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Birth name: Colin Kelly Jost
Born/Date of Birth: June 29, 1982
Place of Birth: Grymes Hill, Staten Island, New York, United States
Height: 1.79 m
Medium: Stand-up, television, film
Parents: Daniel A. Jost, Kerry Kelly
Education: Harvard University (2004), Regis High School (2000)
Genres: Political/news satire, observational comedy,sketch comedy,blue comedy,insult comedy,surreal humor
Subject(s): Mass media/news media/media criticism, American politics, American culture, current events,pop culture
Partner(s): Scarlett Johansson (2017–present; engaged)
Colin Kelly Jost (born June 29, 1982) is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He has been a writer for Saturday Night Live 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 came back as one of the show's head writers in December 2017.
Colin Jost was born and raised in the Grymes Hill neighborhood of Staten Island, New York. He has one brother, Casey Jost, who had a role in Staten Island Summer and is a writer for Impractical Jokers. His mother, Kerry J. Kelly, was the chief medical officer for the New York City Fire Department, and his father, Daniel A. Jost, is a former teacher at Staten Island Technical High School. Jost was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Regis High School in Manhattan, where he was the editor of the school newspaper The Owl, and Harvard University, where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon. During his freshman year there, he lived in Greenough Hall.
While at Harvard, Jost won $5,250 on a college edition of Weakest Link. After graduation, he was hired as a writer at NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 2005.
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. He often collaborates with fellow SNL co-head writer Rob Klein. During the summer hiatus following the 2012–13 season, executive producer Lorne Michaels asked Jost if he could do the "Weekend Update" feature, 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.
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. In addition to Weekend Update, Jost made a brief cameo appearance as Ohio Governor John Kasich in a Republican presidential debate sketch.
As a stand-up comedian, Jost has appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as well as on TBS and HBO. He was selected as a "New Face" at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival in 2009, and has since appeared at the Chicago Just for Laughs festival in 2011 and 2012 and the Montréal festival in 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. 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.
In late 2018, Jost and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared in an advertising campaign for Izod.
Jost, along with Michael Che, appeared on the March 4, 2019 episode of WWE's Monday Night Raw, where both were announced as special correspondents for WrestleMania 35 on April 7. That same episode, they got involved in a storyline with wrestler Braun Strowman, eventually resulting in both Jost and Che becoming participants in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. At the event, Jost and Che went under the ring for the majority of the match, and then tried to eliminate Strowman while he was trying to do the same to the Hardy Boyz. Jost attempted to calm the situation by using his therapist, but Strowman chokeslammed him and eliminated the comedians in quick succession, winning the battle royal.
His brother Casey Jost is a writer, producer, and insider for Impractical Jokers. Jost began a relationship with actress Scarlett Johansson in May 2017. It was confirmed in May 2019 that Jost and Johansson were engaged.
Jost was involved in controversy in April 2019 when Uproxx writer Steven Hyden published an article detailing the public backlash against him. This caused his Weekend Update co-anchor Che to criticize Hyden, including vandalizing Hyden's Wikipedia page.
While at Harvard, Jost had been classmates with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. In 2015, Jost donated $100 to Buttigieg's mayoral reelection campaign.
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