Last weekend proved summer in New York is even more fun with SNL funnyman Colin Jost. After the recent release of his first-ever-film, “Staten Island Summer,” Jost is now gracing the cover of the Hamptons magazine sports issue. Hamptons magazine publisher Debra Halpert celebrated the cover star on Saturday Aug. 15 at the fabulously flirty Surf Lodge in Montauk.
Tastemakers gathered to enjoy a sunny seaside soiree with Jost. He arrived looking dapper in Canali. VIP guests included Steve Kasuba, Jayma Cardoso, Gina Bradley, Robert McKinley, Jacob Rabago (Canali), Christina Williams (Canali) and singers Kate Nauta and Matt White.
Jost and his guests showed off their rowing skills with Paddle Diva, paddle boarding along the Atlantic’s inlet. Everyone feasted on freshly shucked oysters from Oysters OX, Chateau d’Esclans Rose and Rock Angel, and specialty hors d’oeuvres from the Surf Lodge, including mouthwatering lobster rolls and fish tacos.
In the new issue of Hamptons magazine, Jost discusses “Staten Island Summer,” a hilarious movie about teens throwing a wild summer party together after senior year. Examiner was pleased to have an opportunity to chat with this talented Staten Island native about his film, his family and spending time in two fantastic New York venues – Staten Island and Long Island.
What was it like to pitch, write and act in your first movie? As a writer, I’m tired just thinking about it.
It was hard and it was great. I’ve written other movies before and it’s really the hardest thing to try to figure out, you know? And when I watch them, I wish I would have thought of another thing here or there, or some other joke. You know you’re always looking at it, and it’s kind of torture to look at something that you can’t edit anymore. It was kind of exciting because it felt like a rush to process and that helps me. If I’m more on a deadline, I work better.
I just watched your movie with my family and it was hilarious. I noted it was sort of a reflection on your own family and life. What was it like to have your brother in the film?
It was so cool that the first real film I did was with my brother and that’s a fun experience. How often do you get to do that?
What was the funniest moment during making of the film? I mean, you had the SNL crew and Penny Marshall there.
Oh my God, it was funny with Penny Marshall. We had another version of a scene where she jumped in the pool, also running when the fireworks were going off. It was funny and I felt bad that no one had prepped her on the fact that she had to go in the water. It was like you’re asking this legend to have to jump in the pool. I was so apologetic, like, oh my God, I’m sorry. But it was okay, she was very nice about it. We were lucky.
You were sort of defending the rep of Staten Island and now you hang out on Long Island, too. We also have our own rep problems. How does it stack up, since you hang out in both places?
It’s funny, Staten Island used to have a huge beach and boardwalk culture. There were summer homes there back in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Then the water quality went down. Now the beaches are coming back but it used to have a really vibrant summer culture there. It seems now most people from Staten Island leave during the weekends in the summer and they’ll go to the Jersey Shore or out to Long Island. There’s not really a rival place on Staten Island. It’s different as there are not really beaches where you can go to live at during the summer.
What does your family – a doctor and a teacher – think of this comedy career of yours?
I think they were skeptical at first. I think they were like, uh-huh, but then you’ll go to law school or something like that? And I was like, I don’t think I want to do anymore school. I think the idea of going back and taking anymore tests or doing anymore homework is ugh.
Well, I don’t really think you have to at this point since comedy isn’t likely to go out of style.
I hope not or I’d have to figure out medicine and make a transition. My friend was a writer, too, and is becoming a doctor. You realize how rigorous a process it is and I guess it should be for a doctor. I feel very grateful to get to do something that I like. I assume you enjoy writing, too, and as much as it’s hard sometimes, it’s really fun.
What was it like to do the cover of Hamptons magazine? You’re posing and looking quite debonair.
I wore very different looks from normal life and it was cool and very fun. The whole crew was great and we worked with the photographer from Gotham magazine when the whole SNL cast did a shoot for the 40th anniversary magazine. He was great and it was pretty easy. You’re shooting and it’s a nice day out and you’re out here and it’s pretty hard for something like that to feel like work.
What are your favorite hot spots in Staten Island and Long Island?
In Staten Island, I go to a bar called Cargo that I really love. And actually there is a show called the Practical Joker that’s on TV and the guys who are on it are all from Staten Island. They’re really funny and one of them used to be the bartender over there. So it’s kind of like the bar I would go to when I went back to Staten Island. He was always the funniest bartender and I told him you should be on TV. Then two years later, he was. And Adobe Blues is a Mexican restaurant that looks like an old saloon inside. They have about three hundred beers and they also have this delicious Mexican food. It’s really great. So those are my Staten Island places. There’s too many Italian places to mention.
On Long Island, too, you can’t even count them.
Yeah, but it’s a good problem to have.
It sure is.
Out here I love Dave’s Grill. Whenever I can get in there, I love it. I go to dinner at Gosman’s. And I’ll have tacos – what’s the name of that one – Tacombi in NY – it’s also on the corner over here? La Brisa? Is it? Something like that. We went there today after surfing and it’s so nice to have a taco and a margarita afterward.
To find out more about Colin Jost and his new movie, visit the Hamptons magazine website or pick up an issue available on newsstands now. Fans can also watch “Staten Island Summer” on Netflix.