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 35)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
Years active 2005–present

Colin Kelly Jost[1] (/st/, born June 29, 1982)[1][2] is an American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. 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]

Jost is currently dating Scarlett Johansson.[7]

Early life[edit]

Colin Jost was born and raised on Staten Island, New York.[8][9][10] He has one brother, Casey Jost, who had a role in Staten Island Summer and is a writer for Impractical Jokers.[11] His mother, Kerry J. Kelly, was the chief medical officer[12] 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.[13][14] Jost was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Regis High School in Manhattan, where he was the editor of the school newspaper, The Owl,[11] and Harvard University,[8] where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon.[9][15]


While at Harvard, Jost won $5,250 on a college edition of The Weakest Link. Shortly after graduating from Harvard, he was hired as a writer at NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 2005[8] 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.[16] He often collaborates with fellow SNL co-head writer Rob Klein.[17] During the summer hiatus following the 2012-13 season, executive producer Lorne Michaels asked Jost if he could do the "Weekend Update" feature,[8] 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.[18] 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.[8] In addition to Weekend Update, Jost made a brief cameo appearance as Ohio Governor John Kasich in a Republican presidential debate sketch.[19]

As a stand-up comedian, Jost has appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as well as on TBS and HBO.[20] He was selected as a "New Face" at the Montréal Just for Laughs festival in 2009,[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

Awards and honors[edit]

Jost has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards. He won a Peabody Award in 2009 and four Writers Guild (WGA) awards (2007, 2009, 2010, and 2017) for his work on Saturday Night Live.[24]

He was named a Breakout Artist by Carolines on Broadway in 2011.[citation needed]


Essays and reporting[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mandel, Peter; Baher, Cynthia (May 1983). "The Classes". Brown Alumni Monthly. 83 (8): 58. Retrieved September 13, 2014. Darnel A. ost 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. ^
  7. ^ Shenton, Zoe (2018-04-24). "Scarlett Johansson and boyfriend make red carpet debut at Avengers premiere". mirror. Retrieved 2018-05-13. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Fretts, Bruce (April 7, 2014). "Surely You Jost!". TV Guide. p. 9.
  9. ^ a b Zaino, Nick A. III (July 25, 2013). "Colin Jost, from Harvard Lampoon to 'SNL'". The Boston Globe.
  10. ^ Fox, Jesse David (January 23, 2014). "Meet Colin Jost, SNL's New 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor". Vulture. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Colin Jost and Michael Che: 25 Things You Don't Know About Us". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ Friedman, Milly (February 24, 2014). " 'Saturday Night Live' moves young comic Colin Jost into a 'Weekend Update' anchor chair". Daily News (New York).
  14. ^ Bailey, Rob (March 1, 2014). "Staten Island native Colin Jost to make 'Weekend Update' debut on March 1's 'Saturday Night Live'".
  15. ^ Ramisetti, Kirthana (January 23, 2014). "Colin Jost to replace Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' cohost on 'Saturday Night Live'". Daily News (New York).
  16. ^
  17. ^ Gallagher, Brian (March 5, 2010). "Tracy Morgan Set for ID Theft". MovieWeb. 
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 23, 2014). "'SNL' Names New 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Watch John Kasich Sketches From SNL Played By Colin Jost -". NBC. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  20. ^ Cavin, Cory (January 28, 2011). "Check Out Comedian Colin Jost Tonight!". Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Jost, Colin (April 4, 2011). "Explaining Your Time Warner Bill". The New Yorker. 
  23. ^ "Watch Colin Jost dump Alison Brie in 'How to be Single' trailer". 
  24. ^ "From SNL and YouTube to CBS and CNN: Peabody Awards Handed Out To 36". TVNewser. May 18, 2009. 

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