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A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir Paperback – July 13 2021
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“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 • 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 twenty-five-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 fifteen 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.
From the Publisher
“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
About the Author
- Publisher : Crown; Reprint edition (July 13 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101906340
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101906347
- Item weight : 249 g
- Dimensions : 13.13 x 1.73 x 20.02 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #327 in Humorous Essays (Books)
- #948 in Entertainer
- #1,034 in Actor Biographies
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Recommend it . I might read it when he is done.
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This is a humerous, self-deprecating book that covers a lot of ground. There's Colin's upbringing in Staten Island, going to Harvard and then his progression through SNL. The Saturday Night Live bits are genuinely interesting and insightful - there's a few tongue-in-cheek moments but he does spill some beans.
Man... is he accident-prone, innocent and a magnet for embarrassing problems! I don't know if comedians get themselves into these situations, or these situations create a comedian, but they are all cringeworthy, funny and believable.
He really does seem to be genuinely surprised at what life has turned up, and comes across as a guy you'd like to have as a buddy.
It's a funny book and an easy read - not sure whether it will interest anyone who doesn't know SNL though. 4 stars if you're an SNL fan, and probably quite a few less if you're not.
Reviewed in Brazil 🇧🇷 on August 8, 2020