Comedian, writer and independent actor dies at 28 – The Hollywood Reporter
Jak Knight, an independent comedian, actor and writer who recently co-created the Peacock series Bust Downpassed away at the age of 28.
Knight passed away Thursday night in Los Angeles, his family confirmed through an agency representative on Friday. Additional details, including the cause of death, were not released at this time. “Knight’s loved ones ask that their privacy please be respected during this extremely difficult time,” the representative said.
Knight’s career is not only flourishing, but his star is on the rise. After writing for a string of hit shows – from Netflix’s critically acclaimed dramatic comedy Big mouth to ABC’s beloved Black-ish – Knight passionately co-creates, executive produces, and stars in Peacock’s new streaming series Bust Down.
Starring co-creators Chris Redd, Sam Jay, and Langston Kerman, the series follows a group of friends who work low-paying jobs at a casino in Gary, Indiana. Bust Down premieres in March. Also with Jay, Knight worked on the HBO series Pause with Sam Jay as an actor, co-executive producer and writer.
Knight, who recently filmed his directorial debut with Chelsea Peretti First time female director, frequently toured with his stand-up act across the globe. He appeared in a half-hour Netflix special that aired in 2018 as part of Comedy squad series.
In an interview with RespectKnight said he got his first job in the industry as a writer on cartoons Lucas Bros Moving Co when he was almost 20 years old. Co-creators and identical twins Keith and Kenneth Lucas “heard someone tell me about me, I don’t know who, and they said, ‘Aye, come hang out with us, go smoke. go,” Knight recalled.
Riffing on sitcoms Sisters, Knight suggests that there is a third sister who has been abandoned and turned evil. The Lucas brothers were impressed and they offered him to be on their show. “I like, yes, and that’s it. The writing pack is a pure stupid toy. “
Knight credited as independent legend Dave Chappelle and animator Boondocks for inspiring his career in comedy. “100% of why I do what I do,” he says. He will eventually open for Chappelle on tour, one of many indie artists he has joined on various stages, including Joel McHale, Eric Andre, Moshe Kasher and Aziz Ansari.
In the same interview, he shared about his experience not only writing for Big mouth but voiced the character DeVon. “Being a writer is amazing and just being in a room with some of the best people alive and I get to sit across from people like Jordan Peele and Maya Rudolph,” he said. “It’s bizarre but it’s a lot of work, work.”
His death was a shock to the comedy community with many insiders expressing grief and disbelief Friday afternoon. Comedy Central Official Twitter Account posted“Jak Knight is a hysterical and honest comedian. We will miss him immensely.”
“One Phenom”, posted Eddie Della Siepe. “An incredible talent and more importantly a great guy.”
More will come.