A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating.

“I always wanted to punch his face before I read this book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls.”—Larry David


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Cosmopolitan Vulture Parade

If there’s one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it’s being able to take a punch—metaphorically and, occasionally, physically. 

From growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school and “seeing the sights” (like watching a Russian woman throw a stroller off the back of a ferry), to attending Harvard while Facebook was created, Jost shares how he has navigated the world like a slightly smarter Forrest Gump.

You’ll also discover things about Jost that will surprise and confuse you, like how Jimmy Buffett saved his life, how Czech teenagers attacked him with potato salad, how an insect laid eggs inside his legs, and how he competed in a twenty-five-man match at WrestleMania (and almost won). You'll go behind the scenes at SNL and Weekend Update (where he's written some of the most memorable sketches and jokes of the past fifteen years). And you’ll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian—from performing in rural college cafeterias at noon to opening for Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall.

For every accomplishment (hosting the Emmys), there is a setback (hosting the Emmys). And for every absurd moment (watching paramedics give CPR to a raccoon), there is an honest, emotional one (recounting his mother’s experience on the scene of the Twin Towers’ collapse on 9/11). Told with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, A Very Punchable Face reveals the brilliant mind behind some of the dumbest sketches on television, and lays bare the heart and humor of a hardworking guy—with a face you can’t help but want to punch.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
CJ
Colin Jost
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
07:41
hr min
RELEASED
2020
July 14
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
SIZE
469.3
MB

Customer Reviews

lahaiehey ,

How is this someone’s life

I’m not sure how someone can only be 38 and have this many crazy things happen to them but this book was absolutely hilarious and I hope his life continues like this and he writes another book. His Emmy suggestions made me laugh so hard.

Saraleflg ,

Laugh out loud funny

The book is charming, witty and very funny. Would recommend the audiobook version for the added oomph. Absolutely loved it.

LittleTanner ,

Hilarious!

Great listen and is constantly telling funny stories.

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