A Very Punchable Face

I really do enjoy celebrity memoirs ,and I like SNL, but I’ve been mostly disappointed with SNL-adjacent memoirs in the past. This new book by Colin Jost, out this July, finally gives me what I want as a reader! Part memoir, part essay collection, lots of humor and jokes, and an actual behind-the-scenes look at SNL. As someone who loves the YouTube videos about the behind-SNL stuff (hair, cue cards, etc), this book really soared for me, even as someone who likes Weekend Update but goes weeks forgetting that Colin Jost exists.

Alright, so A Very Punchable Face is truly the best of both worlds–memoir and essay collection. Jost talks about growing up on Staten Island, his experiences as a child, commuting to school, worrying about his mom (who worked in medical for the fire department) on 9/11, and going to college–Harvard obviously–but he always talks extensively about his career up to SNL–writing at a newspaper, on a show, etc–and then about his time at SNL–from the interview to life on set to finding balance (you don’t lol) and getting Weekend Update and becoming head writer. As someone who HATED the Amy Poehler memoir for how it glossed over things, I loved this book and how it went into detail on this things with humor and realized what the reader wanted to know as much as what he wanted to tell.

Overall, I think this book works. Essay collections by known funny people can be tough, because sometimes they aren’t as funny as they think they are or they overthink things, and while not every piece of this book was my favorite, I think overall it works really well. The only part I HATED was towards the end where Jost admits he will probably leave SNL soon, though he doesn’t give an exact date. Does this mean he and ScarJo are going to have a baby, or is he about to launch a movie career? Stay tuned. I’ll be happy with either, tbh, but it will suck to see him go from SNL one day.

A Very Punchable Face is on sale everywhere July 14, 2020. 


One response to “A Very Punchable Face”

  1. McBRachel Avatar

    It’s sad that I didn’t even think about an SNL cast member as an author or even someone worthy of a book. My closed mind equates screen with screen and books with books.

    If you’d ever consider submitting some of your work for publication, Dixie State University has an online literary journal and is currently open for submissions.


    We are in dire need of fiction and nonfiction submissions like this. We also accept memoirs, audio recordings, visual art, book reviews, multimedia (video/audio), photography, etc. You can check us out at R7Review.com. The deadline to submit this year is November 6th.


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