Shield your eyes! When Saturday Night Live alum Colin Quinn sat down to chat about his new solo Broadway show Long Story Short with director Jerry Seinfeld, the star power was pretty impressive. As if the comedic pair weren’t enough, their conversation was moderated by none other than CNN superstar Anderson Cooper. The high-wattage trio took to the stage at off-Broadway’s Snapple Theatre to discuss such topics as the importance of keeping a show short, why the world’s great empires make great comedy, and how the British ended up taking over half the world. Long Story Short begins performances October 22 at the Helen Hayes Theatre; for a look at this hilarious pre-show conversation, check out the video below.