Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

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Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
Created by Colin Quinn
Starring Colin Quinn
Nick DiPaolo
Greg Giraldo
Judy Gold
Jim Norton
Patrice O'Neal
Keith Robinson
Rich Vos
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 200+
Production
Executive producer(s) Colin Quinn
Liz Stanton
Ken Ober
Running time 21 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run December 9, 2002 (2002-12-09)  – November 4, 2004 (2004-11-04)

Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn was a comedic talk show which aired on Comedy Central from 2002 to 2004. The show featured host Colin Quinn and a panel of comedian guests, discussing politics, current events, and social issues.

Show history and format[edit]

In 2002, comedian Colin Quinn was given his own show on NBC, titled The Colin Quinn Show, which was broadcast live from the Saturday Night Live soundstage in New York City. There were three 30-minute episodes, which aired on Mondays at 9:30 p.m., from March 11, 2002 to March 25, 2002. Although NBC chose not to continue with the show, Quinn took a similarly-themed show to Comedy Central later on that year. On December 9, 2002, Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn debuted on Comedy Central with an eight-episode test series, which ran Mondays through Thursdays, until December 19, 2002. The show was picked up in January 2003, and the regular series began its 21-week run on March 10, 2003. The show aired weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET, immediately following The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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. The guests on the panel were usually comedians who had been given topics in advance on which to prepare material. Quinn's regular guests consisted mainly of Comedy Central affiliated comedians from the Comedy Cellar comedy club in New York City.[1] The club was renowned for its postperformance roundtable discussions with comedians in the audience about political issues. These exchanges were the inspiration for Tough Crowd.[2]

The show would open with a monologue by Quinn. Quinn would then stand in front of a pool table, or sit on the edge of it, very often sipping coffee, eating or perusing through a newspaper. Usually, there were four comedians as guests, however, in some episodes there were five comedians, and on very rare occasions, only three comedians. On the episodes which featured five comedians, four of them would be seated in chairs, as was the normal fashion, while the fifth comedian would sit off to the side, on a bench. Whenever one of the four in the chairs told a joke that didn't get a laugh, Quinn would banish that comedian over to the bench, and replace him with the person who was previously on the bench. Quinn would introduce current events that were going on in the news, and would moderate (or attempt to moderate, sometimes futilely) the discussion. Most of the show was the comedians discussing these topics. Near the end of each episode, there was usually a sketch of some sort, followed by each of the guests doing a brief monologue on a particular topic that was discussed earlier in the episode.

Many of the comedians were also close friends, and mutually making fun of each other was a large part of the show. Part of Quinn's highly unusual approach was not to edit out jokes which fell flat, often leading to uncomfortable pauses, which were enjoyed by fans of the Cringe comedy style, but which may have appeared awkward to the mainstream television audience. Quinn also reprimanded guests who attempted to gain cheap applause from the audience.[3] For example, if a comedian made a general blanket statement which wasn't particularly funny, but elicited applause nonetheless, Quinn would berate the comedian for being sanctimonious and pandering. One of the show's running jokes, which occurred in numerous episodes, was that at some point, one of the comedians would insult Quinn over what he was wearing. Very often, the comedians would also insult each other over clothing choices, hairstyles or weight issues. Said Quinn of Tough Crowd's comparisons to Politically Incorrect: "It was a role model for our show. But on my show, we’re all comedians. No experts. We’re not as high-minded. If we don’t agree with someone, we just make fun of their shirt."[4]

The show featured comedians with all ranges of political viewpoints, be they liberal, (such as Judy Gold), conservative, (such as Nick DiPaolo), or moderate, (such as Jim Norton and Greg Giraldo). Tough Crowd did well in the ratings and gained a loyal following; however, Quinn was forced to battle network executives over content issues. 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. DiPaolo, Norton and other Tough Crowd alums now make semi-regular appearances on Fox News' Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld, which is a similarly-themed comedic panel show, albeit with a predominantly conservative angle.

