Need to Know: Lesbian Comedienne Quinn Marcus
By Benjamin Lindsay
Photo courtesy of mtvU.
Since September, Quinn Marcus has been the face of undergrad trivialities on her hit mtvU series, Quinnterviews. Each episode is a quick, 90-second package of Marcus stirring up the pot of awkward as she sarcastically riffs on the classic man-on-the-street. The show covers everything from finding a roommate to finding love, and it’s all done with an innocently dry humor and a winking eye. For the high-strung, 21st-century undergrad, Quinnterviews is the perfect dose of schadenfreude.
Catch a recent episode where Quinn attends Collegefest to ask about the 2012 Presidential Election:
Impressively enough, Marcus is still an undergraduate herself. As a senior at Emerson College, she and cameraman Tyler Weinberger film the series in Boston while concurrently keeping up with her studies and performing with her improv trouple, This Is Pathetic. She’s confident but humble, sassy but sweet. Oh, and she’s gay, too—“So you can’t hit on me,” she quips.
We spoke with the up-and-comer about her gig with MTV, her hopes for the future, and how her sexuality gave her such infallible confidence.
Out: So tell us how Quinnterviews all got started.
Quinn Marcus: After my senior year of high school I was doing improv in downtown Atlanta with some friends. Right before we went to college, we decided to take a camera out onto the street and interview people. We went out there thinking we were going to pretend I was from PETA, the animal rights group, and then it just turned into Quinnterviews. My friend came up with the name, and then we edited it together and put it on youtube.
What was it like pitching Quinnterviews to MTV?
It was crazy. We just sent them a written pitch, then they called me while I was in class and asked for a video. They wanted a video of my personality, so I decided the best way to showcase that was to ask people on the street to tell me what they think my personality is. So we just interviewed people and sent [MTV] that video.
Then they came to Boston and I pitched it in person. It was really scary; I’ve never been so nervous. But it was really cool because I really lucked out. It wasn’t like I pitched it and then they didn’t like it. They had already liked it and told me that they just wanted to talk about how we were going to do it, so it was a really cool pitching experience. I don’t think it was a normal pitching experience.