Already closed | 1h 15m | West Village

Red State Blue State

From 143 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent

About the show

SNL alum Colin Quinn lays bare the absurdities, hypocrisies, and calamities on both sides of the political divide in this new solo comedy. More…

This is no witch hunt: Colin is here to own the libs, the conservs, and everyone in between.

1h 15m | Already closed | Minetta Lane Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (143)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent
77
Avg Score

During previews
66
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You’re a fan of Colin. There are some good moments but a lot in between. Some young women behind me roared!

Don't see it if You’re looking to really laugh.

During previews
74
Funny, Relevant, Political

See it if The 2-party system isn’t the only thing we have taken too far: capitalism, gender equality, iphones. You name it, he’ll say something funny.

Don't see it if You don’t laugh easily, have a couple drinks to loosen up. If you laugh easily, you’ll have a good time.

During previews
58
Disappointing, Funny, Rough

See it if You want to see Quinn in an intimate space breaking down how we're all screwed because we refuse to change.

Don't see it if You want well polished material. The laughs were there, but not constant.

During previews
90
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if Colin does a great job of talking about the issues without insulting either side. He definitely makes you think. Very funny.

Don't see it if If you don’t like one-person shows or topical comedy.

During previews
71
Funny, Relevant, Insightful, Uneven

See it if Entertaining take on today's sorry political divide. Week-paced.

Don't see it if Sharp start but needs more teeth on second half.

During previews
35
Disappointing, Excruciating, Apologist, Cliched, Annoying

See it if you’re a straight white male who clings to your patriarchal race privilege & resents your freedom of racist speech being met w/consequences.

Don't see it if you hate “both sides”-ism that blames the right for being bigoted & the left for opposing that bigotry. This show’s a proud microaggression.

Also Colin is apparently very saddened that as a comedian nowadays he is un... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Entertaining, Funny, Overrated

See it if you like Colin Quinn. Some bits are very very funny. Others fall flat. A mixed bag.

Don't see it if you don't like standup comics. He talks very very fast; hard to follow sometimes. Some of his facts on history not accurate.

Also His political insights are simple and superficial. It is a comedy bit ... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like comedy. You want to hear a comical yet relevant take on politics. You want to hear some relevant, intelligent and funny stuff.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy. You don't like a one man show. You don't like to laugh. You don't like politics in any form.

During previews
85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to laugh. Colin makes fun of today's politics, but without being overly offensive to either side.

Don't see it if you don't like stand up comedy.

During previews
88
Miraculous, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Relevant

See it if You like intelligent political humor without all the rancor or if you're a fan of Quinn. This piece is a bit of a history lesson as well.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for political jokes, one-man shows, or simply Colin Quinn. I hate stand-up comedy, but loved this.

Also Quinn manages to deliver so much, while making you feel you're with a ... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Overrated, Funny for fans

See it if you're a fan of Colin Quinn.

Don't see it if You're looking for more than just funny one-liners. Sometimes sounded like he forgot the words.

During previews
56
Dated, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if You like comedians who seem "liberal" but still complain about "snowflake" behavior. You want a comedian's read on the flaws on all sides.

Don't see it if You want a tight, crisp show that punches up.

During previews
70
Funny, Relevant, Topical

See it if you're a fan of Colin Quinn. I especially liked his tour of each state, with a bon mot for each one.

Don't see it if you're looking for something meatier. At times he seemed disengaged and mumbling.

During previews
86
Consistently funny, His survey of all 50 states is a tour de force, Entertaining

See it if You like to laugh and you don't mind laughing at yourself. You like political humor.

Don't see it if You don't like Colin Wuinn or you want something serious.

Also My friend and I had a great time, and the rest of the audience seemed ... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want some inoffensive political humor

Don't see it if you want sharp satire

Also I realized a while ago that political humor in the age of Trump is ext... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Funny

See it if Like an extra long late 90s-style SNL Weekend Update on today's American polarization: contradictions, ridiculousness, first world problems.

Don't see it if Laughing at yourself/personal identities is offensive to you. Older cis white male perspective jokes, no real nuances of other perspectives.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

During previews
80
Stand-up, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You are up for more political commentary with Colin Quinn's specific solution.

Don't see it if you've had it with politics and the great divide in the U.S.

Also I went in knowing his premise, as he's been around the talk shows talk... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy thoughtful reflections that connect our past to our present from a terrifically clever, affable host; can laugh about your flaws!

Don't see it if averse to political topics; determined to keep head in sand, hold fast to your prejudices, assumptions; prefer to pursue an unexamined life.

During previews
20
Insulting, Insipid, Out-dated

See it if you like him.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy making fun of the poor, the LGBTQ communities.

Also If you want to hear a straight white male comic complain that comedy i... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Amusing, Politcally toothless, Manic not magic

See it if you are a fan of Quinn's humor, his garbled & rushed speech, politically inoffensive & without a 2 drink minimum

Don't see it if you want something really hilarious & risky; want to be challenged, enlightened or otherwise given food for thought

Also SPOILER ALERT: The 'jokey' resolution of our present state of divisive... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if a fan of Colin Quinn and want to hear his take on politics. He has some really good points and tells the story in an entertaining way.

Don't see it if not into politics, or you are not open to honest conversation about politics.

Also I enjoyed the show, but at times some of the material had references t... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Very funny, Loved it

See it if Very entertaining fast paced evening. Standing O at the end. Quinn is in his own category as a comedian. Maybe not for everyone.

Don't see it if You have hearing issues. CQ speaks in quick spurts without many pauses. Liberals get a bashing as well - so beware.

During previews
88
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Funny jokes about liberals and conservatives. The political process is being mocked at its best.

Don't see it if You do not like jokes about rednecks. Or do not have a sense of humor.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if One man comedy performance detailing the divide in American politics--and American culture, which I found to be fresh and absorbing.

Don't see it if I expected this to be more predictable and a little bit more for the people--I was surprised how relevant and how profound it was.

During previews
100
Dizzying, Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like lightning paced intelligent comedy.

Don't see it if If you don't like political comedy that makes you loo at yourself.

Also I have seen all of Colin Quinn's shows. They are intelligent and thoug... Read more Read less


January 22nd, 2019
“In a smart, if sometimes shaggy, monologue that ponders an ideologically riven nation, Quinn is not firmly allied to one side or another...He comes across as the kind of guy you might like to have a beer with, which may be as much of a plus in a comedian as it is in a politician. Unlike a politi...
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January 22nd, 2019
"At a time when even middle-of-the-road comics seem to be choosing sides, it's refreshing to hear the no-nonsense Quinn go after political absolutism on both the right and the left. Yet this solo show, minimally directed by Bobby Morseco, lacks a clear narrative through line...His routine often s...
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January 22nd, 2019
“The comedian dissects the current social and political climate with his usual cutting wit and keen observations...The comedian is an equal opportunity offender, taking care to assail both sides of the political spectrum...Quinn's deadpan delivery can become monotonous over the course of an eveni...
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January 22nd, 2019
“Liberals and conservatives alike are subjected to relentless ridicule and contempt in...Quinn’s pugnacious and contrarian one-man show...Quinn tackles and ridicules social media addiction, the expectation that comedians now must be politically correct, premarital sex and celebrities taking polit...
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