Colin Jost Was Not Stoned When He and Pete Davidson Bought $280K Ferry
Colin Jost has countered rumors that he was “very stoned” when he and former “Saturday Night Live” castmate Pete Davidson purchased a decommissioned Staten Island Ferry in January 2022 for $280,100. The ferry, named the John F. Kennedy, was bought from the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services via auction and is planned to be transformed into a live entertainment space and event venue by the two comedians and their friend Paul Italia, co-owner of the Stand comedy club. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Jost and Davidson’s big purchase and what we know about their plans.
Background and Purchase of the Ferry
Both Jost and Davidson are Staten Island natives. Jost rode the ferry into the city to attend high school, while Davidson used it to travel for standup gigs before joining the cast of “SNL” in 2014.
Davidson and Jost, alongside Italia, purchased the ferry via auction in January 2022 for $280,100. The boat had been decommissioned by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services due to “mechanical issues” and was declared in “poor condition.”
Plans for the Ferry
Rehabilitation and Renovations
The trio’s plan is to repurpose the ferry into a live entertainment space and event venue, featuring comedy, art, and food. The boat still needs a permanent home on the waterfront.
Jost has suggested that the pair could have the ferry operational by 2025 and added that it could become a “big show on the river.”
Colin Jost’s Response to Stoned Rumors
Davidson’s TV Interview
Davidson said during a TV interview that he and Jost were “very stoned” when they purchased the ferry. However, he added that they were “figuring it out.”
Jost’s Instagram Response
In a response posted to his Instagram account, Jost said that he was “actually stone-cold sober” when they bid on the ferry, adding that they are excited to prove the non-believers wrong.
Colin Jost and Pete Davidson bought a decommissioned Staten Island Ferry for $280,100 in January 2022. The boat’s poor condition and mechanical issues did not deter the two comedians from planning to renovate it into an entertainment venue featuring comedy, art, and food. Jost has disputed Davidson’s comments that they were very stoned when they purchased the boat and suggested that the ferry could be up and running by 2025.
1. Is the ferry still in poor condition?
The ferry, named the John F. Kennedy, was declared in poor condition when Davidson, Jost, and Italia purchased it at auction. However, their plans are to renovate the boat into a live entertainment space and event venue.
2. What is the proposed timeline for opening the ferry as an entertainment venue?
Jost has suggested that the ferry could be operational by 2025.
3. How did Davidson and Jost come up with the idea to buy a ferry?
The inspiration for purchasing the ferry is unknown. Davidson has mentioned that they were “very stoned” at the time, while Jost has said that he was “stone-cold sober.”
4. What are some of the potential amenities of the ferry entertainment venue?
The ferry is planned to feature comedy, art, and food as part of its entertainment offering.
5. Have Davidson and Jost collaborated on other projects besides purchasing the ferry?
Davidson and Jost appeared together in the 2021 film “Tom and Jerry.”