Regular guests[edit]

The show featured many different comedians, including legends such as George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld, but the core group that was regularly rotated into the show's panels and often paired together was:

On September 26, 2003, Comedy Central aired an hour long Tough Crowd themed stand-up comedy special called "Tough Crowd Stands Up" hosted by Quinn and featuring stand-up sets from the show's seven regulars: DiPaolo, Giraldo, Gold, Norton, O'Neal, Robinson, and Vos.

Episodes[edit]

  • Some episodes and guest lineups are missing, and many specific dates are unknown.
Panel Notes
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson aired December 9, 2002; 1st of 8 test episodes
Greg Giraldo, Caroline Rhea, Rich Vos, ? aired December 16, 2002; 5th of 8 test episodes
Jim David, Nick DiPaolo, Patrice O'Neal, Sarah Silverman aired December 17, 2002; 6th of 8 test episodes
Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld aired in 2002; test episode
Sue Costello, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Keith Robinson aired March 10, 2003; 1st official episode
Nick DiPaolo, Janeane Garofalo, Jim Norton, T. Sean Shannon aired March 11, 2003
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold, Kevin Hart aired March 12, 2003
Nick DiPaolo, Marc Maron, Jim Norton, Sarah Silverman aired March 13, 2003
Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold, Eddie Izzard, Chris Rock aired April 1, 2003
Tough Cuts, Volume 1 aired May 26, 2003; compilation of memorable moments from the show
George Carlin, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton aired June 27, 2003
Tough Cuts, Volume 2 aired July 21, 2003; compilation of memorable moments from the show
Nick DiPaolo, Dom Irrera, Carole Montgomery, Scott Thompson aired July 23, 2003; featuring Godfrey
Ray Garvey, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, William Stephenson aired July 24, 2003
Greg Giraldo, Dom Irrera, Ed Lover, Patrice O'Neal aired October 29, 2003
Louis C.K., Dom Irrera, Marc Maron, Ken Ober aired October 30, 2003; featuring Jerry Seinfeld
Pat Cooper, Greg Giraldo, Allan Havey, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2003
Nick DiPaolo, Paul Mooney, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson aired in 2003; featuring Illeana Douglas
Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold, Graham Norton, Rich Vos aired in 2003
Ross Bennett, Nick DiPaolo, Todd Glass, Rich Francese aired in 2003
Lewis Black, Ardie Fuqua, Greg Giraldo, Matt Walsh aired in 2003; featuring Nick DiPaolo
Dov Davidoff, Lea Delaria, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2003
Bobby Collins, Sherry Davey, Bobby Slayton, Doug Stanhope aired in 2003
Kerri Louise, Howie Mandel, Jim Norton, Robert Schimmel aired in 2003
Nick DiPaolo, Hood, D.L. Hughley, Jim Norton aired in 2003
Jeff Foxworthy, Greg Giraldo, Patrice O'Neal, George Wallace aired in 2003
Lewis Black, Bill Burr, Greg Giraldo, Keith Robinson aired in 2003
Jim Norton, Ken Ober, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Vos aired in 2003; featuring Nick DiPaolo
Nick DiPaolo, Hugh Fink, Greg Giraldo, Macio aired in 2003
Nick DiPaolo, Jamie Kennedy, Carlos Mencia, Patton Oswalt aired in 2003
Lewis Black, Greg Giraldo, Dom Irrera, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2003
Maria Bamford, Jim David, Jim Norton, Scott Thompson aired in 2003
Greg Giraldo, Todd Lynn, Andrew Maxwell, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2003
Dave Attell, Lewis Black, Stephen Colbert, Nick DiPaolo aired in 2003; featuring Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Keith Robinson
Greg Giraldo, Jake Johanssen, Lynne Koplitz, Jim Norton aired in 2003
D.C. Benny, Greg Proops, Keith Robinson, Alexandra Wentworth aired in December 2003; featuring Greg Giraldo and Modi Rosenfeld
