When Cecily Strong was named Weekend Update co-anchor at Saturday Night Live last September, she already had fans from her year as an SNL cast member. It wasn't clear if she would have the Weekend Update desk to herself after Seth Meyers leaves the show in February to host NBC's Late Night. Now we know: On Thursday, producer Lorne Michaels announced that head writer Colin Jost will move in front of the camera to co-anchor the faux news segment with Strong.
Jost isn't a household name, but he has done stand-up on TV before, making his debut in 2012 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon — the show Meyers is taking over. (Watch above)
More recently, Jost appeared on Comedy Central, performing on Jon Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show last July:
That's what Jost looks and sounds like, plus a flavor of his sense of humor. It doesn't tell us much about the longtime SNL writer. Luckily, Jost talks about himself a bit in his stand-up routines: Here, he explains his name:
And here he talks with comedian Jeffrey Gurian backstage at New York's The Comic Strip about working at SNL, his time studying Russian and British history at Harvard, and other biographical details:
Finally, here's a stand-up performance from August 2012, in which he talks about his love life. We won't get any of that on Weekend Update. But if the audience is any indication, we'll get some good laughs. Watch:
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