6 Facts About 'SNL's Colin Jost You Should Know Before Seeing Him on Weekend Update

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Seth Meyers is leaving Saturday Night Live. This is not new. What feels new is how imminent that departure is — it's coming up on Feb. 1. With that date impossibly close, SNL has now announced Meyers' successor: Current SNL head writer Colin Jost will be taking Meyers spot at the Weekend Update desk. So let's get to know him a bit, shall we?

Jost's Been On Staff Since 2005

Jost was hired for SNL when he was 22 — as ya do, immediately after graduating from Harvard, where he was the president of the Harvard Lampoon, that hallowed publication of humor that has spewed out countless comedy notables in its time. Jost was promoted to head writer for SNL in 2012, and during his time on staff, he's been nominated for five Emmys, and won a Peabody in 2009 and three Writers Guild of American awards in 2007, 2009, and 2010. God, I feel lazy and untalented just writing this.

He Wrote And Acted In a Paramount Feature Film Coming Out This Summer

It's called  Staten Island Summer — Staten Island is where he is from — and according to Splitsider it follows "two poolside lifeguards who just graduated from high school: one named Danny who's off to Harvard in the fall, and another named Frank who's unsure of what to do with his life." Ashley Greene and Kate Walsh also star.

He's A Stand-Up Comic

As with countless comics of SNL past and present, Jost also works as a stand-up comedian. His television debut was a set on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, during which he muses on identity theft, elderly people's fashion sense, and Facebook.

Colin Jost on YouTube

It's Pronounced Joe-st, Not Joss-st

Color me corrected.

Colin Jost on YouTube

He's Got a Great Twitter, Which Already Reads Like A Weekend Update Segment

This would make sense, as he's probably had a hand in writing it for years, so why not put the extra brainstormed material out into the twitterverse?

He'll Be The Third Consecutive Head Writer To Take Over Weekend Update

He's following in the footsteps of Tina Fey and Seth Meyers, so you should probably get used to his face.

Colin Jost on YouTube