A Very Punchable Face
In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating. If there's one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it's being able to take a punch--metaphorically and, occasionally, physically.From growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school and "seeing the sights" (like watching a Russian woman throw a stroller off the back of a ferry), to attending Harvard while Facebook was created, Jost shares how he has navigated the world like a slightly smarter Forrest Gump.You'll also discover things about Jost that will surprise and confuse you, like how Jimmy Buffett saved his life, how Czech teenagers attacked him with potato salad, how an insect laid eggs inside his legs, and how he competed in a twenty-five-man match at WrestleMania (and almost won). You'll go behind the scenes at SNL (where he's written some of the most memorable sketches and characters of the past fifteen years) and Weekend Update. And you'll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian--from performing in rural college cafeterias at noon to opening for Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall.For every accomplishment (hosting the Emmys), there is a setback (hosting the Emmys). And for every absurd moment (watching paramedics give CPR to a raccoon), there is an honest, emotional one (recounting his mother's experience on the scene of the Twin Towers' collapse on 9/11). Told with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, A Very Punchable Face reveals the brilliant mind behind some of the dumbest sketches on television, and lays bare the heart and humor of a hardworking guy--with a face you can't help but want to punch.

A Very Punchable Face Details

TitleA Very Punchable Face
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 14th, 2020
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
ISBN-139781101906323
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor

A Very Punchable Face Review

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    I've read about a million comedian memoirs, and to be honest, they usually disappoint me. It is hard to be funny in book-form, and it's even harder to make a fairly drama-free upbringing sound remotely interesting. But Colin Jost made me laugh, like OUT LOUD, and I didn't even want to punch him in the face once! (Well, maybe a little, but that's just because I'm a very wimpy puncher and his face is just so punchable!) I truly picked this book up with the most middling of expectations. Maybe one I've read about a million comedian memoirs, and to be honest, they usually disappoint me. It is hard to be funny in book-form, and it's even harder to make a fairly drama-free upbringing sound remotely interesting. But Colin Jost made me laugh, like OUT LOUD, and I didn't even want to punch him in the face once! (Well, maybe a little, but that's just because I'm a very wimpy puncher and his face is just so punchable!) I truly picked this book up with the most middling of expectations. Maybe one or two other comedian memoirs have really impressed me, and I didn't think that a white guy from a good family with a Harvard education could be that entertaining. Yes, I enjoy Colin Jost on SNL, but I've enjoyed other comedian's work and hated their too-earnest and painfully unfunny books. But, holy crap, this book was just so great. I mean, if you have my sense of humor and you find stories about pooping your pants, getting drunk and vomiting random places, and having a harrowing edible experience to be hilarious. And, to be honest, haven't we all done those thing? If you haven't, we are possibly not friend-compatible... The book isn't all stuff that sounds dumb and juvenile (but, I swear, those things are funny in a way that isn't just "drunk white guy"-funny). There are serious topics too, like the way Colin Jost's mother was deeply involved in saving dozens of lives during 9/11, working tirelessly on the scene as as chief medical officer for the New York City Fire Department. I also really enjoyed the peak into the insane work ethic that Colin has that took him to Regis (fancy) for high school and Harvard for college. But what really makes this book is Colin's skill as a comedic writer. Colin knows how to tell a story and make it funny. That's so difficult to do, and Colin makes his story feel like you are talking with your neurotic, hilarious friend from childhood who likes to hide in trees when drunk and injure himself way more than you think normal for a man of his age (and, no, Colin isn't always drunk, just... well, yeah, he does talk about drinking a lot).I did NOT want to put this book down. I have this rubric of book-ratings that I mentally go through when I'm reading a story, and if a book makes me want to read it while driving because it's that addictive, then it's an automatic 5-stars. And, no, I didn't read it while driving, but I did longingly look at my Kindle at stop lights. It's hard to describe exactly why I loved this book so much, but I have to chalk it up to a combo of masterful comedy writing, a well-organized and edited book, and stories that I could personally relate to (doctor parent, happy childhood, good education... and definitely not the crapping your pants or edibles stories. I'm waaaay classier than that). And, yes, Scarlett Johansson fans, we get a very minor peek at their relationship and why she and Colin Jost are most likely wanted by the Paris police. Wholeheartedly recommended for SNL fans and also people who just like funny stories. Colin Jost knocked this one out of the park.