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Colin Quinn Unconstitutional; Jim Gaffigan on Fatherhood; Alan Cumming in "Macbeth"; "The Trip to Bountiful"

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colin Quinn talks about his new comedy, “Colin Quinn Unconstitutional,” about what our founding fathers might think of our country today. Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan shares stories about fatherhood. Alan Cumming discusses his acclaimed one-man production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” And we’ll find out about a new production of Horton Foote’s classic play “The Trip to Bountiful.”

"Colin Quinn Unconstitutional"

Colin Quinn talks about “Colin Quinn Unconstitutional,” a new comedy written that he wrote and stars in. On May 25, 1787, 55 delegates in wigs and tights sat down to create a country from scratch. Quinn offers his unique comedic perspective on our national character, from predator drones to the Kardashians, and he asks if this is what the founding fathers planned. It opens at The Barrow Street Theatre May 16.

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan: Dad Is Fat

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan examines all the joys and horrors of life with his five young children and talks about his comedy career. His new book, Dad Is Fat, is reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, and is a humorous cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

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Alan Cumming in "Macbeth"

The actor talks to Leonard Lopate about this production of the Bard's famous tragedy, in which he is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself.

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"The Trip to Bountiful"

Actress Cicely Tyson, director Michael Wilson, and Hallie Foote (Horton’s daughter) discuss Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” Cicely Tyson plays a woman trapped in a cramped Houston apartment with her soft-spoken son and out-spoken daughter-in-law, dreaming of a return to the small Gulf Coast town of Bountiful, where she grew up and raised her family. Worried that she’s an imposition and longing to escape her daughter-in-law’s watchful eye, she steals away with her latest pension check and heads home in the journey of a lifetime. “The Trip to Bountiful” is playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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Guest Picks: Jim Gaffigan

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book, Dad Is Fat, and the ups and downs of being the father of 5 young kids. He also told us which Ben Folds song every dad should listen to. Find out what it is!

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Guest Picks: Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his one-man production of "Macbeth." He also told us that the last great book he read was like plant porn. Find out what he's reading, watching and listening to!

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Guest Picks: Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his off-Broadway play, "Colin Quinn Unconstitutional." He also told us that he's a fan of Wendy Williams. Find out what else Colin Quinn's a fan of!

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