Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States (Hardcover)
In Colin Quinn's new book, the popular comedian, social commentator, and star of the shows Red State Blue State and Unconstitutional tackles the condition of our union today.
Utah: The Church of States
Vermont: The Old Hippie State
Florida: The Hot Mess State
Arizona: The Instagram Model State
Wisconsin: The Diet Starts Tomorrow State
The United States is in a fifty-states-wide couples’ counseling session, thinking about filing for divorce. But is that really what we want? Can a nation composed of states that are so different possibly hang together?
Colin Quinn, comedian, social commentator, and writer and star of Red State Blue State and Unconstitutional, calls us out state-by-state, from Connecticut to Hawaii. He identifies the hypocrisies inherent in what we claim to believe and what we actually do. Within a framework of big-picture thinking about systems of government—after all, how would you put this country together if you started from scratch today?—to dead-on observations about the quirks and vibes of the citizens in each region, Overstated skewers us all: red, blue, and purple. It’s ultimately infused with the same blend of optimism and practicality that sparked the U.S. into being.
About the Author
COLIN QUINN is a stand-up comedian, writer, and performer whose thirty-year broadcast career has included stints on Saturday Night Live as the "Weekend Update" anchor, appearances on every cable comedy showcase and network talk show you can think of, including his own eponymous late-night show, and guest-starring roles in a wide swath of television shows and movies, including The Larry Sanders Show and Inside Amy Schumer. His specials Unconstitutional (2013) and The New York Story (2015, directed by Jerry Seinfeld) are available on Netflix, as is his one-man show Red State, Blue State (2019), which premiered to rave reviews in New York. The special was adapted into CNN’s first comedy special in May 2019 and started streaming on Netflix in August 2019.
"The author lands his punches...spares neither right- nor left-leaning terrain." —Kirkus Reviews
"Quinn pulls off the remarkable feat of being both very informative and thoroughly entertaining. This delightful read is highly recommended." —Booklist (starred review)
"A barstool philosopher." —New York Times
"Quinn is smart, funny, and endearingly manic." —Vulture
"Quinn has become the comic his peers will hang around to watch from the back of the room." —Forbes
"[Quinn's] monologues are comedy routines, to be sure . . . . But they’re also history lessons, and insightful ones at that." —The Hollywood Reporter