Meet Colin Jost: New ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Puts His Standup Chops to the Test (Video)

The current “SNL” head writer moves to the anchor chair on March 1

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 7:06 PM

Colin Jost, the newly minted co-host of Weekend Update on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has almost 10 years of writing experience for the sketch show to draw from for the new gig, but perhaps more important is his background as a stand-up comic.

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That type of experience is likely to serve the Weekend Update anchor chair, compared to recent cast hire Sasheer Zamata’s sketch comedy bona fides.

And since Jost is a New Yorker, he’s got the jaded attitude covered:

Also unlike Zamata, Jost has an inside track at NBC. Of course the new Weekend Update cohost has been a writer at SNL for years, but he’s also done standup on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon“: