The scene at Emerson College is gray and bleak. Most students hurry along Boylston Street, but Quinn Marcus stands outside, unfazed by the cold October mist. Microphone in hand, the 21-year-old breezily offers, “Hey I’m Quinn and this is ‘Quinnterviews.’ Today we’re talking about the weird things your professors say.”
“Quinnterviews” is what Marcus has coined her series of comedic shorts, featuring impromptu man-on-the-street interviews which now air on mtvU, a 24-hour branch of MTV geared toward college students. Marcus, a senior at Emerson, roams the streets of Boston and beyond with her cameraman, Tyler Weinberger, in pursuit of obliging pedestrians willing to chat. Conversation meanders under the direction of the quick-witted Marcus, who focuses discussion on everything from parent-child relationships to the best way to find a roommate.