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  • A Very Punchable Face

  • A Memoir
  • By: Colin Jost
  • Narrated by: Colin Jost
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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A Very Punchable Face

By: Colin Jost
Narrated by: Colin Jost
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating.

“I always wanted to punch his face before I read this book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls.” (Larry David)

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Cosmopolitan, Vulture, and Parade

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 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, Jost shares how he has navigated the world like a slightly smarter Forrest Gump. 

You’ll also discover things about Jost that will surprise and confuse you, like how Jimmy Buffett saved his life, how Czech teenagers attacked him with potato salad, how an insect laid eggs inside his legs, and how he competed in a 25-man match at WrestleMania (and almost won). You'll go behind the scenes at SNL and Weekend Update (where he's written some of the most memorable sketches and jokes of the past 15 years). And you’ll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian - from performing in rural college 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). Told with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, 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.

©2020 Colin Jost (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Colin Jost is as funny as his face is punchable. Which is to say: very. He also knows a lot about Staten Island, soiling himself, internal parasites, and firemen’s pensions. He’s really the whole package. And if you care about comedy - writing it, performing it, watching it, or giving up any semblance of a normal adult life for it - so is his book." (Zadie Smith)

"Colin Jost is one of the best people I know and one hell of a writer. This book proves both to be true." (Seth Meyers)

"I was caught off guard by how much I enjoyed this book, considering how indifferent I feel about Colin as a person." (Amy Schumer)

"An inspiring story that reminds us that if you are born with looks and talent, you can still make it." (Conan O’Brien)

"I think this book is fantastic. I haven’t read a single word of it, but it’s got everything I want in a book - a front, a back, a good spine. And it’s got some heft. Whoever wrote this book knew what she was doing. Well done." (Michael Che)

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So good

A good and funny look into his life and upbringing. The chapter "why I love my mom" pulled at my heart strings and you can feel the emotion Colin has while he speaks about why he loves and admires his mum.

Overall, it was a great listen!

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The story and anecdotes

This has been one of my favourite audio books and i loved the way Colin read it. At times it had me gasping, cringing and mostly laughing to the point i was given multiple weird looks. This is a must read and something i will definitely listen to again.

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What A Joy!

What a delightfully light and sweet glimpse into heart and mind of one of the USA’s great young comedians. His vocal performance is excellent! (I wish he would read more books for us- hey Colin! That next gig? Audio book and meditation voice work?). It was a joy to listen to the various aspects of his life, speckled with reverence and heartfelt sincerity amongst the wit and humour. Beautifully written and performed. Just wish it kept going! I shall await the next instalment.

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Great!

Great! Enjoyable, but now to see if all the photos he mentions are available via Google search!

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Wonderfully told story from an interesting person

Fantastically interesting and easy bio to listen to. Jost has a great story telling manner and interesting things to say.

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A very funny book

As a fan of SNL and Weekend Update but with little to no knowledge about the life of Colin Jost I immensely enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out loud and even managed to feel emotional as he talked about his mother. Huge plus was listening to him read his own stories. Also he must use amazing make up coz you can’t tell he’s had multiple sets of stitches on his face.

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