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Political history makes for comic fodder at Just for Laughs in Montreal

Colin Quinn in Unconstitutional.

Mike Lavoie

The highly significant U.S. Constitution was born from a convention, which is to say a type of gathering often associated with snoozy presentations, boorish shenanigans and drunken high jinks. Indeed, the "We the People" gang were a group of wig-wearing, middle-aged men in Philadelphia, wagon-rides away from their wives and slaves.

With that in mind, the Saturday Night Live alumnus Colin Quinn came up with Unconstitutional, a one-man monologue and irreverent history lesson that he's bringing to Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, the annual chuckle-rama that kicked off this week and continues to July 28.

"It's the one thing that we're all experts about, which is amazing because none of us have read it," the Brooklynite explains at the start of his show, set for a three-night stint (July 25-27).

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Bombarded with constitutional misrepresentation from certain American blowhards and news services, Canadians no doubt are ready for Quinn's politics as unusual.

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