Colin Jost

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Head Writer, Saturday Night Live & Co-Anchor, "Weekend Update"

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Colin Jost: Biography at a Glance

  • Colin Jost is one of the head writers on Saturday Night Live and co-anchor of "Weekend Update."
  • Earned three Writers Guild awards, a Peabody Award, and been nominated for 9 Emmy awards
  • Published in the The New Yorker magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Huffington Post, Staten Island Advance and Radar
  • Performed stand-up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Chicago
  • Jost released his book, A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir in 2020




Colin Jost serves as a head writer at Saturday Night Live, television’s longest-running and most successful sketch and comedy show. Jost originally joined the show as a writer in 2005 and became a co-head writer in 2012. Jost has also co-anchored “Weekend Update” alongside fellow cast member Michael Che since 2014.  

Jost has won five Writers Guild Awards, two Peabody Awards, and has been nominated for 12 Emmy Awards for his writing on SNL. Jost and Che hosted special editions of “Weekend Update” on MSNBC during the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions as well as the primetime “Weekend Update Summer Edition” in 2017. In 2018, they co-hosted the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.  

Jost wrote Staten Island Summer, a coming-of-age comedy that was released by Paramount Pictures and produced by Lorne Michaels. Jost has since been seen in the films How to Be SingleComing 2 America, and Tom and Jerry​​​​​​.

As a writer, Jost has been published multiple times in The New Yorker and has contributed to the New York Times Magazine and the Huffington Post, amongst others.  

Jost debuted his memoir,  A Very Punchable Face, a series of essays that documents pivotal moments in Jost’s life including growing up in Staten Island in a family of firefighters, commuting three hours a day to high school, attending Harvard while Facebook was created, and more. For every accomplishment and absurd moment, there is an honest, emotional one told with a healthy dose of self-deprecation.   

Jost currently resides in New York.  


Colin was simply fantastic to work with, a true professional through-and-through. He asked many thoughtful questions in advance of the performance to really get a sense of the company and the audience he would be performing in front of.


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