Tough Crowd

Comedy Central (ended 2004)


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  • Colin hopes you don't notice he stole this idea

    I liked this show the first time when it was called Poltically Incorrect. It seems that Colin waited for people to forget that show and decided to pitch show as his own. In fact that is what he tried to do on the Daily Show when he called Tough Crowd "a fresh idea.
    You see Bill Mahr had his show with him and four other guest discussing topics ripped strait from the newpaper. The discussions were serious with an add humor. Now I would tell you what Though Crowd was about but you just reread what I just said in this paragraph.
    It does not matter if this show was good or not, it get a poor rating because it is an out right stolen idea.
    Not only that, but Colin's stand-up has always been weak too.
  • Although it's not perfect and sometimes spends far too little time with each topic, Tough Crownd was truly a diamond in the rough.

    Tough Crowd's charm lies in its no BS attitude. Taking five smart@$$ comedians and letting them yell at one another in a way similar to Hardball or Crossfire only with a little more humor and a lot more un-PC fun. The show also has fun with the standards of a round-table discussion show, sometimes randomly sending some people out of conversations or removing chairs and adding in random new segments never to be seen again. Tough Crowd managed to take serious topics and have fun with them while also managing to say some relatively important things. All it needed was a little bit more focus and the show could have been incredible.
  • A show that has stood the test of time, despite being a topical show that hasn't had a new episode since 2004.

    Let's face it, round-table talk shows have been done before and some have had far greater success that Tough Crowd had during its all-too-brief run on Comedy Central, but few can actually stand the test of time like it.

    The topics may be very dated, but the humor is just as fresh as it was back then. To watch these comedians pick each other apart and roll with the punches makes you almost wish you could join in with them. Watching any episode can tell you that despite some of the meanest slams you've heard in a long time, the guests typically had a blast making each episode (show regulars Nick DiPaolo, Patrice Oneal, Jim Norton and Greg Giraldo being the most shining examples of this). Some guest stars would seem a little out of their element at times (Pauly Shore and Janeane Garofalo particularly, among others) while others (such as Greg Proops) seemed to flourish in this style of no-holds-barred comedic debate. Simply put: its a show that one has to see to fully appreciate it, and it's a shame that Comedy Central decided to pull the plug on this show, much less as suddenly as they did.

    Also, to anyone who cries "Colin Quinn ripped it off of Bill Mahr!" I'd suggest you look up the Algonquin round table and realize that Bill Mahr ripped the idea off, too.
  • Hilarious and informative, Tough Crowd was one of the great late-night shows.

    Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn was quite simply, hilarious. Consistantly funny and informative, I used to love watching this show every single night.

    Despite the fact that it was an excellent show, its timeslot was its true death. Pitted against juggernauts Letterman and Leno, even with a Daily Show lead-in, spelled doom for the comedy news show.

    Still, it was great when it was around. The true star of the show was not, however, Quinn. Instead, it was his panel of comedian guests. Containing some of the best comedians of today, it was a great way to showcase the talents of comedians who people might not normally see unless they make an effort to visit comedy clubs on a regular basis.

    While a Tough Crowd DVD seems a longshot, the humor of the crew can be seen in the Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary. Filmed at the height of Tough Crowd's quality, the roast features many of the show's regulars, and is a great source for nostalgia for fans of the show.

    Gone but not forgotten, Tough Crowd will be known as one of the great comedic news shows.
  • Colin and a panel of 4 comedians tackle political and social issues in the news.

    The thing that made this show work was not the scripted humour (actually, that was at times pretty pathetic), but the chemistry between the comedians and Colin, particularly between Colin and Jim Norton, Nick DiPaolo, Keith Robinson and Patrice O\'Neal.

    This show was pretty good, and I don\'t see why it was canceled.

    The only thing that really irritates me about the show is how long it took for Australia to get certain episodes.