Colin Jost

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Colin Jost
Colin Jost at Citi Field, 2015.jpg
Jost at Citi Field in 2015
Birth name Colin Kelly Jost
Born (1982-06-29) June 29, 1982 (age 36)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
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Alma mater Harvard University
Years active 2005–present
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Colin Kelly Jost[1] (/st/, born June 29, 1982)[1][2] is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He is known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he has served as a writer since 2005 and "Weekend Update" co-anchor since 2014. He also served as one of the show's co-head writers from 2012 to 2015, and it was announced that he would come back as one of the show's head writers in December 2017.[3][4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Colin Jost was born and raised on Staten Island, New York.[7][8][9] He has one brother, Casey Jost, who had a role in Staten Island Summer and is a writer for Impractical Jokers.[10] His mother, Kerry J. Kelly, was the chief medical officer[11] for the New York City Fire Department and a physician on Staten Island, and his father, Daniel A. Jost, is an engineer and former teacher at Staten Island Technical High School.[12][13] Jost was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Regis High School in Manhattan, where he was the editor of the school newspaper The Owl,[10] and Harvard University,[7] where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon.[8][14]

Career[edit]

While at Harvard, Jost won $5,250 on a college edition of Weakest Link. Shortly after graduating from Harvard, he was hired as a writer at NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 2005[7] at 22 years old. From 2009 to 2012 Jost was SNL's writing supervisor. He was co-head writer from 2012 to 2015 and regained that status in late 2017.[15] He often collaborates with fellow SNL co-head writer Rob Klein.[16] During the summer hiatus following the 2012-13 season, executive producer Lorne Michaels asked Jost if he could do the "Weekend Update" feature,[7] as co-anchor Seth Meyers would soon be leaving to host Late Night With Seth Meyers. Jost accepted and replaced Meyers on the March 1, 2014, episode.[17] Jost names Norm Macdonald as a primary influence for his "Update" anchor work, as Macdonald's tone was the one Jost grew up with in high school. He also names Tina Fey as an influence.[7] In addition to Weekend Update, Jost made a brief cameo appearance as Ohio Governor John Kasich in a Republican presidential debate sketch.[18]

As a stand-up comedian, Jost has appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as well as on TBS and HBO.[19] He was selected as a "New Face" at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival in 2009,[20] and has since appeared several times at the Chicago Just for Laughs festival (2011 and 2012) and the Montréal festival (2010 and 2012). Jost has published three "Shouts and Murmurs" pieces in The New Yorker magazine, in addition to writing for The New York Times Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Staten Island Advance and Radar.[21] Jost wrote the screenplay of and played a minor role in the 2015 comedy film Staten Island Summer. He also had a minor role as Paul in the 2016 romcom feature How to Be Single.[22]

In Autumn of 2018 Jost and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared in an advertising campaign for Izod.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Jost began a relationship with actress Scarlett Johansson in December 2017.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Staten Island Summer Officer Greg Also writer
2016 How to Be Single Paul

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2005–present Saturday Night Live Himself, Various Also head writer
2006 Kappa Mikey N/A Writer
7 episodes
2017 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Himself 3 episodes; also head writer (11 episodes)
2018 75th Golden Globe Awards N/A Writer
2018 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) TV special

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Explaining your Time Warner bill". Shouts & Murmurs. The New Yorker. 87 (7): 33. April 4, 2011.
  • "A few more bank security questions". Daily Shouts. The New Yorker. July 13, 2012.
  • "Automatic reply". Shouts & Murmurs. The New Yorker. 88 (45): 30. January 28, 2013.

