Comedian Colin Jost is a master of the self-deprecating joke. He can always make fun of himself, even in the most embarrassing situation. Colin recounts his rise from childhood to his place in the comedy world on Saturday Night Live and beyond in his new memoir, A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir. In one part of the book, he tells of growing up in a small town in New Hampshire.
Fun fact: Colin was picked last for football teams and other groups every year for about ten years.
Career and Saturday Night Live
Colin Jost has gone from being a kid in Staten Island to be one of the cold openers on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment in a career spanning a decade. As of 2022, Colin is married to Scarlett Johansen, and they have one child, a son.
Trying to make it big as an actor in New York City, Jost caught his first break as a writer for The immediately canceled (thank God) MTV sketch show “The Show.” Then he joined the writing staff of “Saturday Night Live,” where he is now a head writer.
Growing up on Staten Island
What was it like growing up on Staten Island? His dad had dreams of being an actor, and his mom was a teacher. So growing up, Jost wanted to be both of them. His dad tried his best to help him follow that dream. But, he also taught him how to defend himself against the bullies who made fun of him for wanting to be an actor.
His parents were supportive but also realistic about their son’s chances. He describes how they helped him get his first real job at the Staten Island Mall movie theater. He worked there during high school and college and even during his first year at SNL.
Success in Show Business
If you’re looking for a fun read, look no further than A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir, comedian Colin Jost’s uproarious story of his rise to success in show business in New York City. Jost is one of the head writers on Saturday Night Live and co-anchors the famous Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” segment with longtime cast member and anchor Michael Che. He’s also a stand-up comedian who has appeared in movies such as Staten Island Summer and TV shows such as Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, The Mindy Project, and others. Jost grew up on Staten Island and graduated from Harvard University before moving to New York City to pursue comedy.
Writer on Saturday Night Live
In his memoir, Jost reflects on those early days, including his ten years writing for Saturday Night Live. He details the process behind creating sketches, working with Lorne Michaels (the show’s creator and executive producer), and how he balances writing for television with performing stand-up comedy. At the end of each chapter are “Notes” that give context or explain how things have changed since Jost wrote the book. Jost comes across as very likable in this book. The jokes he makes about himself play out on the page—you can see him
Book Review: Great Read
Luckily, in the end, Colin managed to get through his adolescent years without any real damage being done (except to his face). But, of course, that might’ve been helped by his early years at Harvard, though he was more focused on making people laugh than writing them up. And funnily enough, that’s kind of where he is now, writing for Saturday Night Live and attempting to make people laugh, and he’s good at it, too, and one of the funniest men on television today.