Jak Knight, stand-up comedian and writer, dead at 28
Stand-up comedian and writer Jak Knight has died at 28.
The Hollywood Reporter shared that Knight died in Los Angeles on Thursday. A cause of death has not been shared for the comedian.
“Knight’s loved ones ask that their privacy please be respected during this extremely difficult time,” a representative for Knight told the outlet.
Comedian Jak Knight has reportedly died at 28.
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Knight’s career was taking off as his recent production for Peacock, “Bust Down,” debuted in March. Knight co-created, executive produced and starred in the series.
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He also wrote for hit shows including Netflix’s “Big Mouth” and ABC’s “Black-ish.”
His peers shared condolences following the tragic news of his death.
Comedy Central took to Twitter on Friday and wrote, “Jak Knight was a hysterical and honest comedian. We will miss him tremendously.”
Peacock’s “Bust Down” and Universal Television shared a joint statement with the Hollywood Reporter that read, “We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight.”
“He was a brilliant comedian, visionary and artist and we were all lucky to experience his greatness. Our hearts are with Jak’s family, friends and community during this heartbreaking time.”
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Comedian Eddie Della Siepe called Knight “a phenom” in a tribute Twitter post. “An incredible talent and more importantly a great guy,” he added.
In a 2018 interview with Respect, Knight credited Dave Chappelle for inspiring his career in comedy. One hundred percent the reasons why I do what I do,” he said at the time.
Knight co-wrote and starred in Peacock’s "Bust Down" which debuted in March.
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Knight would eventually go on to open for Chappelle as being one of the stand-up comics to join him on stage while on tour.
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During that same interview, Knight detailed writing and voicing DeVon in the hit-series “Big Mouth.”
“Being a writer is amazing and just being in the room with some of the most brilliant people alive, and I get to sit across the table with people like Jordan Peele and Maya Rudolph,” he shared. “It’s surreal but it’s a lot of work, work.”