*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Per the placeholder below, I have a bit of a thing for Colin Jost. In all honesty, though, I kind of have a thing for SNL performers period. I have talked ad nauseam about my lifelong affinity for the Not Ready for Primetime Players and how some of my fondest childhood memories involve shoveling late-night Pizza House paper thin crust pizza and Italian beef sammiches into my mouth while watching Eddie Murphy rise to fame. By the time I Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Per the placeholder below, I have a bit of a thing for Colin Jost. In all honesty, though, I kind of have a thing for SNL performers period. I have talked ad nauseam about my lifelong affinity for the Not Ready for Primetime Players and how some of my fondest childhood memories involve shoveling late-night Pizza House paper thin crust pizza and Italian beef sammiches into my mouth while watching Eddie Murphy rise to fame. By the time I was old enough to actually understand the jokes it was an era most would consider pretty great with the likes of Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Phil Hartman, Victoria Jackson, Mike Meyers, Kevin Nealon, etc. And then there was magic. Sandler, Spade, Rock, Schneider, Meadows and the incomparable Farley. In all actuality, while there have been some clinker seasons, who can argue that the groups listed above didn’t provide the hardy-hars or that others before and after didn’t do the same? I mean the original cast with Belushi and Chevy Chase and Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin and Gilda Radner and Garrett Morris? Brilliant. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph finally shutting up the douchecanoes who were still trying to argue that “women can’t be funny.” Priceless. And this current batch of kids like Aidy Bryant, Mikey Day, Chris Redd and Kate McKinnon ain’t nothing to shake a stick at either. There’s also this new guy who I think has potential *wink* . . . . Dear Kenan, I hope you make ten million dollars a year and please never leave. You are everything. Anyhow, so I watch a crapton of SNL and I try to read any and all former/current cast member memoirs that come out as well. I am what you might call a superfan. I want to hear all the details about being a part of my favorite show and I want zero filter used while dishing (David Spade wins this category). Jost’s book scores high with me for the following:10. Despite not being an entry about SNL – as mentioned below he does talk about how many times he has pooped his pants in his adult life . . . . . That will never not be funny to me.9. When it comes to talking about guest stars who were awful, everyone seems to clam up. Not Jost. He flat out says the worst person he ever had to work with “had the initials R.C. and then after the R is an “ussell,” and after the C is a “rowe”” . . . . 8. He wrote a “spec script” for one of my favorite TV shows of all time . . . . . Without knowing that said show had already been canceled. 7. He wrote another show that like three people in the entire world ever watched and two of those people just so happen to be me and my kid . . . . . 6. He willingly admits his fails like the eight episodes of Weekend Update he co-hosted with Cecily Strong (who is GREAT on SNL, they were both just really terrible together attempting to do the fake news) and hosting the Emmy’s. (To his/Che’s credit, they actually proposed a few bits that were potentially hilarious but vetoed by the powers that be.)5, 4, 3, 2. He is responsible for skits that made me laugh so hard I woke my sleeping children up . . . . . And #1. Relationship goals. No, not Scarlett Johansson. If anyone thinks that marriage will last, then I have some oceanfront property to sell you in the middle of the Sahara. Nope, I’m talking about the real deal . . . . They are the reason I stay up until at least 11:15 before dozing off due to my old age and watching the remainder of the show with my morning coffee on Sundays. It will be interesting to see where the show goes without Jost’s involvement. Fifteen years is a long time and his input will be greatly missed. Not to mention the fact that he's such a tall, delicious glass of egg whites ; )ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley.ORIGINAL "REVIEW:"I have been in love with Colin Jost for the past six years and his intro declares he will tell a story about shitting his pants as an adult. The fact that I'm not auto-5-starring this should prove what an upstanding, honest member of society I am ; ) Now, get over here you creamy slice of provolone cheese so I can read you.
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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading this when the publication date was still listed as April, but now it has been pushed to July. (I think this is going to happen a lot while so much is shut down.)If you know Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live, then you are familiar with the tone of this book - in fact we've seen a few of the SNL from Home episodes and if you've watched that version of Weekend Update, the funny without the laughter, just kind of sent out into the universe - that's how this book feels to me.The I started reading this when the publication date was still listed as April, but now it has been pushed to July. (I think this is going to happen a lot while so much is shut down.)If you know Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live, then you are familiar with the tone of this book - in fact we've seen a few of the SNL from Home episodes and if you've watched that version of Weekend Update, the funny without the laughter, just kind of sent out into the universe - that's how this book feels to me.The last few chapters are about what it's like to be a writer or Weekend Update co-host on SNL, but the majority of the book is about his life before that, including childhood. It's like a mixture of Rescue Me (Staten Island version) and... male Gilmore Girls maybe? Small town smart kid has to go to the big city and ends up at Harvard, only to turn towards career paths like small town newspapers, stand-up, and writing for television. Colin Gilmore. But I enjoyed it. Honestly if Rescue Me hadn't already done it, I think his family's story is compelling enough for its own book or tv series (especially his mother, who has the most holy shit story of the entire book) - and when I thought Colin had leishmaniasis I started swearing so I'm glad he threw some of those tangent chapters in. His description of the Staten Island Ferry is probably award worthy. He humble-brag downplays some of his accomplishments in the way a white Catholic-raised male has to these days, but they really are quite significant. His descriptions of speech & debate tournaments are spot on (but then you realize he went to freaking nationals, hello.) He is comfortable making fun of himself, a brand that he has carried with him into SNL. Now this comes out in July, the 14th last I saw, so keep your eyes out!I had a copy of this from the publisher through Edelweiss.
