Colin Quinn Will Make Fun of All 50 States in a New Book

Published on March 5, 2020

Colin Quinn has possessed one of those strongest voices in comedy for many years now. The comic from Brooklyn continues to grow sharper and quicker, too, to think that was ever possible for someone as fast as Quinn. Most recently, he starred in and created CNN’s first comedy special ever, Red State Blue State. Few people see the hilarity of the United States as well as Quinn, which is why his upcoming book, “Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of Fifty States,” is a must-have piece of reading material. The book comes out September 22nd, 2020. 

Coast to Coast

St Martin’s Press is publishing the comedic book. Author Colin Quinn will look at and laugh at all 50 states while providing honest insights. He does the same at the end of Red State Blue State, which is available on Netflix. At the end of his excellent special, Quinn does a rundown of every state, cracking jokes. It’s remarkable, and now it is a great ad for why we should all buy his upcoming book. It’s Quinn’s follow up to “The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America.” The comedian even has the talent to make the title of a coloring book absolutely fantastic. 

To promote the book, St Martin’s press has released a few excerpts from the book:


The reason that Maine’s at the top of the east coast of the country is because they are the way America was at the beginning. They are like the Midwest of the east. They are quiet. They understand life isn’t about words. I used to think they were idiots up there because you can’t hold a conversation with them. But now I see it’s not that. It’s because they know conversation is bullshit.


What is it about Texas? I can give you my opinion, but Texas doesn’t care. They stopped caring what the “north” said a long time ago. They are the capital of the south. But they’re also the capital of the southwest somehow. I’ve talked to people from New Mexico and I go “What do you think about climate change?” and they go “I don’t know. Talk to Texas.” Same with Mississippi: you ask them a question and they tell you, “Talk to Texas.” Texas is the daddy of the south. And daddies are a big thing down there. In Texas they bond with their sons. They take them hunting and give them initials for a name. I understand Texas because I’m from New York. Texas has the same attitude as New York. They think they’re doing you a favor by being part of America. It’s just how we are.

What Else is Quinn Up To?

Mostly, anybody lucky enough to live in New York City can find the comedian at The Comedy Cellar. At the moment, the comedian is on tour, but he usually works his material at the Cellar. It’s where all the major comics perform in the city. Almost any night there is a good time, especially if Quinn drops in to do a spot. 

Nobody else has Quinn’s timing, style, or outlook as a comedian. He’s an original. Whenever people try to mimic or go for a familiar voice, they fall beneath Quinn’s shadow. Plus, when some comedians get political and it’s awfully boring or simply singing to the choir, that’s not true of Quinn. He knows his stuff, and more importantly, how to make that stuff funny and accessible to a wide variety of audiences. The comedian can connect with people he even makes fun of. 

Red State Blue State is definitely one of Quinn’s biggest hits. A mass success, creatively and commercially. The insights into America are wildly entertaining. It’s all the more reason to buy “Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of Fifty State” when it comes out.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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