Rising star Jak Knight, a 28-year-old stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, died Thursday night in Los Angeles, according to his family.
TODAY reported that the cause of his death has not been released, and his family has requested privacy going forward.
“Knight was best known for co-creating and starring in the Peacock comedy series “Bust Down.” Variety reported he had also recently finished filming “First Time Female Director,” the feature directorial debut of Chelsea Peretti. The project was to be his first film credit,” the outlet reported.
“Knight also played Devon on the hit animated Netflix series “Big Mouth” and was previously a writer on the show for five seasons. He also was a renowned stand-up comic and toured worldwide. He was featured in a 2018 Netflix special as part of “The Comedy Lineup” series,” the outlet added.
Many people have expressed their condolences and paid tribute to the young comedian.
Jak Knight was a hysterical and honest comedian. We will miss him tremendously. pic.twitter.com/F1dQEjT5GV
— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) July 15, 2022
Stand up is so fucked up because we surround ourselves with dope people that we never make an effort to see more often because we always assume we’ll see each other around. Jak Knight was such a force. I don’t know what to say. RIP.
— IFY (@IfyNwadiwe) July 16, 2022
sending luv to all my family who was close to Jak Knight and his family also. Only met bro recently literally last week smh such a beautifulll soul funny as hell kicking at Zack’s eatin lamb, smh scary how close death is these days,, may he rest peacefully InshAllah c u again
— siifu (@PinkSiifu) July 16, 2022
RIP to Jak Knight. We taped Netflix specials together years ago. He was an incredibly funny original voice in comedy and a great guy who will be sorely missed.
— Tim Dillon (@TimJDillon) July 16, 2022
I don’t know what to say about Jak Knight that he wouldn’t make fun of me for. But you were so incredibly loved and respected. There will never be anyone quite like you
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) July 16, 2022
Crushed by the passing of Jak Knight. Watch Bust Down NOW. I was lucky enough to spend years writing with and for Jak, and we taped our Netflix sets the same night. Such a fucking funny, surprising, kind, weird, singular talent. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
— Max Silvestri (@maxsilvestri) July 16, 2022
Beyond devastated to learn of Jak Knight’s passing. He was so effortlessly funny and one of the most fun people to be around.
— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) July 16, 2022
Below is a sample of his stand-up comedy performance:
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