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  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    A Very Punchable Face is a memoir of sorts from comedian/writer Colin Jost, the current co-anchor on Weekend Update and co-lead writer for Saturday Night Live. Jost presents a series of essays that takes the reader through various points in his life from his early years through to his current position both behind and in front of the camera on Saturday nights.Jost rarely lets his past selfs behavior slide in the opening chapters. Stories of his years growing up on Staten Island, recurring A Very Punchable Face is a memoir of sorts from comedian/writer Colin Jost, the current co-anchor on Weekend Update and co-lead writer for Saturday Night Live. Jost presents a series of essays that takes the reader through various points in his life from his early years through to his current position both behind and in front of the camera on Saturday nights.Jost rarely lets his past self’s behavior slide in the opening chapters. Stories of his years growing up on Staten Island, recurring incidents where he would require stitches and his journey into Harvard were essays filled with laughs from beginning to end. One heartbreaking chapter details his Mother’s position as Chief Medical Officer for the New York Fire Department and her near-death experiences on 9/11. Very powerful stuff inside a book that also speaks of drinking, debauchery and soiling oneself.I found the most interesting bits to be about the behind-the-scenes structure of SNL and how a machine like that operates. He discusses the hectic Monday-Saturday schedule that involves pitching to the host, writing, re-writing, re-re-writing and planning out the show. We’re talking eighty hour work weeks where the staff will sometimes sleep at the offices at 30 Rock rather than making the trek home after a long night.Speaking of SNL, one of the first things I was surprised to learn was that Jost has been a part of the crew since 2005. I wasn’t aware he was even involved with the show until they put him in front of the camera in mid-2014 as a part of the Weekend Update team with Cecily Strong. Apparently he was not a fan-favorite, to put it lightly. I had no problem with him from the beginning but I agree with Jost that it likely took him a while to become comfortable in the role. He and co-anchor Michael Che have been mainstays for a few years now and their chemistry continues to make the Update segment the best part of the show each week.I haven’t read a book in quite a while where I laughed as often as I did with this one. Jost is especially charming in his ability to undercut both his career accomplishments as well as the awkwardness of his youth that gives him a very relatable, earnest quality that should endear him to anyone who picks up this book.
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  • Andrea Pole
    January 1, 1970
    A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost is a funny, irreverent, and self-deprecating memoir that is every bit as joyful and enlightening as you would hope it to be. I am always wary of reading a memoir penned by a celebrity whose work I admire for fear of being disillusioned by the person behind the celebrity, but my concerns were totally unfounded here. I have always believed, in a non-creepy fangirl way, that Colin Jost is someone who is not only relatable, but approachable, and the total lack of A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost is a funny, irreverent, and self-deprecating memoir that is every bit as joyful and enlightening as you would hope it to be. I am always wary of reading a memoir penned by a celebrity whose work I admire for fear of being disillusioned by the person behind the celebrity, but my concerns were totally unfounded here. I have always believed, in a non-creepy fangirl way, that Colin Jost is someone who is not only relatable, but approachable, and the total lack of ego displayed in this collection of essays further affirm this idea. This book is a must read for any SNL fan, as Colin peels back the curtain to reveal some surprising revelations, not only about himself, but about castmates past and present, along with some memorable hosts, during his fifteen year tenure on the show. I heartily recommend giving this one a read.Many thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for this ARC.
