A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir

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An ode to Colin Jost’s A Very Punchable Face:
Why would I read this book, isn’t he young for a memoir?
It’s well written and quite funny. He has led an interesting life.
How much of the book is about Scarlett Johansson?
Very little! The book is about his childhood in Staten Island, time at Harvard, as a student in Russia, his early experiences at SNL, and the last few years as head writer and on-air talent on the show. It’s full of cool revelations, like his mother’s role as chief medical officer of the NYC Fire Department. He’s extremely self-deprecating and geeky, which makes him endearing and kind of adorable.

But is the book actually funny?

It is! He’s got great observations about himself which reminded me of people I know and myself. Some of his SNL stories are hilarious and he’s got oddball footnotes on most pages that are also funny. It’s a smart book, too, and is very much like his Weekend Update newscast.
I don’t watch SNL, will I like it?

Maybe not. I am a fan of the show. My teen and I watch it together religiously, so the parts of the book that deal with behind the scenes, SNL culture, etc., were especially interesting to me. There’s a section about which iconic sketches he wrote, and if you’ve never seen the show, it might not connect with you.
I like pictures, are there any?

There are many pictures, many unflattering but humorous. All in all, I really enjoyed A Very Punchable Face and recommend it to SNL fans.

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Author Colin Jost
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Crown
Publish Date 7/14/2020
ISBN 9781101906323
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Issue September 2020
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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