A Very Punchable Face

A Very Punchable Face

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 and Weekend Update (where he’s written some of the most memorable sketches and jokes of the past fifteen years). 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.

Title:A Very Punchable Face
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781101906323
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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 remotel...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    So hilarious, ultra smart, laugh out loud guaranteed memoir! 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 t...

  • Miranda Reads

    Hey! January 2021 Reading Vlog is up!! 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.And let me a...

  • Regina

    “I always wanted to punch his face before I read his book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls.” ~Larry DavidHey Larry, I hear you. Has there been a more aptly named memoir than this one? Cou...

  • Lori

    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 als...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Ever finish a book that’s quite fun and you’re curious to read what everyone else said? Then spend your lunch break ( after your 2 hour hike)...apples, berries, and yogurt: thank you, .... ....onl...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    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...

  • Matthew

    I recently had a friend text me and say something about how people toss around the acronym LOL, but they are not really laughing out loud. But, every once in a while you see or hear something funny an...

  • Holly

    I started reading this on election day in the US and fittingly finished it on Saturday when they announced Biden was the projected winner. I badly needed a funny book during this uncertain time period...

  • Larry H

    A Very Punchable Face , Colin Jost's memoir, is both funny and introspective.I don’t read a lot of memoirs, particularly those written by celebrities, but when I was in the airport the other day ...