Quick Book Review: “A Very Punchable Face” by Colin Jost

A Very Punchable Face, by Colin Jost.  This is a really funny memoir by Saturday Night Live comedy writer and Weekend Update host Colin Jost.  It’s filled with hilarious, self-deprecating stories from his childhood as well as his life as a stand-up comic and SNL cast member.  The stories in the book are really, really funny.  Laugh-out-loud funny.  There’s a lot of drinking described, as well as vomiting and pooping one’s pants.  Funny stories involving edibles, Jimmy Buffet, and Google.  Interspersed with the hilarious tales is a lot of wisdom, self-awareness, and humility (his appreciation for books and education, his intense dedication to comedy and his fanatical work ethic), and a really moving, excellent chapter about his mother, who was a first responder during 9/11.  I wasn’t all that familiar with his work on SNL other than catching a few episodes of Weekend Update, but it really doesn’t matter.  It’s just a really funny, irreverent book from an excellent writer who definitely does not take himself too seriously.  Highly recommended.  

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