show.

In 2002, Tough Crowd debuted on Comedy Central with an eight-episode test series which ran Mondays through Thursdays from December 9 to December 19. The show was picked up in January 2003, and the regular series began its 21-week run on March 10, 2003. The show was placed on an "indefinite hiatus" in October 2004, with what was presumably its final episode airing the Thursday following Election Day in 2004.

The show featured Colin Quinn and four other comedian guests discussing current events and issues. The emphasis was on politics, current events and social issues. The show opened with a monologue by Quinn. Near the end there was usually a sketch of some sort, followed by each of the four guests doing a brief monologue on a particular topic that was discussed earlier in the episode.


Show format

The show was presented as an alternative, unpolished and more accessible political "round-table" discussion/shouting-match program in the manner of CNN's Crossfire, taking cue from Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect. Part of Quinn's approach made it a point not to edit out jokes that bombed, often leading to uncomfortable pauses which may have appeared awkward to the mainstream television audience.[citation needed]


Regular guests

These comedians were regularly rotated into the show's panels and were often paired together:

Frequent guests

These comedians made numerous appearances, with some serving as informal regulars:

Famous guests

These well-known comedians made only one or few appearances:

Series finale and epilogue

Jim Norton addressed the program's demise on his blog, where he mentioned that Comedy Central would send down notes to the show discouraging the predominate focus on political topics and discussions about race and ethnic issues. The network claimed this was only because they already had scripted/talk programming that addressed these issues, referring to the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Chappelle's Show, and warned that some of the views expressed on Tough Crowd did not appeal to the demographics at which Comedy Central's current business model was aimed.

The last show contained emotional monologues by Quinn, who attacked his detractors (such as The New York Times) as being hypocritical and elitist for their negative reviews. He also attempted to define "comedic integrity" as the ability to critique the hypocrisy of society, but to be real enough to admit that you are as guilty of it as anyone else. The implication was that many political comedians spend all their time criticizing society and others, but rarely themselves.

After placing Tough Crowd on hiatus, Comedy Central attempted to fill the vacant timeslot with various programs, including Too Late with Adam Carolla, The Graham Norton Effect, Wanda Does It, and repeats of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Chappelle's Show, and Stella – all of which were met with the same limited success "Tough Crowd" had experienced. Comedy Central eventually found success in the 11:30 PM time slot with The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert's scripted spin-off of the very popular "Daily Show" and an ironic send-up of "fair and balanced" political talk shows and the conservative values that "Tough Crowd" once advocated.


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