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  • Melissa Long
    January 1, 1970
    You look at Colin Jost and think, "Oh yeah he's the guy engaged to Scarlett Johansson."Then you think, "Geez, guess that's the most exciting thing to happen to him."You'd be so, so, so incorrect.This book is filled with hilarious antedotes, written with honesty, humour, and self awareness. I won't spoil any of the stories, but the deeper you get into this book the more you're wondering how one guy could ever get into so much misfortune, yet so much luck in getting the perfect job.Jost also takes You look at Colin Jost and think, "Oh yeah he's the guy engaged to Scarlett Johansson."Then you think, "Geez, guess that's the most exciting thing to happen to him."You'd be so, so, so incorrect.This book is filled with hilarious antedotes, written with honesty, humour, and self awareness. I won't spoil any of the stories, but the deeper you get into this book the more you're wondering how one guy could ever get into so much misfortune, yet so much luck in getting the perfect job.Jost also takes us inside the modern SNL, and his job of head writer, Weekend News Update, and regular player.Highly recommend for any SNL fan.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Very Punchable Face is by far and away, totally different from my normal day to day reads. I am a romance reader who loves nothing more than a happy ending. So, for me to pick up a Non-Fiction book is a pretty big deal. When I stumbled upon A Very Punchable Face, my first thought was Hey, look! Colin Jost wrote a book. After reading the synopsis, I couldnt help but be intrigued. I mean, this book just sounded absolutely amazing. So, I put my reservations aside and decided to read a book A Very Punchable Face is by far and away, totally different from my normal day to day reads. I am a romance reader who loves nothing more than a happy ending. So, for me to pick up a Non-Fiction book is a pretty big deal. When I stumbled upon A Very Punchable Face, my first thought was “Hey, look! Colin Jost wrote a book”. After reading the synopsis, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. I mean, this book just sounded absolutely amazing. So, I put my reservations aside and decided to read a book outside my norm, and I have to tell you, I am so glad I did. From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked. I didn’t want to put it down. It was so well written and entertaining. From the titles of the chapters to the content within the pages, I just couldn’t get enough. I loved reading about Colin’s life and his journey to SNL. Colin had a lot of personal struggles early on and it was fascinating to see how he became the Colin that makes us laugh weekly on SNL. I loved learning about his family and getting to see a side of him that we wouldn’t normally see. I loved how Colin owned the mistakes he made in his life and was able to make fun himself in the most embarrassing moments.A Very Punchable Face is genuine, yet funny at the same time. His story is easy to relate to and gave the humor that I was hoping and looking for. For someone who rarely reads this genre, I can tell you that I had the absolute best time reading A Very Punchable Face. I laughed. I cringed. I had a smile on my face the entire time. All in all, a fantastic read from beginning to end. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys humor and loves to laugh.*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    This is by far one of the best, if not, the best memoirs I've read. I laughed so hard I was crying multiple times. Fantastic.
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsAll I knew about Colin was that he was on Saturday Night Live on Weekend Update and he was dating Scarlett Johansen. Still, it turns out there is much more to Harvard educated Jost as he was a head writer on SNL for years, plus he's done the rounds in stand-up comedy so it was with anticipation I read this a sort-of-memoir written in the form of essays, and it did not disappoint. The stories range from hilarious to moving (his mother is amazing) to crude (one piece, in particular, is a 4.5 starsAll I knew about Colin was that he was on Saturday Night Live on Weekend Update and he was dating Scarlett Johansen. Still, it turns out there is much more to Harvard educated Jost as he was a head writer on SNL for years, plus he's done the rounds in stand-up comedy so it was with anticipation I read this a sort-of-memoir written in the form of essays, and it did not disappoint. The stories range from hilarious to moving (his mother is amazing) to crude (one piece, in particular, is a little too much TMI but at the same time funny), but they are all entertaining. I was a tad disappointed he didn't do a bit more dishing about his relationship with ScarJo but that's his prerogative and I respect him for it. Jost's "memoir" is a good bet for readers who have enjoyed the books of conversational essays by young celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Amy Schumer, Busy Philips, Tiffany Haddish, Joel McHale. Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital reading copy.
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  • Lorri Steinbacher
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly thought I was going to hate read this book because, honestly, he does have a very punchable face. That said, I very much enjoyed Jost's perspective on growing up and figuring life out. Jost proves that having a sense of humor about yourself can be both a defense mechanism and a career strategy at the same time.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks, Netgalley for the advanced copy! As my fiancee will tell you - I literally laughed out loud in bed reading this book. I guess I'm getting to the point where people my age are writing these memoirs and I can see a lot of myself in their experiences. It's always fun to see how much of celebs normal lives can mirror your own (well right up till that getting famous part). I know there is a lot of Colin Jost hate out there, but really it's unfound. Though he does have a very punchable face to Thanks, Netgalley for the advanced copy! As my fiancee will tell you - I literally laughed out loud in bed reading this book. I guess I'm getting to the point where people my age are writing these memoirs and I can see a lot of myself in their experiences. It's always fun to see how much of celebs normal lives can mirror your own (well right up till that getting famous part). I know there is a lot of Colin Jost hate out there, but really it's unfound. Though he does have a very punchable face to be completely honest.
