Colin Kelly Jost was born June 29, 1982, in Staten Island, New York. He always enjoyed writing and doing comedy, and many are surprised to find out he was also an Ivy League student, being a Harvard graduate. He was hired as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” in 2005, and, after a few years, he started appearing on-camera as the new “Weekend Update” host, a post in which he currently holds the record for longest run. He is married to famous actress Scarlett Johansson and has a son with her named Cosmo.
History of Colin Jost
The longest-running “SNL” anchor, Colin Jost, always had a talent for comedy and worked hard on it from a young age. Jost was born in New York City on June 29, 1982. His father is a former teacher at a medical school while his mother, who is a doctor, is the chief medical officer for the Fire Department in New York City. He is the oldest son and his sibling, Casey, is also a writer and a producer for “Impractical Jokers.” While in high school, he was the editor of the school paper. After graduating, he attended one of the top Ivy League Schools, Harvard. Jost majored in literature and history, focusing on Russia and Great Britain, and graduated with honors.
Since high school and Harvard, Jost has been writing comedy and performing it as well by doing stand-up. In 2005, he was hired as a writer for “Saturday Night Live”, starting in that position and working his way up to Co-Head Writer. During his time as a writer, he created iconic characters like “Drunk Uncle”, played by Bobby Moynihan. After Seth Meyers stepped down from his role as anchor in the “Weekend Update” section of the show, Jost took his place and shared the role with Michael Che. Apart from television writing, he has been published in several news outlets such as “The New Yorker” magazine, “The Huffington Post,” and “Radar.” In total, he has won five Writers Guild Awards, two Peabody awards, and 12 Emmy Award nominations.
Jost met his current wife, Scarlett Johansson on the set of “Saturday Night Live” back in 2006, she was a first-time host while he was a writer. He wrote a sketch for her when guest starring in 2010. It is reported they started dating in 2017 and that “S.N.L.” co-star Kate McKinnon helped set them up. They got engaged in 2019 and had an intimate wedding ceremony in October 2020. They had their son, Cosmo, in 2021.
Colin Jost timeline
After graduating from college and submitting his samples, he is hired by the “Saturday Night Live” team.
He is recognized for his writing by receiving the award for Comedy/Variety series.
Four years after working as the writing supervisor for “S.N.L.”, he is promoted to Co-Head Writer, collaborating alongside Rob Klein.
After years of writing for the show, he is asked to be in the “Weekend Update” section of “S.N.L.,” becoming one of the longest-running anchors.
He writes and publishes his book “A Very Punchable Face,” which has a 4.6 review average on Amazon.
Jost does a cameo during his wife’s appearance on the popular Reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Colin Jost FAQs
How much does Colin Jost make per “S.N.L.” episode?
As one of the main cast members, he makes $25,000 per episode, he usually makes an appearance on all episodes in a year or season.
Is Colin Jost religious?
He was raised Roman Catholic, however, there isn’t much information on if he still practices religion actively.
Does Colin Jost do sketches?
He works as a writer, for stage and camera, however, he has appeared in “S.N.L.” not in skits but in a specific section of the show.
What does Jost mean?
It comes from three different definitions, ‘just’ from Latin, ‘warrior’ as per Celtic roots, and ‘lord,’ which also comes from Celtic origins.
5 Surprising Facts
Was a contestant on a game show
While studying at Harvard, he participated in the show “The Weakest Link” and won a prize of around $5,000.
He did debating at school
During his time in high school, he did speech and debate, which prepared him for his current job at the “Weekend Update” section of “S.N.L.”
He has worked alongside athletes
Jost participated in a commercial for Izod with Greenbay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
He was president of the “Harvard Lampoon”
The “Harvard Lampoon” is a humor publication done by undergraduate students, and Jost was the president of said publication.
Participated in the Junior Olympics
Jost has revealed in an interview that during his childhood he was a swimmer and competed in the 50 and 100-meter strokes.
Why We Love Colin Jost
Leaked personal information for charity
The “S.N.L.” writer and his wife announced their wedding news via the “Meals on Wheels” Instagram account. They stated their wish was to make a difference by supporting the association.
He is close with his step-daughter
His wife had a child, Rose, from a previous marriage with ex-husband Duriac. It was reported that Jost is very close to Rose despite not being her biological father.
Jost modeled for a cause
He was a model for the brand Geoffrey Beene a few years back. He actually decided to take the job because he found out the company donates all its net profits to cancer research.
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