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(Slate)   Today's Slatesplanation: Why you, too, should love Colin Jost   (slate.com) divider line
    More: Hero, Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels, Colin Jost's new memoir, Burger Jost, Weekend Update, Tina Fey, Scarlett Johansson, SNL Disorder  
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2 days ago  
He's with Scarlett J so he won life.
 
2 days ago  
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I don't care how handsome people say he is, I hope he realizes how far above his weight class he's punching. Lucky bastid.
 
2 days ago  
He has only one ball. He has to have traded one in for his success.
 
2 days ago  
I only made it part of the way through the article, but I think young Mr. Jost might want to get a restraining order against the author
 
2 days ago  

Mega Steve: I only made it part of the way through the article, but I think young Mr. Jost might want to get a restraining order against the author


Me too, but that's because I didn't want to do the paywall dance.
 
2 days ago  
Weekend Update: Christmas Joke Swap 2019 - SNL
Youtube Ys786ZsA5tI
 
2 days ago  
This was back when he was just a head writer at Saturday Night Live: before I'd ever seen his blandly handsome face on my TV screen, before he became engaged to Scarlett Johansson,before I'd watched him deliver the joke news on Weekend Update-before I developed an unhealthy fixation on him, before I tweeted about him scores of times (in the pursuit of an ongoing bit where I pretended to see him as a righteous truth-teller), before I caught what I've come to think of as "SNL Disorder."

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2 days ago  
Jost and Che are the best newsmen since McDonald.
 
2 days ago  
I actually quite liked that. Probably because it was, you know, a book review and not Slate's normal stuff (or at least their more infamous work).
 
2 days ago  

halifaxdatageek: I actually quite liked that. Probably because it was, you know, a book review and not Slate's normal stuff (or at least their more infamous work).


It was a Slate article that didn't tell me I'd been doing some mundane task wrong my whole life, so it was a welcome change.
 
2 days ago  
I find him and Che both to be a little too smug for their barely above mediocre output. Also, Che has thing for cyber ganging on people who've called him out on some of his bullshiat.
 
2 days ago  
No.
 
2 days ago  

Joe Stapler: Jost and Che are the best newsmen since McDonald.


It's a damn shame Tina Fey got saddled with Fallon.  If she'd had a competent comedian, their run would have been epic.
 
2 days ago  
What the hell is a Colin Jost?

/no I didn't read the article
 
2 days ago  
Jost has rich, Hampton-bro sense of humor. Not surprising, because that's who he is.

I work in real estate in NYC and can not only affirm that this is the sense of humor they all have, but that it also sucks ass.

It's almost frat boy humor, but with less edge.
 
2 days ago  
I like them on Update. Also, looking at his photo, Jost should definitely play one of the Kennedys sometime.
 
2 days ago  
Who?
 
2 days ago  
Ill row against the tide here, I don't like him.  There's just something about him that irritates me. I couldn't watch him on SNL, his face is punchable to me -- and I'm not a punchy person.

/ had no idea he was independently wealthy or was hitched to scarlet and don't really care.
 
2 days ago  

TheCableGuy: Ill row against the tide here, I don't like him.  There's just something about him that irritates me. I couldn't watch him on SNL, his face is punchable to me -- and I'm not a punchy person.


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2 days ago  

Obscure Login: Jost has rich, Hampton-bro sense of humor. Not surprising, because that's who he is.

I work in real estate in NYC and can not only affirm that this is the sense of humor they all have, but that it also sucks ass.

It's almost frat boy humor, but with less edge.


Thier Xmas/end of season joke swaps are pretty good. Obviously Che gets him with the racist humor, but I think he is decently funny.
 
2 days ago  
Here are some names I've been called on social media as well as regular media: "Bland," "Pasty," "Transparent," "Milquetoast" (gross), "the Whitest Man in History," "Powder," "If Milk Became a Person," "Milk-Face," "Milk the Movie," "You Tall Glass of Egg Whites" (™ Leslie Jones), "Casper," "Gay Casper," "Chicken Salad," "If Jizz Became a Person," and of course, "The Actual White Devil."

Sometimes these names are hurtful. Sometimes they're just confusing. (What is a "Mayonnaise Yeti"?) But mostly they make me laugh. And I learned very early on that laughing at yourself is a terrific survival mechanism.


Okay so I actually do like Jost (though clearly not as much as the author of TFA), so I read a sample. It seems entertaining. I appreciate someone who is able to laugh at themselves. 

/spoiler alert: Mayonnaise Yeti is the book's Russian title
 
2 days ago  
The joke swaps are comedy gold.
 
