Comedian Colin Quinn brings his acclaimed one-man Broadway show to HBO tonight.
Filmed before a live audience at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York, Quinn's 'Long Story Short' tells the history of the world by juxtaposing modern human behavior with the rise and fall of empires. In the show, co-exec-produced by Jerry Seinfeld, Quinn explains that Caesar was the original Italian mobster and argues that ancient Greece and Antigone have given way to Costco and Snooki. Quinn also contrasts grocery shopping with territorial disputes, Plato's cave allegory with the World Economic Forum, and the Silk Road with talk radio.
His 75-minute monologue stresses that no matter how much technology and innovation evolve, people will always be the same.
Quinn may be best known for the five years he spent on 'Saturday Night Live,' but he has a long career as a stand-up and recently co-starred in Adam Sandler's 'Grown Ups' movie.
'Colin Quinn: Long Story Short' debuts tonight on HBO at 10pm.
Other HBO playdates: April 14 (12:05 a.m.), April 18 (10:05 p.m.), April 22 (midnight), April 23 (4:30 p.m.), and April 26 (12:40 a.m.). HBO2 playdates: April 10 (11:00 p.m.), April 12 (2:20 a.m.), April 15 (9:30 p.m.) and April 28 (midnight).