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Saturday, July 16, 2022

BIOGRAPHY AND PROFILE of Jak Knight, comedian and ‘Bust Down’ star goes viral as he dies at 28

Comedian and actor Jak Knight died on Thursday night. He was 28 years old.

Knight’s family confirmed the news to Deadline, saying Knight died in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given.

Knight was best known for co-creating and starring in Peacock’s comedy series “Bust Down” alongside Chris Redd, Langston Kerman, and Sam Jay.

He also starred in the hit Netflix animated series “Big Mouth” where he played middle school student DeVon. Knight served as a writer on the show for five seasons.

Knight’s career-defining achievement was in the world of stand-up. He toured globally and became a well-known comic in Europe. In 2018, Knight was invited to star in Netflix’s special dubbed “The Comedy Lineup.”

Tributes poured in after the sad news of his death came to light, with Comedy Central calling Knight a “hysterical and honest comedian” in a tribute.

Starring opposite his team of co-creators Chris Redd, Sam Jay and Langston Kerman, the show follows a group of friends working low-wage jobs at a casino in Gary, Indiana. Bust Down debuted in March. Also with Jay, Knight worked on the HBO series Pause With Sam Jay as an actor, co-executive producer and writer.

Originally from Seattle, the L.A.-based Knight recently wrapped filming Chelsea Peretti’s feature directorial debut, First Time Female Director. He frequently toured with his stand-up act across the globe and appeared on a half-hour Netflix special that aired in 2018 as part of The Comedy Lineup series.

In a 2018 interview with Respect, Knight said he got his first job in the industry as a writer on the animated Lucas Bros. Moving Co. when he was close to 20 years old. Co-creators and identical twin brothers Keith and Kenneth Lucas “heard about me from somebody, I don’t know who, and they were like, ‘Aye, come hang out with us, come smoke,’” Knight recalled.

Comedy Central, which named Knight a comic to watch, posted a tribute on its official Twitter account, calling him “a hysterical and honest comedian. We will miss him tremendously.” Music producer, DJ and rapper Steven Ellison, best known by his stage name Flying Lotus or FlyLo, called Knight “unapologetically bold and hilarious.”

“A phenom,” posted Eddie Della Siepe. “An incredible talent and more importantly a great guy.”

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