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.