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A Very Punchable Face

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  6,500 ratings  ·  1,031 reviews
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 Fa
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Colin Jost has worked at SNL for fifteen years. head writer for nine, host of Weekend Update since Seth Myers left in 2014 and has co-hosted with his bestie Michael Che pretty much ever since...

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
Susanne  Strong
Colin Jost is an icon. Harvard Alum. Head Writer at SNL, host of Weekend Update.

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
Jenny (Reading Envy)
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 l
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a Colin Jost fan prior to reading this and this book just cements my opinion of him. He is humorous and does not take himself too serious and I like that in a person.

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
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 incide
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Andrea Pole
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Childhood memories in Staten Island were absolutely hilarious. I mean laughing out loud til hubby and I were crying hilarious. The chapter about his mom (chief medical officer of the FDNY) during 9/11 made us tear up too, but in sadness and admiration for this real life hero. Wow. The young adult stuff from Harvard Lampoon to his early years writing at SNL were interesting, insightful and entertaining. Then, everything about his Weekend Update gig and peripheral anecdotes was dead boring, canned ...more
Kim Noggle
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful, funny, refreshing book to read especially during a season where there is so much unrest in all of life and what is going on around us. I grew up at the beginning of SNL and was not really familiar with Colin, Michael Che, and many of the other cast members mentioned, as I became an infrequent watcher over the years. I thought to myself, “How can these new kids be better than Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and Jane Curtain?”

I ended up taking breaks durin
Melissa Long
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
These Violent Delights (Robin)
This book was everything I thought it would be, so I got everything I wanted out of it.

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
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just the laughs I needed! (Muffled through a COVID face mask.)
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020, kindle
This is a must-read for any SNL lover! Or comedy lover! I am a lifelong SNL fan, and I have always been so interested in and intrigued by the world of comedy, so this was right up my alley!⁣⁣
It’s rare for a memoir to make me actually laugh out loud, but Colin Jost’s did exactly that. His writing is so smart and so fresh and so hilarious, and his personality leapt off the page. I loved learning about his childhood, his time at Harvard, and the ins and outs of his SNL career, and I laughed so ha
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 out ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure I just fell in love with Colin Jost.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
A delightful, hilarious, and insightful memoir from Colin Jost. I'm a sucker for behind the scenes SNL info but Jost goes way past that. He tells stories from his life that are funny and touching. I'll admit to being very skeptical of him in his early days on Weekend Update but I am impressed at his progress and making it into his own thing. Jost does a great job of walking the reader through this whole process. For those looking for any ScarJo drama/info however, look elsewhere. She's barely me ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is anyone surprised that this is one of the funniest books I've ever read?
Eli Johnson
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 - Hilarious. Surprisingly, the parts about “Saturday Night Live” were my least favorite (except the chapter about Trump hosting in 2015) because Jost’s humor comes through best while talking about his middle and high school self or how prone he is to odd injuries. The chapter of his mom on 9/11 is a beautiful and chilling highlight.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2020
3.5 - Parts of Colin Jost’s memoir were extremely funny, parts were touching, and parts had interesting behind the scenes info about SNL. However, I was left just wanting more from this book. I felt like because he’s still currently employed by SNL that he didn’t go as far as he could’ve if this book was written after his time on the show had ended.

I think the strongest chapter in the book was the one about his mother. It made me cry, something I wasn’t expecting to do while reading a comedian’
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall, I’d say the existence of this book is totally unnecessary. Another Harvard-and-Regis-educated white man who’s lead a wildly successful and privileged life writes a memoir while in his mid-thirties. The world does not need this at this juncture in time. Nor does he really have enough interesting content to produce a full length memoir, so the books rather short.

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
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
In times like this, I think we all could use some good "I pooped my pants" stories, amirite?

And oh boy, does Colin Jost deliver.

I love SNL. I've loved it from the time I first saw it in the 80s... and I still love it now. Every cast brings their own kinda funny and I need ALL the funny these days.

From early childhood stories of hilarity, to backstage peeks at "making it" as a comedian, and all the inside dirt on SNL you could want... this book is SO FUNNY. And it makes sense, because Colin had
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars.
Yeah, so...I loved this book! I’ve read many books/memoirs from comedians, but I think this has been my favorite one so far. I’m not a hardcore SNL viewer, but I’ve watched enough through the years, and always enjoyed Colin’s take on Weekend Update. It’s no wonder he’s a head writer on the show, because he knows how to tell a story—well! I laughed out loud on so many occasions, that my cat started to look at me funny. There’s a more serious chapter about his mom, which was very touch
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pretty typical celeb humor memoir. Use of asterisks w/ footnotes as a comedic medium, which I don't really get why that's such a thing. Some chapters were a bit lazy, essentially elaborated lists. It was not very personal, in a way that made it feel fairly superficial and cliche. The part about his childhood was good, though a little heavy on the self-deprecating/insecure "I used to be fat and uncool" jokes. After that, lots of poop jokes and sex jokes, and like, this guy is not that woke, imo. ...more
Samantha Londer
i'm a little embarrassed that i laughed as much as i did while listening to this.

he actually told one of my favorite stories from this book in an interview:
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I do not usually choose audiobooks, because I prefer flipping the pages myself. However! I greatly enjoy when comedians read their own books— it’s much funnier to hear them tell their stories aloud. So I 100% recommend doing audiobook for this one! What a delightful collection of absurd mishaps and injuries this was. A nice change of pace while I am on month 2 of war and peace.
Tom Klarquist
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you watch SNL, you will find this a fun read. While he is by all accounts too young to really be writing his life story, it is more the humor he infuses his story with more than anything exciting in his life.
Various points of the book had me laughing so hard I couldn't see the page anymore. The SNL portion of the story is good though I think the earlier parts were in comparison more interesting. He also is very humble and realistic about his "fame" which made me like him more after reading th
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
An interesting peek into Colin's life from him growing up on Staten Island, his very personal connection with the events of 9/11, deciding to become a writer and make people laugh to him becoming head writer on SNL and pitching sketches to Donald Trump a week before he became "President". There are some funny moments, a lot of puns and the delivery is similar to the way he presents the weekly update but despite an entire chapter about him soiling his pants there just wasn't much laugh out loud s ...more
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Colin Jost is a head writer at Saturday Night Live, a Weekend Update co-anchor, and a touring stand-up comedian. He has five Writers Guild Awards, two Peabody Awards, and a PETA Elly Award for the sketch “Diner Lobster.” He’s also been nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards and lost every time. He lives in New York and in the hearts of children everywhere.

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