Saturday Night Live‘s “newest addition” isn’t actually a new addition at all. Colin Jost, named today as Seth Meyers’ imminent Weekend Update successor, has been writing for the sketch show since 2005 (shortly after he graduated from Harvard; underachiever) and was named its co-head writer in 2012. True, he’s only appeared on the show a handful of times — in just two sketches, according to IMDB — but that doesn’t mean Jost lacks performing experience: He’s also a seasoned standup comedian who has appeared on stages around the country and on programs including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.
Want to know more? Of course you do!
1. He has mastered the art of the third-person website bio
Proof: “[Jost] did Speech and Debate at Regis High School in Manhattan, then commuted home to Staten Island to be in musicals, even though he sings like a monster. Somehow he’s appeared in Fiddler on the Roof over a thousand times. Colin studied ‘the History and Literature of Russia and Britain’ at Harvard, though he remembers very little Russian and knows zero British history except that they used to have a Queen back in the 21st Century.”
2. He’s dating Rashida Jones
Fun fact — though they both went to college in Boston… well, not in Boston, but nearby… no, not Tufts, Jones and Jost reportedly met at Seth Meyers’ wedding last September.
3. His last name rhymes with “most,” not “cost”
Note for Don Pardo.
4. He’s got a “Shouts and Murmurs” column in the latest issue of The New Yorker
It’s his fourth time writing for the magazine, and it’s a sendup of out of office autoreplies. It contains this sentence: “I will not be checking my landline, which is a can attached to a string.”
5. He also used to write for the Nickelodeon cartoon Kappa Mikey
Which was about an American kid starring in a Japanese TV show, and was very… busy.
6. This is his recipe for the perfect joke
As told to the New York Times Magazine last January: “One tbsp. current events; 1/2 cup structure; 8 oz. white-guy dancing; 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground Bieber paternity test; Osama bin Laden to taste; garnish with ‘This guy knows what I’m talkin’ about!'”
7. He wrote an autobiographical movie called Staten Island Summer
It stars Gina Gershon, Ashley Greene, Kate Walsh, Jim Gaffifan, and current SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan, and is directed by SNL producer Rhys Thomas, who also directed Stefon’s epic goodbye sketch last year. Plotwise — kid comes of age while working as a lifeguard the summer after high school — the film sounds a little bit like The To Do List… a film written and directed by Maggie Carey, who happens to be married to ex-Stefon Bill Hader. Comedy: It’s a small world!
8. He’s had one major goal on SNL
And that’s to eventually squeeze in references to every single public high school located in his home borough of Staten Island, according to a 2008 interview with the Staten Island Advance.
9. He’s very proud of his luscious locks
As well he should be.
10. He’s written all kinds of SNL sketches, obviously…
…but this might be his funniest work. Excited to see Jost deliver his own material?