Book Reviews

A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

He might look like a douche bag republican with a hefty inheritance (aka very punchable) but that couldn’t be further from who Colin Jost is. 

In this memoir, he details his experience growing up in Staten Island with firefighter parents, commuting three hours per day to high school, attending Harvard while Facebook was being created, and ultimately landing the job as a writer on Saturday Night Live. You’ll discover things about Jost you never knew, maybe a few things you never wanted to know (ie the time he pooped himself at a party!) You’ll get a behind the scenes look at SNL and it’s unforgiving schedule, as well as a close look at Weekend Update.

A Very Punchable Face details the man behind some of the dumbest sketches you’ve ever seen!


Oh my gosh, this book is hysterical. I haven’t done a lot of comedy reading in the past but Jost’s book was genuinely the funniest book I’ve ever read. My husband Bryan and I are big SNL fans; we love to watch the show on Sundays (because we are old people who can’t stay up past 10:30pm) and we’ve been longtime fans of Colin Jost. When we lived in Minneapolis, we saw him live at a casino near us and it was such a great night. So when I saw he had a book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. And I’m not exaggerating when I say I belly-laughed at this book!!

For this one, I listened to the audiobook. I love when books, typically memoirs, are read by the author because it really just feels like you’re chatting with the author. Colin Jost reads this book and I can’t imagine it any other way. It’s quite like 8 hours of listening to Colin do a stand-up routine. 

A Very Punchable Face is honest. It’s self-deprecating. What I found most interesting is how much life Colin Jost had prior to writing on SNL. He went to Harvard, where he was dormmates and friends with Pete Buttigeg! While the book is primarily hilarious, there are also serious topics too. For example, Jost details his mother’s role in saving several people on 9/11.

Not only did I not want to stop listening to this audiobook, I didn’t want it to end! Jost is a fantastic story-teller and he knows how to make it funny.

I can’t believe I’m going to say it, but this has got to be in my top 10 best books of 2020 — I’m not kidding, it is that hilarious. Do yourself a favor, read this book!

PUBLICATION DETAILS: Crown Publishing Group; July 14th 2020; 1101906324; Nonfiction/Memoir/Humor