Nick DiPaolo, Ray Garvey, Macio, Greg Proops aired in December 2003; featuring Keith Robinson and Rich Vos
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Artie Lange, Lizz Winstead aired in December 2003; featuring Judy Gold, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson
Nick DiPaolo, Hugh Fink, Greg Giraldo, Wanda Sykes
Bob Golub, Cory Kahaney, Greg Proops, Rich Vos
Bill Burr, Nick DiPaolo, Keith Robinson, George Wallace
Dave Attell, Lewis Black, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton
Sue Costello, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Patrice O'Neal
Nick DiPaolo, Judy Gold, Brian Posehn, Kevin Robinson
Lenny Clarke, Sue Costello, Greg Giraldo, Denis Leary
Greg Giraldo, Laura Kightlinger, Jimmy Kimmel, Todd Lynn
Todd Barry, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson
Greg Giraldo, Dom Irrera, Keith Robinson, Sarah Silverman
Nick DiPaolo, Judy Gold, Colette Hawley, Sue Murphy
Kevin Meaney, Patrice O'Neal, Gregg Rogell, Rudy Rush
Dave Attell, Laurie Kilmartin, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson
Greg Giraldo, Cory Kahaney, Maurice, Rich Vos featuring Dante Nero, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson
Pat Cooper, Pete Correale, Patrice O'Neal, Tom Papa
Greer Barnes, Stephen Colbert, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton featuring Keith Robinson and Rich Vos
Louis C.K., Nick DiPaolo, Paul Mecurio, Keith Robinson
Richard Belzer, Greg Giraldo, Rene Hicks, James Smith
Flex Alexander, Kevin Hart, Dante Nero, Patrice O'Neal featuring Jim Norton and Keith Robinson
Sunda Croonquist, David Cross, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton
Greg Giraldo, Vic Henley, Robert Klein, Keith Robinson
David Alan Grier, Rich Hall, George Wallace, Lizz Winstead featuring Sarah Silverman
Greg Fitzsimmons, Greg Giraldo, Laurie Kilmartin, Patrice O'Neal
Greg Giraldo, Bonnie McFarlane, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson
Dave Chappelle, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Fitzsimmons, Judy Gold
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold, Patrice O'Neal
Sue Costello, Greg Giraldo, Keith Robinson, Rich Vos
Sue Costello, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Reggie McFadden
Jim David, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal
Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Greg Proops, Jimmy Shubert
Wayne Federman, Greg Giraldo, Kathy Griffin, Scott Thompson featuring Jim Norton
John DiResta, Judy Gold, Ralphie May, Keith Robinson
Pat Cooper, Mitch Fatel, Greg Giraldo, Keith Robinson
Nick Gaza, Judy Gold, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal
Greg Giraldo, Todd Lynn, Greg Proops, Keith Robinson
Richard Jeni, Lisa Lampanelli, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Vos
Nick DiPaolo, Don Gavin, Steve Sweeney, Jimmy Tingle featuring Keith Robinson
Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Donnell Rawlings, Keith Robinson
Franklyn Ajaye, Greg Giraldo, Kathy Griffin, Jim Norton aired in 2003
Ben Bailey, Ty Barnett, Nick DiPaolo, Keith Robinson
Todd Barry, Vinnie Brand, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton
Nick DiPaolo, John Mendoza, Patrice O'Neal, T. Sean Shannon
Dave Attell, Greg Giraldo, Robert Kelly, Patrice O'Neal
Marc Maron, Patrice O'Neal, Barry Weintraub, Alexandra Wentworth
Jim David, Robert Klein, Patrice O'Neal, Tom Papa
Kevin Brennan, Nick DiPaolo, David Feldman, Jim Norton
Dane Cook, Robert Kelly, Howie Mandel, Patrice O'Neal
Bruce Bruce, Greg Giraldo, Keith Robinson, Tim Young
Vinnie Brand, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Gregg Proops
John Joseph, Jim Norton, Dina Pearlman, Keith Robinson
Judy Gold, Drew Hastings, Laurie Kilmartin, Jim Norton
Goumba Johnny, Patrice O'Neal, Dat Phan, Rich Vos
Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold, Todd Lynn, Patrice O'Neal
Eddie Brill, Jackie Kashian, Keith Robinson, Rich Vos
