Meet Daniel A. Jost, Colin Jost’s Father

Daniel A. Jost is the father of Colin Jost, an American comedian, actor, and writer famously known for his work on Saturday Night Live (SNL).

For many years, Daniel remained in the dark until recently, when attention was drawn to him being the father of the famous American comedian, actor, and Saturday Night Live writer. More interestingly, he has another son, Casey Jost, who is also famous in Hollywood as a writer and producer. 

The older Jost is a former teacher who, although he has very famous children, still managed to keep a very low profile with his wife. Since his real identity became clear, more questions have continued to roll out about who he is and his relationship with his famous son.

Summary of Daniel A. Jost’s Bio

  • Full name: Daniel A. Jost
  • Nickname: Dan Jost
  • Gender: Male
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Education/Schools attended: The Pingry School, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Daniel A. Jost’s Wife: Dr. Kerry Kelly
  • Daniel Jost’s Children: Colin Jost, Casey Jost
  • Daniel A. Jost’s Parents: John A. Jost and Barbara Jost
  • Siblings: 2
  • Famous for: Being the father of Colin and Casey Jost

Daniel A. Jost Spent His Early Life In New Jersey

His mother is Barbara Jost. Born in the 1910s, she survived the Spanish Flu pandemic, and in 2020 when she was over 103 years old, she witnessed yet another pandemic with the coming of the Corona Virus. As of 2020, she was still living in Lavallette, New Jersey, where she had lived all her life.

Regarding his education, Jost went to The Pingry School, Hillside, in New Jersey, and from there, he went to Brown University, where he graduated. Next, he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He Spent Many Years Of His Life Working As A Teacher

With two sons in the entertainment business, one would likely think that Daniel’s career is linked to showbiz, but as it turned out, it is not anywhere close. The man had a career as a teacher, which lasted for many years. Also, as an engineer, he worked with Staten Island Technical High School, where he taught for a better part of his life before he retired.

Dan Jost also works with the Staten Island Museum Board of Trustees. He later became the vice-chairperson of the board. At the moment, he is still the chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. As a result of his contribution and that of his wife to the museum, his wife was honored at the 140 years celebration of the museum.

While he did not have any career on TV, in 2020, he made an appearance alongside his wife and Casey on Impractical Jokers.

Jost Has Been Married To Dr. Kerry Kelly Since The 1970s

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Jost is a married man who has spent many years with his wife, Dr. Kerry Kelly, a big name in the New York fire department. The pair are believed to have met when they were both students of Brown University, but details about that are not yet clear.

Dr. Kelly went to Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island. For someone who has always been a standout, she graduated cum laude from Vassar College before spending some time at Princeton University, where she was a special student. It was from here that she went to Medical School at Brown. Kelly was in her second year at medical school when she got engaged to Daniel Jost in 1974, and by 1975, the lovely pair had tied the knot.

Kelly was born into a family of firefighters as while her grandfather was a firefighter, her father also got to retire as a lieutenant with the Fire Department of the City of New York. More so, she also has a brother who works for the same department. Following in their footsteps, she decided to join FDNY, rising to become the Fire Department’s Chief Medical Officer.

Kelly is the first woman to ever hold the position, and she was the longest-serving. She is most recognized for her selfless contributions during the 9/11 attack, she rushed to the scene to help immediately after the tragic incident, and she got caught in a secondary collapse. Fortunately, she dug herself out.

Daniel A. Jost Is A Father Of Two Sons

As indicated, Daniel A. Jost has two children, both of whom are famous. His first child is Colin Jost, while the second is Casey Jost.

Colin Jost

Daniel’s first child is the famous comedian and writer Colin Kelly Jost, whom he had with his wife, Kerry Kelly. The younger Jost was born on June 29, 1982, in New York, United States. It was also here that the teacher and his wife raised their son.

Daniel brought his son up in the Catholic faith, and he went to Regis High School in Manhattan. He proceeded to Havard University and graduated cum laude in 2004. He began his career with Staten Island Advance daily newspaper in New York.

In 2009, he joined SNL, where he remains to date. A Primetime Emmy Award nominee, he has won several awards, including multiple Writers Guild of America Awards for Comedy/Variety and a Peabody Award. In 2020, Colin got married to actress Scarlett Johansson, and together, they have a son, Cosmo Jost, with whose birth Daniel became a grandad.

Casey Jost

Daniel’s second son is Casey Jost. He was also born to him his wife, Kerry Kelly, on 17 June 1985 in New York, United States. While he may not be as popular as his brother, the younger of the Jost boys has also come a long way in the American entertainment scene.

Amongst most other things, Casey is better known for being the writer and producer of Impractical Jokers. His other works include the 2012 TV series, Above Average Presents and Jokers Wild (2014), Staten Island Summer (2015), Inside Amy Schumer (2016), Better Briefs (2017), Short Term Rentals (2018), and Swipe Monsters (2021).

In 2014, he got married to the love of his life, Lisa Kleinman.

Daniel A. Jost Has A Close Relationship With Colin Jost and Casey

One thing that will always be clear to anyone following either Colin or Casey Jost on social media is that the brothers have a special bond. More than that, they also have a similar bond with both their father and mother.

Even though they always share more pictures and information about their mother, they have also not failed to celebrate Daniel Jost on special occasions such as father’s day. They also spend time together doing different activities, including playing golf and attending various events as a family.


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