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  • Amanda McGill
    January 1, 1970
    Wasn't the worst, but also wasn't the best essay style novel I have read. I really enjoyed reading about Colin's stories on growing up. I especially loved the story of Colin's mother (the former chief medical officer for the New York City Fire Department) and what she experienced on 9/11.There were some stories about SNL, like how Colin got onto the show as one of the writers and his transition into head writer and Weekend Update anchor. I was surprised that there wasn't too many behind the Wasn't the worst, but also wasn't the best essay style novel I have read. I really enjoyed reading about Colin's stories on growing up. I especially loved the story of Colin's mother (the former chief medical officer for the New York City Fire Department) and what she experienced on 9/11.There were some stories about SNL, like how Colin got onto the show as one of the writers and his transition into head writer and Weekend Update anchor. I was surprised that there wasn't too many behind the scene stories or details. Also there was next to nothing about his fiancee Scarlett Johansson, so definitely don't go into this memoir expecting juicy details about their relationship. Thank you to Netgallery and Crown Publishing for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Boz
    January 1, 1970
    I never knew I had an interest in reading a book of essays written by Colin Jost until I started reading a book of essays written by Colin Jost. He did a fantastic job peeling back the layers of his early life. When he first appeared on Weekend Update in 2014, several people assumed he was a smug elitist from a wealthy family because he went to Harvard, but he had relatively humble middle class beginning and this book just goes to show that you never can tell a persons whole story just by I never knew I had an interest in reading a book of essays written by Colin Jost until I started reading a book of essays written by Colin Jost. He did a fantastic job peeling back the layers of his early life. When he first appeared on Weekend Update in 2014, several people assumed he was a smug elitist from a wealthy family because he went to Harvard, but he had relatively humble middle class beginning and this book just goes to show that you never can tell a person’s whole story just by looking at them. The book is also contains behind the scenes stories at SNL and several stories of Jose getting injured. Would have been nice to hear more about his personal life, but I understand that he’s a private person. A surprisingly sweet, fast, and funny read.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say about Colin Jost, America's most humble celebrity, honorably using his book as a platform to make the common man feel better about him self. "I have no job, no money, no family, but at least I haven't shit my pants five times as an adult like cooky Colin!" We all know Jost is really at home, cuddling his Emmy nominations, writing his next Weekend Update about his perfect hair and loving mother.This review sounds angry, but I actually loved peering into Jost's mind and learning What can I say about Colin Jost, America's most humble celebrity, honorably using his book as a platform to make the common man feel better about him self. "I have no job, no money, no family, but at least I haven't shit my pants five times as an adult like cooky Colin!" We all know Jost is really at home, cuddling his Emmy nominations, writing his next Weekend Update about his perfect hair and loving mother.This review sounds angry, but I actually loved peering into Jost's mind and learning more about what got him interested in comedy. His drive and passion for the field are inspiring, and this well-written, punchy memoir makes you feel like if you met him in real life, Jost would give you the time of day and consider you a friend.
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  • Mhughessc
    January 1, 1970
    "A Very Punchable Face" is a memoir authored by Colin Jost, who is best known for his writing on "Saturday Night Live." While I enjoyed reading about the backstage happenings at SNL, I could have done without Colin's exploits of his college days and all the vices that included.Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Im pretty sure I just fell in love with Colin Jost. I’m pretty sure I just fell in love with Colin Jost.
  • Jamie G
    January 1, 1970
    I love Weekend Update, though Ive always gone back and forth on an essential question: is Colin a total douche bag IRL or a really nice guy? Im glad to report that after reading his memoir, its the latter. In some ways, this reads as a coming of age story; Colin even admits that he feels hes just having a quarter life crisis due to spending the past 15 years on SNL. Many celebrities admittedly use ghost writers for memoirs, but that isnt the case here. Colins voice is extremely prominent. While I love Weekend Update, though I’ve always gone back and forth on an essential question: is Colin a total douche bag IRL or a really nice guy? I’m glad to report that after reading his memoir, it’s the latter. In some ways, this reads as a “coming of age” story; Colin even admits that he feels he’s just having a quarter life crisis due to spending the past 15 years on SNL. Many celebrities admittedly use ghost writers for memoirs, but that isn’t the case here. Colin’s voice is extremely prominent. While much of the narrative is silly and sarcastic, it maintains sincerity. He’s genuine, and dare I say, relatable. The chapters are short but focused. He never provides so many details that your eyes will glaze over. There’s a nice balance of humor and intellectual insight. The book is for a wide audience, which will serve Colin well upon publication. SNL fans will be thrilled to see so many chapters dedicated to “behind the scenes” life and a section dedicated to FAQs. Aspiring writers and comedians will enjoy Colin’s candor and anecdotes of the “behind the scenes” of his life as a creator. I feel he treaded a little too carefully in the chapter about Trump hosting SNL. It felt like he was holding back, which was the opposite of the tone of the rest of the book. I get the feeling he may have had more to say, but was advised otherwise. And yes, he does talk about his future with SNL... but that’s not for me to spoil.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much more to Colin Jost than his SNL Weekend Update persona. I grew up watching SNL in the early days of the show and have been a lifelong fan. I started reading this for, hopefully, the laughs. It did not disappoint in that department. It was extremely funny and hard to put down (as in, I'm supposed to be working but am instead sneakily reading my book instead)! This book is a lot more than just laughs though, with the serious bits equally as interesting to this reader. Reading this There is so much more to Colin Jost than his SNL Weekend Update persona. I grew up watching SNL in the early days of the show and have been a lifelong fan. I started reading this for, hopefully, the laughs. It did not disappoint in that department. It was extremely funny and hard to put down (as in, I'm supposed to be working but am instead sneakily reading my book instead)! This book is a lot more than just laughs though, with the serious bits equally as interesting to this reader. Reading this book brightened my week! Thank you to Edelweiss and Crown publishing for the advance copy.
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  • Cristie Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    This was an awesome read, as it gave a lot of background about what goes on behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live. The authors ability to transition from the hilarious to the heartbreaking moments of his life makes this author relatable. It was enlightening to read about the early successes and failures on the way to success as well. Overall, this was a great read! This was an awesome read, as it gave a lot of background about what goes on behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live. The author’s ability to transition from the hilarious to the heartbreaking moments of his life makes this author relatable. It was enlightening to read about the early successes and failures on the way to success as well. Overall, this was a great read!
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  • Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
    January 1, 1970
    I know little about Colin Jost except for three facts: he is 1/2 of the fantastic duo I adore on SNL Weekend Update, hes got a beautiful fiancé, and a he has a pretty sweet job. Other than that, hes a complete mystery to me. I went into this with an open mind and zero expectation. The only hope I had was finding out what makes Aidy Bryant so evil, but sadly I was disappointed 😆 JK..This book had me laughing out loud and chuckling hard in inappropriate places where people would look at me I know little about Colin Jost except for three facts: he is 1/2 of the fantastic duo I adore on SNL Weekend Update, he’s got a beautiful fiancé, and a he has a pretty sweet job. Other than that, he’s a complete mystery to me. I went into this with an open mind and zero expectation. The only hope I had was finding out what makes Aidy Bryant so evil, but sadly I was disappointed 😆 JK..This book had me laughing out loud and chuckling hard in inappropriate places where people would look at me thinking “is she OK? She’s just looking at her phone and busting out laughing in a almost empty ferry boat.” Honestly this was a hilarious and fun to read. His stories have the perfect blend of sarcasm and wit accompanied by a huge dose of empathy. He was able to take some of the worst times or serious moments in his life and make them relatable with humor..I can hear his voice while reading this. It’s like I’m having a conversation with him, learning about him through his own words. He didn’t try to make his life grander or opulent. He didn’t throw in stories just to name drop and make us feel envious. He talked about the things and events that shaped his life and challenges he faced that helped develop the person he is today. There are parts of this story that are embarrassing and hysterical, you cannot believe this happened to a person. These are parts that make you appreciate that Colin took the time to write out these experiences and pieces of his history..His footnotes were amazing. The little tidbits he added were the perfect touch to the end of that sentence. There were so many facts about this book that were nonsense, yet you totally needed them. For example when you’re reading, you will come across the menu from Margaritaville, recreated from Colin’s memory. You will then think to yourself “was this really necessary?” And the answer is YES. Now do I not only appreciate Jimmy Buffett and the role he played in Colins life, but