Louis CK, Laura Dinnebeil, Rick Shapiro, Dan Vitale
Becky Donohue, Judah Friedlander, Greg Giraldo, Keith Robinson
Laurie Kilmartin, Lynne Koplitz, Keith Robinson, Gregg Rogell
Judy Gold, Dave Mordal, Jim Norton, Joe Rogan
Nick DiPaolo, Todd Glass, Jimmy Martinez, Keith Robinson featuring Jim Norton and Keith Robinson
Ian Bagg, Bill Burr, Patrice O'Neal, Gregg Proops
Greg Giraldo, Todd Glass, Patrice O'Neal, Paul F. Tompkins
Adam Ferrara, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal
Greg Giraldo, Ralphie May, Patrice O'Neal, Jeffrey Ross
Sue Costello, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Pauly Shore
Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Rich Hall, Patrice O'Neal
Kevin Hart, Robert Kelly, John Marshall, Patrice O'Neal aired October 6, 2004
Nick DiPaolo, Adam Ferrara, Denis Leary, Patrice O'Neal
Mario Cantone, Doctor Dré, Greg Giraldo, Kevin Meaney
Jim David, Vanessa Hollingshead, Jim Norton, Rich Vos
Judy Gold, Jake Johannsen, Andy Kindler, Louis Ramey
Nick DiPaolo, Marc Maron, Pete Tubbs, Rich Vos
Sherry Davey, Nick DiPaolo, Graham Norton, Gregg Proops
Rick Crom, Dom Irrera, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson
Jim Norton, Ben Stein, ?, ?
Mike Britt, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal
Pat Cooper, Kevin Hart, Todd Lynn, Keith Robinson featuring Nick DiPaolo and Michael Olajide
Nick DiPaolo, Judy Gold, Patrice O'Neal, Keith Robinson 100th episode; featuring Rich Vos
Andrew Dice Clay, Jim Florentine, Rich Vos, Lizz Winstead 101st episode
Jim David, Robert Kelly, Jimmy Martinez, Bernadette Pauley 102nd episode; featuring Jim Norton
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Mo Rocca, T. Sean Shannon
Susie Essman, Jim Gaffigan, Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold
Nick DiPaolo, Colette Hawley, Keith Robinson, George Wallace
Marc Maron, Jim Norton, Rich Vos, Mishna Wolff featuring Steve Schirripa
Ellen Cleghorne, Dane Cook, Nick DiPaolo, Jay Mohr
Rich Francese, Kathleen Madigan, Jim Norton, Tony Woods
Nick DiPaolo, Scott Thompson, Jim David, Greg Giraldo
Tough Cuts, Volume 3 aired January 6, 2004; compilation of memorable moments from the show
Judy Gold, Hood, Dan Naturman, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2004; featuring Jim Norton
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Lynne Koplitz, Todd Lynn aired in 2004
Buddy Bolton, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Lynne Koplitz, Todd Lynn aired in 2004
Marc Maron, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson, Rich Vos aired in 2004
Sue Costello, Robert Kelly, Patrice O'Neal, Keith Robinson aired in 2004; featuring Rich Vos
Louis C.K., Paul Mecurio, Graham Norton, Rich Vos aired in 2004
Jim David, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt, Rich Vos aired in 2004
Ross Bennett, Sue Murphy, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson, Hal Sparks aired in 2004
Nick DiPaolo, Patrice O'Neal, Fran Solomita, Tony V aired in 2004
Dave Attell, Louis C.K., Nick DiPaolo, Jim Norton aired in 2004
Drew Fraser, Cory Kahaney, Kathleen Madigan, Ralphie May aired in 2004; featuring Nick DiPaolo, Patrice O'Neal, and Michael Walker
Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold, Maz Jobrani, Tony V aired April 12, 2004
Mark Ebner, Greg Fitzsimmons, Cory Kahaney, Keith Robinson aired April 13, 2004
Nick DiPaolo, Ralphie May, Jim Norton, Jeffrey Ross aired April 14, 2004
Marc Maron, Jim Norton, Patton Oswalt, Rich Vos aired April 26, 2004
Pat Cooper, Leighann Lord, Patrice O'Neal, Frankie Pace aired April 27, 2004; featuring Rich Vos
Dave Attell, Greg Behrendt, Greg Giraldo, Tom Papa aired April 28, 2004
Jim David, Nick DiPaolo, David Feldman, Lynne Koplitz aired April 29, 2004
Ted Alexandro, Judy Gold, Jim Norton, T. Sean Shannon aired May 3, 2004; featuring Nick DiPaolo and Greg Giraldo