2 days ago  
I've resented him since he retained his spot on Weekend Update, while Cecily Strong was replaced with Michael Che. They were "moving in a new direction", and while I like Che, it felt like they replaced the wrong "anchor". Jost's delivery didn't seem funny, his acting always awkward, and he just seemed emotionally cold, while Strong was the opposite. It also felt like, as head writer, he pulled a Dick Cheney, when Cheney was put in charge of finding a suitable running mate for George W Bush. "Weekend Update just doesn't have that spark", I imagined Lorne saying, "we need to mix things up, Colin old boy, see what you can do!" The ultimate white male establishment preservationist power play.

In the official account of the decision, in addition to the show's "changing direction", Strong wanted to do more roles in sketches, which she found more fun and interesting. So the decision was framed as giving Strong what she wanted, but that it wouldn't allow her enough time to prepare for her role as a Weekend Update anchor. Maybe that's true, I don't know what it takes to do that job, but it just doesn't seem like it should require that much time for the anchor role; the writing can be delegated to writers, and how much prep time does it take to do the delivery, when you've already got 3 years experience doing it? Of course I have no idea, I'm just armchair show managing, but it never felt like a convincing explanation.

And Jost's delivery still doesn't seem to add any humor...Weekend Update's humor is more from its writing than Jost's acting.
 
2 days ago  

Danger Avoid Death: I don't care how handsome people say he is, I hope he realizes how far above his weight class he's punching. Lucky bastid.


On one hand it's Scarlett, but on the other hand becoming the third husband of a mom with a kid isn't that lucky.
 
2 days ago  
Was this article written by Brian Quinn from Impractical Jokers?
 
2 days ago  

UNC_Samurai: Joe Stapler: Jost and Che are the best newsmen since McDonald.

It's a damn shame Tina Fey got saddled with Fallon.  If she'd had a competent comedian, their run would have been epic.


You mean like Amy Poehler for a couple years?
 
2 days ago  

T Baggins: I've resented him since he retained his spot on Weekend Update, while Cecily Strong was replaced with Michael Che. They were "moving in a new direction", and while I like Che, it felt like they replaced the wrong "anchor". Jost's delivery didn't seem funny, his acting always awkward, and he just seemed emotionally cold, while Strong was the opposite. It also felt like, as head writer, he pulled a Dick Cheney, when Cheney was put in charge of finding a suitable running mate for George W Bush. "Weekend Update just doesn't have that spark", I imagined Lorne saying, "we need to mix things up, Colin old boy, see what you can do!" The ultimate white male establishment preservationist power play.

In the official account of the decision, in addition to the show's "changing direction", Strong wanted to do more roles in sketches, which she found more fun and interesting. So the decision was framed as giving Strong what she wanted, but that it wouldn't allow her enough time to prepare for her role as a Weekend Update anchor. Maybe that's true, I don't know what it takes to do that job, but it just doesn't seem like it should require that much time for the anchor role; the writing can be delegated to writers, and how much prep time does it take to do the delivery, when you've already got 3 years experience doing it? Of course I have no idea, I'm just armchair show managing, but it never felt like a convincing explanation.

And Jost's delivery still doesn't seem to add any humor...Weekend Update's humor is more from its writing than Jost's acting.


WU write their own shiat.
 
2 days ago  
The hateboner for the Slate is a thing here
 
2 days ago  

Geoff Peterson: T Baggins: ...

WU write their own shiat.


The anchors contribute their own material, but there are many writers on the dedicated WU writing staff, and there's no reason a performer must be among them. From Hollywood Reporter:

While "Weekend Update" boasts its own staff of dedicated writers to pen zingers riffing on the week's headlines, the show isn't beyond casting a wider net. Select comedians are invited at the beginning of each new season to join a "Weekend Update" email list - blind copied so no one knows exactly who is on it - and submit their own jokes. If one makes it to air, the writer is paid $100.
 
2 days ago  

cyberspacedout: UNC_Samurai: Joe Stapler: Jost and Che are the best newsmen since McDonald.

It's a damn shame Tina Fey got saddled with Fallon.  If she'd had a competent comedian, their run would have been epic.

You mean like Amy Poehler for a couple years?


She replaced Tina at the desk, not Fallon.
 
1 day ago  

UNC_Samurai: cyberspacedout: UNC_Samurai: Joe Stapler: Jost and Che are the best newsmen since McDonald.

It's a damn shame Tina Fey got saddled with Fallon.  If she'd had a competent comedian, their run would have been epic.

You mean like Amy Poehler for a couple years?

She replaced Tina at the desk, not Fallon.


It was the other way around. Then Tina left, and Seth Meyers took her place.
 
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