A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I started reading this when the publication date was still listed as
April, but now it has been pushed to July. (I think this is going to
happen a lot while so much is shut down.)
If you know Colin Jost
from Saturday Night Live, then you are familiar with the tone of this
book - in fact we've seen a few of the SNL from Home episodes and if
you've watched that version of Weekend Update, the funny without the
laughter, just kind of sent out into the universe - that's how this book
feels to me.
The last few chapters are about what it's like to
be a writer or Weekend Update co-host on SNL, but the majority of the
book is about his life before that, including childhood. It's like a
mixture of Rescue Me (Staten Island version) and... male Gilmore Girls
maybe? Small town smart kid has to go to the big city and ends up at
Harvard, only to turn towards career paths like small town newspapers,
stand-up, and writing for television. Colin Gilmore.
enjoyed it. Honestly if Rescue Me hadn't already done it, I think his
family's story is compelling enough for its own book or tv series
(especially his mother, who has the most holy shit story of the entire
book) - and when I thought Colin had leishmaniasis I started swearing so
I'm glad he threw some of those tangent chapters in. His description of
the Staten Island Ferry is probably award worthy. He humble-brag
downplays some of his accomplishments in the way a white Catholic-raised
male has to these days, but they really are quite significant. His
descriptions of speech & debate tournaments are spot on (but then
you realize he went to freaking nationals, hello.) He is comfortable
making fun of himself, a brand that he has carried with him into SNL.
Now this comes out in July, the 14th last I saw, so keep your eyes out!
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