Mike Britt, Pete Correale, Greg Giraldo, Keith Robinson aired May 4, 2004
Ellen Cleghorne, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Florentine, Penn Jillette aired May 5, 2004
Tony Camin, Dov Davidoff, Robert Kelly, Patrice O'Neal aired May 6, 2004
Tough Cuts, Volume 4 aired May 31, 2004; compilation of memorable moments from the show
Nick DiPaolo, Robert Kelly, Patrice O'Neal, Tom Papa, Mike Sweeney aired June 2, 2004
Ellen Cleghorne, D.L. Hughley, Keith Robinson, Sheryl Underwood aired June 3, 2004
Jim Florentine, Marc Maron, Carrot Top, Rich Vos aired June 8, 2004; featuring Jim Norton and Keith Robinson
Nick DiPaolo, Susie Essman, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal aired June 9, 2004
Judy Gold, Marc Maron, Graham Norton, Keith Robinson aired June 10, 2004
Jim Gaffigan, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Frank Santorelli aired June 14, 2004
Lewis Black, Nick DiPaolo, Bonnie McFarlane, Rich Vos aired June 15, 2004
Greg Giraldo, Kyle Grooms, Todd Lynn, Jim Norton aired in 2004
Jeff Cesario, Pat Cooper, Nick DiPaolo, Keith Robinson aired in 2004
Judy Gold, Chris Murphy, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson aired in 2004; featuring Rich Vos
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Laurie Kilmartin, Al Lubel aired in 2004
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Scott Thompson, Alexandra Wentworth aired in 2004
Jim David, Nick DiPaolo, Kevin Hart, Barry Weintraub aired in 2004
Judy Gold, Kevin Hart, Keith Robinson, Frank Vignola aired in 2004; featuring Jim Norton
Rich Francese, Lynne Koplitz, Patrice O'Neal, Jim Mendrinos aired in 2004
Marc Maron, Jackie Mason, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2004
Steve Byrne, Lenny Clarke, Judy Gold, Jimmy Tingle aired in 2004
Omid Djalili, Graham Norton, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2004; featuring Nick DiPaolo
Greg Giraldo, Bernadette Pauley, Keith Robinson, Jimmy Shubert aired in 2004
Karen Bergreen, Marc Maron, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Vos aired in 2004
D.C. Benny, Laurie Kilmartin, Marc Maron, Patrice O'Neal, Keith Robinson aired December 13, 2004
Lenny Clarke, Kevin Hart, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2004
Ross Bennett, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Rick Shapiro aired in 2004
Greg Giraldo, Lynne Koplitz, Todd Lynn, Jim Norton aired in 2004
Nick DiPaolo, Marc Maron, Tim Meadows, Sheryl Underwood aired in 2004; featuring Patrice O'Neal
Tom Cotter, John Fugelsang, Lynne Koplitz, Patrice O'Neal aired in 2004; featuring Nick DiPaolo
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Vos 200th episode
Dave Attell, Greg Giraldo, Judy Gold, Kevin Hart aired November 1, 2004
Jim David, Nick DiPaolo, Marc Maron, Rich Vos aired November 3, 2004
Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Patrice O'Neal, Keith Robinson final episode; aired November 4, 2004

Series finale and epilogue[edit]

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 predominant 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 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 defined "comedic integrity" as the ability to critique the hypocrisy of society, but to be honest enough to admit that you are just 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Szalai, Georg (July 20, 2004). "Running with the crowd: A new breed of comics shuns L.A. and engages in foul play". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (January 2, 2004). "Manny Dworman, 73, Musician Who Owned the Comedy Cellar". The New York Times. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Just for Laughs exclusive - Jim Norton interview. Chicago Now. 2011-06-13. Accessed 2011-12-08.
  4. ^ Sklar, Ronald (2003). "Colin Quinn: Tough Guy". Pop Entertainment. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 

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