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2007 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2009 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Won
Peabody Award[25] Saturday Night Live Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2010 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2011 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Nominated
2014 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series[26] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2015 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series[27] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2016 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[28] Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series[29] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2017 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[30] Saturday Night Live Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series[31] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[32] Saturday Night Live Won
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[32] Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series[33] Saturday Night Live Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mandel, Peter; Baher, Cynthia (May 1983). "The Classes". Brown Alumni Monthly. 83 (8): 58. Retrieved September 13, 2014. Darnel A. Jost and his wife. Dr. Kerry Kelly '77 M.D., of Staten Island, N.Y., report the birth of their first child, Colin Kelly Jost, on June 29.
  2. ^ "Colin Jost". TV Guide. Archived from the original on January 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Johnson, Ben (October 30, 2008). "Cover Story: Jost for Laughs". AWE.
  4. ^ Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer (January 23, 2014). "'SNL' head writer to join Cecily Strong as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor". The Today Show. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Abramovitch, Seth. "Colin Jost Steps Down as Head Writer at 'Saturday Night Live'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  6. ^ http://deadline.com/2017/12/saturday-night-live-colin-jost-michael-che-co-head-writers-of-nbc-series-1202225574/
  7. ^ a b c d e Fretts, Bruce (April 7, 2014). "Surely You Jost!". TV Guide. p. 9.
  8. ^ a b Zaino, Nick A. III (July 25, 2013). "Colin Jost, from Harvard Lampoon to 'SNL'". The Boston Globe.
  9. ^ Fox, Jesse David (January 23, 2014). "Meet Colin Jost, SNL's New 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor". Vulture. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Colin Jost and Michael Che: 25 Things You Don't Know About Us". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  11. ^ https://nypost.com/2018/03/16/fdny-head-medical-officer-retires-in-thelma-and-louise-style/
  12. ^ Friedman, Milly (February 24, 2014). " 'Saturday Night Live' moves young comic Colin Jost into a 'Weekend Update' anchor chair". Daily News (New York).
  13. ^ Bailey, Rob (March 1, 2014). "Staten Island native Colin Jost to make 'Weekend Update' debut on March 1's 'Saturday Night Live'". silive.com.
  14. ^ Ramisetti, Kirthana (January 23, 2014). "Colin Jost to replace Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' cohost on 'Saturday Night Live'". Daily News (New York).
  15. ^ https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/12/colin-jost-michael-che-head-writers-saturday-night-live
  16. ^ Gallagher, Brian (March 5, 2010). "Tracy Morgan Set for ID Theft". MovieWeb.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 23, 2014). "'SNL' Names New 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Watch John Kasich Sketches From SNL Played By Colin Jost - NBC.com". NBC. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  19. ^ Cavin, Cory (January 28, 2011). "Check Out Comedian Colin Jost Tonight!". Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
  20. ^ Gadino, Dylan P. (July 16, 2010). "Just For Laughs: Feimster, Lawrence, Jost impress at New Faces". LaughSpin. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013.
  21. ^ Jost, Colin (April 4, 2011). "Explaining Your Time Warner Bill". The New Yorker.
  22. ^ "Watch Colin Jost dump Alison Brie in 'How to be Single' trailer".
  23. ^ Palmieri, Jean E. (September 5, 2018). "Parody Traditional Fashion Ads in New Izod Commercials". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  24. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan (2017-12-01). "Introducing ScarJost: Scarlett Johansson And Colin Jost Go Public". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  25. ^ "From SNL and YouTube to CBS and CNN: Peabody Awards Handed Out To 36". TVNewser. May 18, 2009.
  26. ^ "2014 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced" (Press release). Writers Guild of America. February 1, 2014. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  27. ^ McNary, Dave (December 4, 2014). "'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Lead WGA TV Nominations". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  28. ^ McNary, Dave (January 6, 2016). "'The Martian,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Land Writers Guild Nominations". Variety. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  29. ^ Lewis, Dave (July 14, 2016). "Nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  30. ^ Petski, Denise. "WGA TV Nominations: 'The Americans', 'Stranger Things', 'Westworld', 'This Is Us' Among Nominees". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  31. ^ "Emmys 2017: Full List of Nominations". Variety. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  32. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (7 December 2017). "WGA Awards: Top TV Noms Include 'Handmaid's Tale', 'Stranger Things', 'The Americans', 'GLOW'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  33. ^ "Emmys: Netflix Beats HBO With Most Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.

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