Seth Myers is about to get his own show in late night with Jimmy Fallon taking over for Leno, so naturally, that leaves his spot open at Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update. Sure, the program may only be once a week, on Saturday nights, but someone’s got to do it, and it’s an integral part of the show. According to reports, SNL head writer Colin Jost is taking over for Myers.
Jost joined the SNL staff in 2005, and was appointed head writer in 2012. He has seven Emmy nominations, three WGA awards and a Peabody award. He’s also a former stand-up comedian, as seen above. Not a bad resume at all.
The tradition of head writer taking over on Weekend Update is a long and storied one. Well, at least recently. Colin Jost joins fellow head writers Seth Myers and Tina Fey who both had the chair at some point.
Is Weekend Update still relevant in this era of Stewart, Colbert, Conan, Fallon, Kimmel and so on? That may be a debate for another day, but I’m looking forward to seeing Jost in action.
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