A Very Punchable Face
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 Fa ...more
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I truly picked this book up with the most middling of expectations. Maybe one ...more
OMG, I adored the name of it! Don’t get me wrong! Colin Jost has nice, smiley face and he’s not one of those douchebag characters at the thriller books I want to punch several times to punish severely. But something about his smile makes my fists itchy!
Anyways as a loyal and longtime fan of SNL at first when Colin Jost and Michael Che took over weekend update from Seth Meyers, I got a little frustrated. Mr. Meyers was doing such a gr ...more
I think the mark of a good humor memoir is if someone who hasn't heard of the author before can walk away from the book saying they had a good time.
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And let me assure you. I had a good time.
For those not in the know (like myself), Colin Jost has had an illustrious career in comedy. He began by writing for his college's newspaper and eventually made it to SNL's head writer.
He does between 50-100 standup comedy routines a year, became the weekend-update cohos ...more
Hey Larry, I hear you. Has there been a more aptly named memoir than this one? Count me among the many who just didn’t like Colin Jost for no real reason whatsoever, but fortunately I trusted my book-reviewing pals more than I disliked the guy. They were liking A Very Punchable Face more than I could have expected. And guess what? After reading it now I like him!
For anyone wondering ...more
He also attended Harvard, edited the Lampoon, majored in Russian Lit and wrote a thesis paper entitled "Double Cross: The Double as Delusion in Nabokov's Novels 'The Eye' and 'Despair," which likely had keen insights but being Colin Jost he also makes great fun of the titles of school papers. He spent tim ...more
Then spend your lunch break ( after your 2 hour hike)...
apples, berries, and yogurt: thank you, ....
....only to find the reviews almost as much fun as the book itself?
When I first received this book in the mail ( thank you, Mimi), about six weeks ago, give or take a few weeks....I didn’t even recognize the
“VERY PUNCHABLE FACE”....on the book cover..
SNL, comedian?? Ok?/!!!
I don’t stay up late enough to watc ...more
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 ...more
If you don't watch SNL or are not familiar with Colin Jost, I don't think there is a point in reading this book. Sometimes a non-fiction book seems like it could be easily appreciate ...more
I don't even watch SNL that much, but for some ...more
I don’t read a lot of memoirs, particularly those written by celebrities, but when I was in the airport the other day looking for a backup book for a cross-country flight, I saw Colin Jost’s face staring at me and I decided to pick this one up. While I watch Saturday Night Live rarely, I do enjoy the "Weekend Update" segment that Jost does with Michael Che. I also think he and Scarlett Johansson make a great coup ...more
Brilliant, Funny, Self-Deprecating. Lover of his hometown: Staten Island.
In his Memoir, “A Very Punchable Face” he is affable, approachable, extremely funny and highly relatable. For a guy who is so famous, it’s impressive to discover how down to earth he really is.
Being from the East Coast, I laughed often as he told stories of growing up in Staten Island and absolutely adored that he defended it at all costs. The ...more
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 l ...more
Yes, this is a memoir. I'm usually not good with those. Most annoy me because the market is flooded with those of show business people that are full of themselves. Also, most of them are far too young to have anything interesting to say anyway. Judging by this book's cover, Jost should have been in that latter category. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that he had indeed a great ...more
I'm probably only one of very few people left in my age group still faithfully watching SNL. I still think it's funny, not like the good ole days with Eddie Murphy or Dana Carvey or Tina Fey, but I've gotten more discriminating. I DVR it and speed through the commercials and any of the skits that aren't making me laugh. However I always, always watch the cold open, and of course the Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che. Those two mak ...more
"I also just love books. They were my first escape and the only way I traveled and learned about the world without leaving the island I grew up on. Books were my ticket to a good high school and a good college. And books were how I learned about the pe ...more
You could say I was strongarmed into it. You could also say that I was enamored by SUCH A GREAT TITLE.
That being said, I still enjoyed myself with the content. During some of his early life stuff, I was positively flabbergasted by how much we had in common. Not t ...more
Jost rarely lets his past self’s behavior slide in the opening chapters. Stories of his years growing up on Staten Island, recurring incide ...more
This was a fun read. I never really watched SNL aside from when someone I liked was on there so I only vaguely knew what he was mentioning but it was still fun to hear about him and his work/home life. He seems like someone I would get along with if we bumped into ...more
I’ve read other famous folks memoirs and enjoyed them for the most part but this one is absolutely my favorite so far and that is saying a lot since I am a HUGE Ellen DeGeneres fan.
I cannot tell you how many times I laughed out loud during this book. He seems like someone I could easily be friends with…...He’s relatable, sar ...more
But that being said, Colin Jost is funny. I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading this. And I mean, he’s a good writ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I ended up taking breaks durin ...more
Colin is one of the best things to happen to SNL at least in my lifetime. So, of course I had to get this book. I think he is extremely talented and he makes me smile each time I see him on screen (even when the jokes aren't that funny, I'm just happy to see him). With that being said, when I got to the end of this book I was definitely screaming "NOOOOO!" like a banshee. I am happy for Colin and understand t ...more
All 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 ...more
What I learned from listening to his Audiobook:
He has been a writer for SNL for FIFTEEN years!
He even wrote some of my favorite skits.
He loves bathroom humor.
He is a pretty humble guy who loves his family.
He dislikes Aidy Bryant.
I decided to try really hard.”