Carolines breakout artist: Colin Jost

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World famous comedy venue Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine have joined forces to present the Breakout Artist Comedy Series. Each Tuesday, at Carolines in New York City, an emerging stand-up comedy star will headline their own show and prove just why they’ve been quietly building a name for themselves in the national comedy scene.

And since we here at Punchline Magazine are all about exposing the best comedians – well-known or not – we’ll be profiling each comedian taking part in the Carolines series each week. So let’s get to this week’s headliner: Colin Jost!

Colin Jost is a writing supervisor at Saturday Night Live, where he’s written since 2005. He’s also got a film Identity Theft in development) as well as Kappa Mikey , an animated series for Nickelodeon, under his belt.

He’s performed in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Richmond, Fort Lauderdale, and Toronto, just to name all the places he’s performed. He’s the author of more than 2,000 e-mails. His collection of poems, “Je Ne Say What?!” received three genius grants. And in 2003, he became the first person to win the New York City Marathon simultaneously in both the regular and wheelchair divisions. He’s eight feet tall.

Not including at a comedy club or comedy event, tell us about a time where being a comedian came in handy.
On the set of Precious. I was able to keep the mood light.

Who do you think are the breakout artists of the next few years?
I’d look out for Chester Larabee, Rozilla Flagg, Berkeley Grimball, Oleander Stursevant, C.C. Felton, Bugzester Maxim, Loyce Quattlebaum, and Baron Curt von Maltzahn.

How’d you land your job as a writer at SNL?
Hard work + Perseverance – Attitude + Computer glitch.

Is writing sketch something new for you? How much does it relate to your stand-up act?
I actually wrote sketches before I performed stand-up, so I’ve had to adjust to being a performer. Sometimes an idea works better as a sketch, and sometimes it’s better as a stand-alone joke. Often, it doesn’t work for either.

You were the editor of the Harvard Lampoon, a position once held by Conan O’Brien. Is there some sort of Harvard blood oath that requires you to seek vengeance on his behalf?

You mean the Oath of Osiris, Lord of the Netherworld? No…

What’s next for Colin Jost? Where will you be in a few years?
Popping out babies.

Below, check out a recent sketch Colin wrote for Saturday Night Live. Enjoy!

Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Colin Jost’s show at Carolines on May 25. Get more ticket info here.

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