xiv, 315 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Finding my voice -- Wait, you're from Staten Island? -- You're gonna need stitches -- I become a commuter at age fourteen -- Sports for nerds -- What is Harvard like? -- Fools in a castle -- Why I love my Mom -- To Russia with love -- I leave Staten Island and immediately get a job back on Staten Island -- I apply to every TV show in America -- Being a staff writer at SNL was the most fun I'll ever have in my life -- Oops, I fell asleep in a graveyard -- Top banana -- Okay, so maybe I've shit my pants a couple times -- Night school -- Hand job -- SNL sketchbook -- Weekend Update, part I: Am I destroying a beloved franchise? -- Weekend Update, interlude: Am I still doing Weekend Update? -- Weekend Update, part II: Figuring shit out -- The time Jimmy Buffett saved my life (and I don't just mean with his music) -- SNL FAQs -- And your host... Donald Trump! -- The chapter about alcohol and drugs -- My visit to Google -- Notes from the censor -- Worst Emmys ever -- Tomato, potato -- The time I fought in WrestleMania (and almost won) -- Eggs in my legs -- Epilogue: Leaving home.
"Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor, Colin Jost, has six sets of stitches on his face alone. He's been punched in at least four different sketches on Saturday Night Live, including once by his boss, Lorne Michaels. But 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 as an overweight kid 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 (and choosing comedy instead!), Colin shares how he has navigated the world like a "slightly smarter Forrest Gump." You'll also discover things about Colin that will surprise and confuse you. You'll go behind the scenes at SNL (where he's written some of the most iconic sketches and characters of the past fifteen years) and Weekend Update (where's he's been "the white guy next to Leslie Jones.") And you'll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian-from performing in rural 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.) 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Online version: Jost, Colin, 1982- A very punchable face New York : Crown, 2020. 9781101906330 (DLC) 2019059125