A Very Punchable Face – Colin Jost


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 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 cohost and married Scarlett Johansson.

This book is a humorous look into the experiences that led him to where he is today which are (but are not limited to): getting internal parasites, pooping his pants, passing out in a cemetery in a foreign comedy, bombing local comedy shows, bombing comedy shows on national television and more stories about poop.

In short – it was a dang good book.

I loved his tone and the way he read his own book – great comedic timing. I liked how he gave just enough context for everything he’s done so that even me (a newbie) could laugh along with the long-time fans.

All in all, this is a lovely and funny read. Definitely recommend it!!

With thanks to Crown Publishing for sending this one my way!

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