Continuing in the tradition of “SNL” head writers becoming “Weekend Update” anchors, Colin Jost will be stepping into Seth Meyers’ shoes when Meyers leaves to take over “Late Night” next month.
Deadline broke the story Thursday morning that Jost, who joined “SNL” as one its youngest writers in 2005, will take over the coveted spot on March 1, co-anchoring alongside Cecily Strong who began her tenure at the desk this season.
Jost is a stand-up comedian who was a breakthrough performer at 2010′s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and has since been seen on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.”
A fixture in the New York comedy scene for the greater part of the last decade, Jost came to “Saturday Night Live” after graduating from Harvard (like so many “SNL” alum before him) where he was the president of The Harvard Lampoon.
Upon hearing the news, former “SNL” writer and fellow comedian John Mulaney expressed enthusiasm for Jost’s new role:
I am thrilled for @TheColinJost! One of the funniest/smartest people in comedy! He once fell asleep on a burger. He will kill it on Update.
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) January 23, 2014
Seth Meyers’ final episode of “SNL” is set for February 1 when Melissa McCarthy hosts for the third time.
Check out Colin Jost talking about his favorite “SNL” sketches back stage at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” below: