Jost, above, didn’t flub any lines or embarrass himself. He also didn’t show why, after almost a decade at “SNL” as a writer (and co-head writer, since last season), he deserved this promotion. He lacked charisma, seemed nervous and blatantly relied on his cue cards.
We didn’t get much of a peek into his sense of humor, either. Perhaps it’s just the way “Update” works — it’s mostly snarky, quippy one-liners — but he didn’t do much to distinguish himself from predecessor Seth Meyers, who’s now doing “Update”-style jokes on “Late Night.”
Maybe Jost will be great. Maybe, like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon and Meyers, Jost is destined for stardom, his own sitcom or talk show. For now, all we can do is shrug.