now I’m so hungry for these objects I need to go to Margaritaville right away. Touché Colin, I hope Jimmy B. has a reserved table just for you at all the establishments across the US..I realized that reviewing someone’s memoir is really unfair. How can I rate someone who has opened themselves, divulged their inner thoughts and personal experiences; especially when it comes to celebrities. But this book and his story were shared in the perfect way. I loved getting more insight on SNL and the dynamics that goes on behind the scenes, and his relationships with the writing staff and cast members whom I adore. This book makes me want to punch his face less now that I had a little glimpse into who he is. Again, Touché Collin, I see the kind of reverse psychology manipulation that you executed..Thank you to Colin for writing this amazing book and giving us insight on why his face is so punchable and the many people who have tried to punch it and Netgally and Crown Publishing for this eARC
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  • Bryan Thurston
    January 1, 1970
    For me, it's just short of Tina Fey's "Bossypants" because I think that book does a similar thing slightly better. As someone who doesn't read a lot of memoirs, I think "in the realm of but not quite 'Bossypants'" is pretty high praise. It's funny and honest, and something you can read quickly and easily. If you have the opportunity to read it, why not?I actually think that the novel's at its best when it's more honest than funny. The chapter on his mother was probably my favorite. When he's For me, it's just short of Tina Fey's "Bossypants" because I think that book does a similar thing slightly better. As someone who doesn't read a lot of memoirs, I think "in the realm of but not quite 'Bossypants'" is pretty high praise. It's funny and honest, and something you can read quickly and easily. If you have the opportunity to read it, why not?I actually think that the novel's at its best when it's more honest than funny. The chapter on his mother was probably my favorite. When he's writing about her and writing about the chaos of her experience on September 11th, he becomes vulnerable in a way that not even the "pants pooping" chapter can achieve. He has a very good eye for the details that make an experience vivid and raw, and it's these aspects of his personality and writing that make his humor so enjoyable. Another highlight is the experience with hosting the Emmy's. It's a similar thing.There are definitely some bro-y moments that make you roll your eyes. He does a pretty good job of being self-depracating in those moments, but they feel a bit immature. As he says in the end, he's caught in a sort of quarter-life crisis working at SNL, and it shows through here and there.I would recommend you read this before "Bossypants", but I'd recommend it all the same.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know the last time I laughed out loud so much from a book! I had always liked Colin on Saturday Night Live and knew he was a writer, but now I love him so much more. His stories were hilarious and I loved how he constantly shared his thought processes. A few of my favorite essays involved pooping your pants and his limited experiences with drugs; I had tears from laughing so much and imagining it happening. I will definitely be purchasing this book as gifts for friends. A hilarious read! I don't know the last time I laughed out loud so much from a book! I had always liked Colin on Saturday Night Live and knew he was a writer, but now I love him so much more. His stories were hilarious and I loved how he constantly shared his thought processes. A few of my favorite essays involved pooping your pants and his limited experiences with drugs; I had tears from laughing so much and imagining it happening. I will definitely be purchasing this book as gifts for friends. A hilarious read! IThank you #Netgalley for the advanced copy!
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a fan of Colin Jost and his work on SNL but it was really interesting to read where he came from and where his career began. What stunned me was that he is a Harvard graduate but when I see his work on SNL and on Weekend Update, it is totally clear. Some of the stories of his past I could not help but smile and laugh so hard, it was This book was received as an ARC from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a fan of Colin Jost and his work on SNL but it was really interesting to read where he came from and where his career began. What stunned me was that he is a Harvard graduate but when I see his work on SNL and on Weekend Update, it is totally clear. Some of the stories of his past I could not help but smile and laugh so hard, it was all hysterical. My jaw was dropped wide open when he told the story of the insect laying eggs in his legs, now that's something you don't read everyday. Page to page, cover to cover I absolutely could not get enough of this book. I was a fan of Colin, now I am more. It was a fun read that I am sure our community will enjoy, especially if they are fans of SNL.We will consider adding this title to our Biography collection in our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Marika
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I watch Saturday Night Live, and Weekend Update is reliably one of my favorite segments, so I came into this liking Colin Jost. He writes as if he's telling you a story on the couch with a beer - self-deprecating, carefree, and of course, funny. It could get a bit wayward and unfocused at times, but I think the style works in the context of his narrative voice and the story itself and how it comes into focus in the epilogue. At first, I felt the chapters were almost I really enjoyed this book. I watch Saturday Night Live, and Weekend Update is reliably one of my favorite segments, so I came into this liking Colin Jost. He writes as if he's telling you a story on the couch with a beer - self-deprecating, carefree, and of course, funny. It could get a bit wayward and unfocused at times, but I think the style works in the context of his narrative voice and the story itself and how it comes into focus in the epilogue. At first, I felt the chapters were almost too short, but I ended up liking how they were little moments from his life - this isn't a biography. It's relatable and laugh-out-loud funny, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes SNL or the comedy scene.Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the ARC.
