Even those who consider themselves Saturday Night Live completists might have trouble remembering Colin Quinn’s tenure on the show. If he hadn’t anchored “Weekend Update” for a little while after Norm MacDonald was fired, he wouldn’t have left any SNL footprint at all.
That is definitely not the case with Will Ferrell, whose tenure on SNL overlapped with Quinn’s. Ferrell parlayed his first-among-equals role in the cast into a substantial film career, while Quinn has been content with lower-profile work on the tube and in stand-up. Or maybe not so content, if his recent activity on Twitter is any indication.
On Monday, Quinn took to Twitter to congratulate Ferrell for recently winning the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. “Good for him I guess,” Quinn wrote, then adding, “Not bitter but just…whatever, dude. Good for him.” So what is it that he is not at all bitter about? “We never really got along at SNL because he stole so many of my ideas, but …/Will was into a lot of bad drug stuff and I don’t know if he still is. Actually, not true I happen to know he still is very much so.” Finally, he charged Ferrell with comedic larceny: “Feel bad about the Will Ferrell comments. I’ll never mention him again if he pays me my residuals for the WHOLE ANCHORMAN CONCEPT!”
Figuring that if he’s burning one bridge he might as well burn ‘em all, Quinn then tweaked his former SNL boss, Lorne Michaels: “The years I was at SNL Lorne was really kind of messed up over various things and I was the shot caller. And that’s real.”
How serious was Quinn, considering he’s a comedian and everything? Following this rant, he immediately began retweeting various reactions to his comments, most of them negative. He went on to specify that he was just kidding about Ferrell and drugs (“I never even saw him smoke a joint!”), and played the “Can’t anyone take a joke?” card, as if this should have been obvious all along. In a tweet that looks like truth disguised as sarcasm, Quinn said “Yesterday was a publicity maneuver so I can raise my profile and possible get some sitcom work. And I think it’s going to pay off!”
The bottom line here is that we still don’t know who was responsible for Mango. Because man, was that ever annoying.