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A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir

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A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir

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, Colin 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 25 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 15 years) and Weekend Update (where he’s forced by Michael Che to tell racist jokes). 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: A Memoir
by Colin Jost

  • Publication Date: July 13, 2021
  • Genres: Essays, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown
  • ISBN-10: 1101906340
  • ISBN-13: 9781101906347