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  • Rather.be.reading1
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. I love watching Jost on Saturday Night Live so I was very excited about this one. I definitely learned a lot about him, even though he is barely 37 years old, and I really enjoyed that his comedy came through the pages on this one. There are some politics in it, but it did not take over the book and you can easily skip that chapter. This is exactly what I wanted and expected from a book on Colin Jost.
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  • Tfalcone
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. Enjoyed this witty memoir by Colin Jost. It is interesting how some of the SNL regulars get to be on the show and what their background is.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I have to start by saying that I am a huge SNL fan. When I saw Colin Jost was writing a book, I knew Id have to read it. And Im so glad I did! Joshs voice comes across loud and clear in his writing. He is so relatable and open, somewhat self deprecating, and his stories all felt very authentic. I found myself laughing out loud during a few stories and thinking awww, what a sweetheart during others. His behind the scenes peek at the world of Saturday Night Live was fascinating and his stories I have to start by saying that I am a huge SNL fan. When I saw Colin Jost was writing a book, I knew I’d have to read it. And I’m so glad I did! Josh’s voice comes across loud and clear in his writing. He is so relatable and open, somewhat self deprecating, and his stories all felt very authentic. I found myself laughing out loud during a few stories and thinking “awww, what a sweetheart” during others. His behind the scenes peek at the world of Saturday Night Live was fascinating and his stories about his co-workers were hilarious. Encompassing his early years growing up on Staten Island, to his life today, as a head writer on Saturday Night Live, this book had it all. Heart, humor, and a ton of hilarity.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    I knew nothing about Colin Jost before reading this book, but love books that make me laugh. This book made me laugh until I cried. There were more serious parts, such as his Mother's experiences on 9/11, that were equally interesting. A good read.I read an arc from Edelweiss.
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  • Alex Lam
    January 1, 1970
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.First, a brief anecdote. The day this book came in the mail, my daughter (15) saw it on my desk and we had this exchange:Her: Doesn't he live in New York?Me (having not yet read the "About the Author"note): I don't know, but he did grow up on Staten Island.Her: Really? Ew.Sorry, Colin.I imagine that I'm like most folks who recognize Mr. Jost's name in that my entire exposure to him has been via Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. Whether true or I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.First, a brief anecdote. The day this book came in the mail, my daughter (15) saw it on my desk and we had this exchange:Her: Doesn't he live in New York?Me (having not yet read the "About the Author"note): I don't know, but he did grow up on Staten Island.Her: Really? Ew.Sorry, Colin.I imagine that I'm like most folks who recognize Mr. Jost's name in that my entire exposure to him has been via Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. Whether true or not, I tended to think of him as the less edgy "yin" to Michael Che's more confrontational "yang." So I began this book with the expectation that this memoir would be pretty much in the same vein--funny, but in a "sensible chuckle" sort of way.And for the most part, that's pretty much exactly what this is. What was surprising was the degree of openness that he presents. There is the self-deprecation one would expect from a comedian, but also a degree of emotional openness that was both unexpected and welcome. While it's somewhat common knowledge that fellow SNL cast member Pete Davidson's father died on 9/11, I had no idea that Colin Jost's mother was the NYFD's chief medical officer and that she had driven in to work in Lower Manhattan that day and almost lost her life more than once because of it. That chapter is one of the highlights of the book.There were a number of other points of interest, particularly for anyone interested in the inner workings of SNL, such as: how the days in the week leading up to a show break down, how many sketches he's actually written parts of (spoiler alert: it's a lot, including 'Diner Lobster.'), how new blood is brought onto the show, and what the range of salaries are. Also surprising were some of the details about him personally. For example, what looks like a perfect face on TV has actually been stitched up six times. Mr. Jost likes to drink at a level one would expect of a NYC firefighter when he's off-duty back on Staten Island. And that he's shit his pants quite a number of times. We're talking "should we get grandpa to a managed care facility so we can stop dealing with this" level of pants-shitting.It also provided the answer as to why he chose to write this now, when he's not even 40 and appears to be in fine health (facial scarring and pants shitting aside). That's also answered, as evidently he's decided that he's going to be ending his SNL run soon.* So this seems like it will be the end of an era in his life, and a fine time to take stock of how he got to this point. Plus, let's face it, he's going to need the extra two to three thousand bucks a year in royalties to help cushion the financial hit he's going to take until he's able to land that "Preppy Asshole #2" role in the "Pretty in Pink" reboot.Recommended for fans of SNL or comedians in general, or Mr. Jost in particular. *-The book was written prior to Covid-19, so one would imagine that this timeline is very much in flux.
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